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  • City election about more than this campaign

    What do you want, Dixon, in your first new mayor of the 21st century?One candidate promises “to cont ...
    March 27, 2015 - 6:22 pm
  • Pay kids for good grades?

    Dear Dave,What’s your opinion on rewarding kids with money for getting good grades in school?– JoeDe ...
    March 27, 2015 - 2:23 pm
  • Help? Not so fast

    Dear Dave,My daughter is in her late 20s, and she has a good job making $50,000 a year. The other da ...
    March 20, 2015 - 9:22 pm
  • Arm yourself for the most public of battles

    If you want to attend the meeting of a government body, or to inspect a public record, you need two levels of cooperation.
    March 20, 2015 - 9:18 pm
  • Open government laws deserve some cake

    On Sunday we will begin the 10th annual observance of Sunshine Week.“Open government is good governm ...
    March 13, 2015 - 6:53 pm
  • No resolution on state spending

    And the stalemate goes on.As you are aware, Gov. Bruce Rauner says a $1.6 billion hole in the curren ...
    March 10, 2015 - 9:49 pm
  • Bumpy caucus meeting bodes ill for budget

    Gov. Bruce Rauner has met with dozens of state legislators, both individually and in small groups, since his election. By all accounts, every meeting ...
    March 9, 2015 - 9:40 pm
  • Easy to make public resent state pensioners

    Political solutions usually have winners and losers.That’s not going to be the case with whatever fi ...
    March 6, 2015 - 5:46 pm
  • What does it mean?

    Dear Dave,I bought a piece of lake property not long ago, and the developer has first right of refus ...
    March 6, 2015 - 12:27 pm
  • Hey, Governor, that's not a nice thing to say

    That was quite the speech Gov. Bruce Rauner gave last week at an Illinois Farm Bureau conference in Springfield.
    March 3, 2015 - 9:31 pm
  • Juggling two budgets spurs 'rookie mistake'

    A rookie mistake has led to some big problems.House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President Joh ...
    March 2, 2015 - 10:02 pm
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