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  • Access to community college education can transform lives

    Nearly 50 percent of college students in our country are attending a community college.Yes, you read ...
    Feb. 17, 2017 - 9:03 pm
  • Nowlan: We need a new major political party

    Talking politics over coffee with a former student this past week, the two of us came up with the same thought: We need a new major political party.
    Feb. 19, 2017 - 6:34 am
  • Budget rancor threatens more local bystanders

    One version of an African proverb seems apropos when considering the nearly 2-year budget stalemate between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democ ...
    Feb. 17, 2017 - 6:43 pm
  • Editorial cartoon for Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 - Dave Granlund

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    Feb. 17, 2017 - 9:05 pm
  • With Trump, we don’t know what’s next

    Let us hope that our president will be more reasonable if he ever gets over being full of himself. He should realize it’s better to be a diplomat than ...
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 8:30 pm
  • SVM Editorial Board Roundtable: Do you think paychecks for state employees should be withheld to force meaningful negotiations in the nearly 2-year Illinois budget impasse?

    This week’s question: Do you think paychecks for state employees should be withheld to force meaningful negotiations in the nearly 2-year Illinois bud ...
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 8:30 pm
  • Editorial cartoon for Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 – Robert Ariail

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    Feb. 16, 2017 - 8:30 pm
  • Time for more Trump rallies!

    President Trump’s many critics say his young administration is a hot mess. His defenders say Trump has accomplished more in 3 weeks than many presiden ...
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 8:21 pm
  • GUEST COLUMN: Bankruptcy, education losses surely follow casino expansion

    In Illinois, Lincoln’s essential premise of “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” has been corrupted into “government of the c ...
    Feb. 15, 2017 - 11:42 pm
  • ‘Poor clientele’ statement was enlightening

    “America is more divided than ever” continues to be the political Catch 22 of this century. How do we reconcile our differences, is the question with ...
    Feb. 15, 2017 - 11:43 pm
  • County failed to interview Fagerman; why?

    I am a local criminal defense attorney and have been anxiously waiting to find out who the new Whiteside County state’s attorney is going to be.
    Feb. 15, 2017 - 11:43 pm
  • Editorial cartoons for Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 – Dave Granlund & Joe Heller

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    Feb. 15, 2017 - 11:42 pm
  • SVM EDITORIAL: Foresight leads to mobile command post in Lee County

    Hindsight is always 20/20, so the saying goes.What about foresight?Good things can happen when the l ...
    Feb. 15, 2017 - 11:42 pm
  • Editorial cartoons for Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 – Dave Granlund & Jeff Stahler

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    Feb. 15, 2017 - 12:23 am
  • Vote no on tax hike for new Lee jail facility

    How gullible do you think the people of Dixon really are?Prior to last March’s election, advocates f ...
    Feb. 15, 2017 - 12:23 am
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