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  • Christmas cash coming from many sources

    What plans do you have for all your extra money in 2015?Gasoline prices keep dropping.Your state inc ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 6:47 pm
  • Unlikely thief in family

    Dear Dave,I gave my wife $350 for Christmas shopping at Walmart. While she was there with our 6-year ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 1:30 pm
  • Topinka’s death may give rise to change in law

    Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka's untimely death last week exposed a flaw in the state constitution and election law.
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 10:09 pm
  • Remembering Illinois' most human politician

    As you already know, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka passed away last week.Topinka had a stroke the mo ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 8:04 pm
  • Helping him stay on track

    Dear Dave,My brother and I recently received an inheritance after our mom died. He’s never been very ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 10:23 pm
  • News to you isn’t news to everybody

    Is that really news?That is not an uncommon question from newspaper readers.When you publish news ev ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 10:23 pm
  • Session ends with a whimper

    SPRINGFIELD – Well, that was all rather anti-climactic.The General Assembly wound up its annual veto ...
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 9:16 pm
  • Fumbling and bumbling the minimum wage

    Pretty much every Statehouse finger of blame was pointing north toward Chicago for the minimum-wage-hike bill's failure during the legislative veto se ...
    Dec. 8, 2014 - 8:28 pm
  • As audience shifts, publications adapt

    When folks ask what has changed in the publishing business, we have to respond, What hasn’t?And it’s ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 9:08 pm
  • Aim for properly budgeted Christmas

    Dear Dave,My wife and I are still paying off debt, so we didn’t budget anything for Christmas. How m ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 1:30 pm
  • The wrong half of the month

    Dear Dave,My husband and I are following your plan, and we’re trying to reconcile our on-paper budge ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 4:21 pm
  • Rauner better have good ideas on pension fixes

    It wasn’t exactly shocking last week when a Sangamon County judge ruled that the state’s pension reform law is unconstitutional.
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 6:19 pm
  • GOP government job-hunters had best calm down

    Whenever a new governor is about to be sworn in, one of the most popular Springfield "parlor" games (which are usually not played in parlors, but in t ...
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 10:13 pm
  • Everyone knows what real news is

    News is a relative term in the age of the Internet.“News is what the editor says it is,” the late Be ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 3:52 pm

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