Recent Columns

  • 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
  • Police need public’s help ... so do newspapers

    Different readers put their newspaper into different categories.Some see us as a public utility, suc ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 7:35 pm
  • Rauner budget prompts more questions

    Remember how after Gov. Bruce Rauner gave his State of the State speech, a common question was, What’s he up to?
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 11:19 pm
  • 'Budget neither honest nor real'

    After he was elected, but before he was sworn in to office, Bruce Rauner repeatedly lambasted Gov. Pat Quinn and the legislative Democrats for passing ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 7:43 pm
  • 17th District a stepping stone for Bustos?

    Just weeks after Congresswoman Cheri Bustos started her second term in Illinois’ 17th District, political conspirators are planning to make it her las ...
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 6:16 pm
  • Process shouldn’t take a year

    Dear Dave,I’m 30 and debt-free. Do you think I should stop making contributions to my 401(k) account ...
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 12:11 pm
  • Union focus puts pols on the spot

    More than a few Statehouse types have been wondering aloud for weeks what Gov. Bruce Rauner is up to with his almost daily attacks on organized labor. ...
    Feb. 16, 2015 - 9:38 pm
  • We have met the enemy – he is the other guy

    When venture capitalist Bruce Rauner sat down with the Sauk Valley Media Editorial Board on April 22, 2013, he wasn’t yet an announced candidate for g ...
    Feb. 13, 2015 - 6:26 pm
  • You can't spin gold into a safety net

    Dear Dave,I’m retired, and I have about 5 percent of my retirement savings in gold and silver I’ve b ...
    Feb. 13, 2015 - 12:29 pm
  • Ambitious agenda outlined

    Gov. Bruce Rauner gave his first State of the State speech last week, and as speeches go, it was OK.
    Feb. 10, 2015 - 10:16 pm
  • When legislators laugh, the joke’s on the governor

    I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a governor openly and loudly laughed at on the House floor. At least, not while he was present.
    Feb. 9, 2015 - 10:08 pm
  • Illinois long in the mood for corruption

    Headaches outnumber perks in the job of a newspaper editor.Maybe it’s only natural that we remember ...
    Feb. 6, 2015 - 5:57 pm
  • Keep flood insurance?

    Dear Dave,I’m debt free except for my home, and I’ll have that paid off in about 12 months. I make $ ...
    Feb. 6, 2015 - 1:25 pm
  • Rauner pension slide slides over certain details

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner has been going around with a slide show to illustrate the varied, and severe, problems facing the state.
    Feb. 3, 2015 - 9:04 pm
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