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  • It’s a newspaper for, about you – feed it!

    Readers are a newspaper’s best source of information.Our Community section, published every Saturday ...
    April 24, 2015 - 4:24 pm
  • Know difference between debts

    Dear Dave,My wife and I are on Baby Step 3 of your plan. We’re also saving up to buy a car with cash ...
    April 24, 2015 - 1:23 pm
  • Have cuts raised speaker's ire?

    It may never be clear just what happened with the evolving fiasco of the latest round of $26 million in budget cuts to human service and public health ...
    April 21, 2015 - 9:41 pm
  • Advocacy effort for 'turnaround' gets underway

    Gov. Bruce Rauner devised a new way to reward his friends and punish his enemies on Thursday when he created a campaign committee called “Illinois Tur ...
    April 20, 2015 - 7:46 pm
  • Ready to move on to the 2016 election?

    In the fall of 2007, a letter to the editor published in a northern Illinois newspaper was sharply critical of Hillary Clinton, whose presidential cam ...
    April 17, 2015 - 4:02 pm
  • Sharing successes important

    Dear Dave,My husband and I are 28 years old. We’re completely debt-free, and we each have great jobs ...
    April 17, 2015 - 1:00 pm
  • You can't turn it around until you introduce a bill

    Gov. Bruce Rauner has been traveling around the state touting his "turnaround agenda."As you may rec ...
    April 14, 2015 - 11:32 pm
  • What’s the goal?

    Dear Dave,We have two girls in competitive gymnastics, and it’s costing $12,000 to $15,000 a year at ...
    April 10, 2015 - 8:29 pm
  • Anyone surprised by Tuesday’s tallies?

    Last week’s column asked the question, Did that November election portend anything?Dixon voters this ...
    April 10, 2015 - 8:28 pm
  • 'Fixer-upper' may be for sale, or perhaps not

    SPRINGFIELD – When you're desperate for money, and options are limited, you sometimes have to resort to dredging up old ideas.
    April 7, 2015 - 7:21 pm
  • Ballot has lots of holes, but some good races

    If you look hard enough, you can probably find a reason to vote Tuesday.But ballots in Lee and White ...
    April 3, 2015 - 5:48 pm
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