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  • Some little things you might want to know

    No major changes are planned.But a few things about your newspaper are (or will be) different.If you ...
    Oct. 17, 2014 - 10:19 pm
  • Buy the dream car,

    Dear Dave,I’m in college, but I’m not the typical college student. I’ve gone back to law school afte ...
    Oct. 17, 2014 - 12:24 pm
  • Speed debate' didn't play so well in Peoria

    It was a week that began with great expectations and ended largely with a shrug.We’ll start with the ...
    Oct. 14, 2014 - 9:43 pm
  • Sigh of relief over Rauner stance

    The most important question asked of Bruce Rauner during last week’s gubernatorial debate in Peoria was posed by Jamey Dunn-Thomason of Illinois Issue ...
    Oct. 13, 2014 - 9:06 pm
  • Film calls out to the downtrodden

    One of the Christmas traditions in our lifetime is the annual TV presentation of the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” by the filmmaker, Frank Capra.
    Oct. 11, 2014 - 1:15 am
  • Symposium quenches thirst for debate

    Among the many roles of a newspaper is that of being a forum for public discussion.Sauk Valley Media ...
    Oct. 10, 2014 - 6:36 pm
  • Rehab the house? Yes, yes, yes

    Dear Dave,My husband and I recently inherited my parents’ home. It’s in a small, rural town with lit ...
    Oct. 10, 2014 - 12:52 pm
  • Polls indicate Quinn is weak outside Chicago

    OK, so what we’re going to do today is discuss some congressional races that you may or may not care about in order to talk about the governor’s race, ...
    Oct. 7, 2014 - 10:11 pm
  • Serving customers: Find a way to say yes

    Customers should always feel appreciated, especially during Customer Appreciation Week.“I am a conce ...
    Oct. 3, 2014 - 4:51 pm
  • Avoid myth of asset allocation

    Dear Dave,Can you explain the “asset allocation” theory when it comes to investing?– MatthewDear Mat ...
    Oct. 3, 2014 - 1:19 pm
  • Under tough scrutiny, Rauner not at his best

    Just a quick note to Bruce Rauner: The next time you try to claim that Gov. Pat Quinn is "personally" under federal investigation (an allegation that, ...
    Sept. 29, 2014 - 8:49 pm
  • If we get it wrong, help us to make it right

    Because the small reporting staff of this newspaper cannot be everywhere all the time, we have to make decisions on how best to use our limited resour ...
    Sept. 26, 2014 - 5:34 pm
  • Don’t give up giving

    Dear Dave,Do you recommend people continue tithing and giving while getting out of debt?– SarahDear ...
    Sept. 26, 2014 - 12:42 pm
  • Poll, judge's ruling a double whammy for GOP hopeful

    It was a double whammy of sorts last week for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.The fi ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 10:48 pm
  • Rauner endures rough week

    Bruce Rauner reportedly had one of those bugs that were going around last week.I feel his pain. I wa ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 1:15 am

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