Recent Columns

  • In Legislature, the votes don’t always add up

    So where does five equal nine?In the Illinois General Assembly, naturally.Or at least in a corner of ...
    April 23, 2014 - 8:57 pm
  • For Republicans, Madigan is now perfect bogeyman

    A poll taken for Rasmussen Reports earlier this month found that Gov. Pat Quinn’s unfavorable rating was 55 percent.
    April 21, 2014 - 9:37 pm
  • Having no credit score a problem for future?

    Dear Dave,I’m 20 years old, and I’m trying to get out of debt. However, I’m concerned about what mig ...
    April 18, 2014 - 11:20 pm
  • Second Opinion: Official silence prompts public skepticism

    Famed Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein once described the job of journalists as trying to get information that other people don’t want them to have.
    April 18, 2014 - 11:11 pm
  • Legislators take spring break

    SPRINGFIELD – It’s spring break. Let the party begin.The General Assembly hit a sort of halfway poin ...
    April 15, 2014 - 8:34 pm
  • New strategy has Madigan craving credit

    A long time ago, I asked Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan why he never golfed at his golf outing fundraisers.
    April 14, 2014 - 7:17 pm
  • Time to testify: Nothing but the truth

    During a recent committee hearing in the Illinois House of Representatives, this editor testified on behalf of a bill to ensure more open government.
    April 11, 2014 - 7:07 pm
  • Don’t listen to bank’s bad advice

    Dear Dave,I want to roll over a 401(k), and my bank is encouraging me to roll it over to fixed annui ...
    April 11, 2014 - 6:48 pm
  • Quinn zeroes in on Rauner

    Gov. Pat Quinn didn’t exactly hold back on opponent Bruce Rauner when he met with The State Journal-Register editorial board last week.
    April 8, 2014 - 9:17 pm
  • Politics: Where the right thing goes to die

    Doing the right thing involves a simple concept:Examine the options, then choose the one that serves ...
    April 7, 2014 - 10:35 am
  • Foolish spending by mom and dad?

    Dear Dave,My husband and I are debt-free, and we have several hundred thousand dollars in savings. W ...
    April 4, 2014 - 9:58 pm
  • ‘Straight talk’ on increasing income taxes

    However you feel about the need, or lack thereof, of making the income tax increase permanent, you have to give Gov. Pat Quinn credit for at least one ...
    April 1, 2014 - 11:45 pm
  • Quinn, leaders ‘in cahoots’

    It turns out that the governor and the two Democratic legislative leaders met privately for at least several days to negotiate details of Gov. Pat Qui ...
    March 31, 2014 - 10:59 pm
  • Love changes everything

    I’m constantly reading or viewing something about the church or Christianity that gets me going, inspired or disgusted.
    March 27, 2014 - 10:18 am
  • Lots of letters – on politics and other stuff

    Comics readers: Don’t say you were not warned!Starting next Saturday, the SV Weekend comics section ...
    March 28, 2014 - 8:06 pm

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