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  • Castro’s death a major moment

    The death of Cuban revolutionary and dictator Fidel Castro is a major moment, in the midst of important economic changes.
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 10:12 am
  • What We Think: Good luck to new prosecutor

    If it’s Dec. 1 of a presidential election year in Lee County during the 21st century, then it must mean a new state’s attorney is being sworn in.
    Dec. 1, 2016 - 11:49 am
  • Time to take action on manufacturing meltdown

    Al Popovich is a maker.He’s been in the manufacturing business since he was an 18-year-old trying to ...
    Nov. 29, 2016 - 11:53 pm
  • Editorial cartoon for Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 - Dave Granlund

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    Nov. 29, 2016 - 11:52 pm
  • With Trump in charge, prepare for bumpy ride

    Yep. I'm in mourning. I expected a party and got a funeral. The only question is, how long and at what expense is this funeral going to be?
    Nov. 29, 2016 - 11:52 pm
  • Farewell to Prairie Sally from SVM Editorial Board

    One of the great pleasures of working in the newspaper business is the opportunity to meet a variety of interesting people.
    Nov. 30, 2016 - 12:10 am
  • Trump voters did what they thought best

    I am sorry that Ron McDivitt is so upset by the outcome of the presidential election [“Shame on all voters who backed Trump,” The Reader’s Voice, Nov. ...
    Nov. 28, 2016 - 11:57 pm
  • Election results focus of meeting set for Thursday

    The public is invited to the Rock River Open Forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Sterling Public Library. We will focus on November’s election resu ...
    Nov. 28, 2016 - 11:58 pm
  • What We Think: Choosing the speaker: A new approach

    The goal of the Illinois Legislature, reduced to its simplest terms, is to make life better for all the people of Illinois.
    Nov. 29, 2016 - 9:15 am
  • Like 3-pointers, Electoral College favors the little guy

    AMES, Iowa – I remember watching my older brother, Danny, dribbling down the court and me wiggling uncomfortably in the bleachers, starring at my blue ...
    Nov. 28, 2016 - 11:57 pm
  • Editorial cartoon for Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016 - Joe Heller

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    Nov. 28, 2016 - 11:57 pm
  • Editorial: Despite the warnings, Illinois' gun law is working well

    If facts matter, the debate over the pros and cons of concealed carry in Illinois should be over.The ...
    Nov. 27, 2016 - 11:40 pm
  • Editorial cartoons for Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 – Robert Ariail & Dave Granlund

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    Nov. 27, 2016 - 11:13 pm
  • Ann McFeatters: Don’t allow hate to be ‘normalized’

    WASHINGTON – Last Friday, a few blocks from my house, a long-established, family-style Italian resta ...
    Nov. 27, 2016 - 11:14 pm
  • Foundation thanks Oregon event patrons

    On Nov. 12, Oregon Schools Foundation held its first-ever Draw Down Fundraiser at Rock River Center.
    Nov. 26, 2016 - 1:15 am
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    Rock Falls is considering a ban on leaf burning. Should the city finally take that step?
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