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  • 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
  • With last call, gubernatorial campaign ends

    Another momentous week in Illinois politics last week.First, outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn contacted Repub ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 10:20 pm
  • Note to Rauner: Madigan can be worked with

    Last December, Bruce Rauner appeared on a WLS Radio talk show program and revealed that he planned to form a new campaign committee to counter the pow ...
    Nov. 17, 2014 - 9:26 pm
  • Can you believe it? Maybe you shouldn’t

    When she went for her pre-vacation haircut, the editor’s wife got some unsolicited travel advice after the stylist learned of our flight plans.
    Nov. 14, 2014 - 3:16 pm
  • Not so fast, my friend

    Dear Dave,We’ve got our starter emergency fund in place, and we’ve paid off the last of our debt. Cu ...
    Nov. 14, 2014 - 11:04 am
  • Unpopular Quinn doomed from the start vs. Rauner

    Bruce Rauner outperformed the 2010 gubernatorial election performance of his fellow Republican Bill Brady in every region of the state last week.
    Nov. 10, 2014 - 10:22 pm
  • You read it here first; disregard polls

    No election passes without at least a few surprises.Maybe the biggest surprise of this election was ...
    Nov. 7, 2014 - 7:09 pm
  • Teach her first, then comes responsibility

    Dear Dave,My daughter is a freshman in college, but I didn’t save for her education. My parents said ...
    Nov. 7, 2014 - 12:52 pm
  • Abortion arises as hot issue at campaign's end

    Some of you will read this column before the election, and some of you will read it after. I suppose I could have written two columns, but I've been k ...
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 6:52 pm
  • Jacobs-Anderson race is Senate's most expensive

    Everyone who pays any attention to politics knows the race for governor is setting new records for money raised and spent. Late last week, it was alre ...
    Nov. 3, 2014 - 10:52 pm
  • Planning to vote? It’s almost too easy

    Do you plan to be part of the solution?Or do you plan not to vote?Lots of folks wimp out of voting w ...
    Oct. 31, 2014 - 6:55 pm
  • Extra savings ward off volatility

    Dear Dave,I’m a 26-year-old journalist making $26,000 annually, and the only debt I have is $31,000 ...
    Oct. 31, 2014 - 12:30 pm
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