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  • Marsh’s success continues

    A place in southeastern Wisconsin is like few places in the world.Its size is immense, and its locat ...
    Oct. 10, 2015 - 1:15 am
  • Illinois has a problem; is anyone there to solve it?

    Supporters of programs to aid victims of domestic violence and sexual assault held a rally in the Capitol last week to underscore problems the program ...
    Oct. 8, 2015 - 1:15 am
  • Nothing doing; Legislature, governor stand pat

    The Illinois Senate had been scheduled to return to Springfield on Oct. 6 after not being in session since Sept. 9. But last week, the Senate presiden ...
    Oct. 6, 2015 - 9:05 pm
  • More customers means more expectations

    As the digital world expands, so does the customer base for digital businesses – like newspapers.Whi ...
    Oct. 2, 2015 - 8:38 pm
  • 'Continuous session' isn't so continuous

    You may recall that the Illinois House of Representatives has been in continuous session since the budget impasse began in June. House Speaker Michael ...
    Sept. 30, 2015 - 1:15 am
  • Partisan, bitter budget stances growing harder

    A poll and a speech may have hardened positions even further on both sides of the highly partisan and bitter state government impasse.  
    Sept. 30, 2015 - 2:20 am
  • Some bluebirds stay home

    “They were in flocks almost as dense as blackbirds,” wrote Percy Tavener of an Eastern bluebird sighting in October 1905. “When they lit, they were in ...
    Sept. 26, 2015 - 1:15 am
  • How much detail of tragedy is too much?

    This isn’t the first time the editor’s weekly column has dealt with the newspaper’s reporting of tragedies.
    Sept. 25, 2015 - 8:26 pm
  • Cancelled card doesn’t erase credit history

    Dear Dave, I recently tried to cancel a credit card, and the customer service representative told me ...
    Sept. 25, 2015 - 2:08 pm
  • No session, same result

    For the first time since the budget impasse started, neither the House nor the Senate was in session last week in Springfield.
    Sept. 22, 2015 - 1:15 am
  • By avoiding their job, they avoid blame

    We hope you have been entertained, amused and/or a bit annoyed by our state budget tracker on the Opinion page.
    Sept. 18, 2015 - 7:11 pm
  • Comptroller's assessment grows bleaker

    As you probably know already, Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger said last week that the state government's backlog of unpaid bills will hit $8.5 bill ...
    Sept. 15, 2015 - 1:15 am
  • This campaign a marathon, not a sprint

    Have you heard the latest political news out of Iowa?Ben Carson has nearly caught Donald Trump – may ...
    Sept. 11, 2015 - 10:30 pm
  • National video

    Reader Poll

    CNN will host the first debate of Democratic candidates for president on Oct. 13. Do you plan to watch it?
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