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  • That’s not a tax hike, is it?

    Interesting little spot Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner has put some of his supporters in.
    July 30, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Mishaps aplenty for Democratic treasurer hopeful

    Back in January, state Sen. Michael Frerichs formally kicked off his campaign for Illinois state treasurer and posted a video online touting the fact ...
    July 29, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Keep hands off the 529

    Dear Dave,My wife and I have $25,000 in credit card debt, $2,500 in medical bills and $89,000 each i ...
    July 26, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Gap can be wide between writer, reader

    What we think we wrote might not be what you think you read.What you think you said might not be wha ...
    July 26, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Rauner finally offers details

    Give Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner credit for finally putting some details in his economic plan.
    July 23, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Service tax polls well, but it's no 'magic bullet'

    "This morning," 1,063 respondents were told the evening of July 17 during a Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll, "Republican candidate for governor Bruce ...
    July 29, 2014 - 8:33 am
  • Don't leave estate with life insurance

    Dear Dave,My mom is 71 and debt-free. She’s investing $600 a month in a universal life insurance pol ...
    July 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • What were you thinking? Readers tell us

    Readers find inventive ways to comment about their newspaper.They will scrawl a message in the margi ...
    July 19, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Showdown time for Quinn’s botched anti-violence program

    It’ll be a showdown of sorts next week when the Legislative Audit Commission meets and talks about whether to go ahead with further hearings on Gov. P ...
    July 16, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Rauner keeps lead despite tax loophole issue

    A new Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll found Republican Bruce Rauner leading Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, 51 percent to 39 percent. That’s pretty much th ...
    July 15, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Who do you want to hang out with?

    Dear Dave,I have job offers from two tech companies. One is in San Antonio and pays $55,000 a year, ...
    July 12, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Don’t get tricked into voting in November

    Should be enough good races on the Nov. 4 ballot to get you to vote.But this isn’t a presidential el ...
    July 12, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Pension reform: It’s back to the drawing board

    In a sweeping 6-1 decision, the Illinois Supreme Court last week struck down an attempt to force government retirees to pay more for their subsidized ...
    July 8, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Make no mistake ... we all make them

    Attached to page 1 of our May 22 edition was a handwritten letter that arrived on the editor’s desk. ...
    July 5, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • No amendments? No surprise

    SPRINGFIELD – Let’s have a show of hands. How many of you were surprised at the court ruling that will keep the term-limit and remap amendments from a ...
    July 2, 2014 - 1:15 am
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