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  • SVM Editorial: Local events provide relief from endless campaign strife

    After a bruising, seemingly endless election campaign, this year’s Christmas shopping season will seem like a breeze, right?
    Nov. 16, 2016 - 11:24 pm
  • Not one, but two baskets of ‘deplorables’

    How many baskets of deplorables? I would like to suggest – two. The one Mrs. Clinton identified, to which I belong, and the one she belongs in.
    Nov. 15, 2016 - 11:43 pm
  • Guest editorial: Requirements for America's new diplomat-in-chief

    President-elect Donald Trump is now embarked on the process of choosing his Cabinet. Among these cho ...
    Nov. 15, 2016 - 11:42 pm
  • Protesters ought to accept results or leave country

    It is acceptable for people to peacefully protest the election of Donald Trump as president. However, it is not acceptable to protest violently and de ...
    Nov. 15, 2016 - 11:42 pm
  • Rock Falls walks in no one’s shadow

    Having moved here years ago from Chicago (I should talk, right?), I was given the impression by many that Rock Falls just did not measure up to Sterli ...
    Nov. 15, 2016 - 11:43 pm
  • Editorial cartoons for Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 – Dave Granlund & Joe Heller

    Nov. 15, 2016 - 11:42 pm
  • Odell thanks sale supporters

    Odell Public Library’s annual Book and Bake Sale realized a net profit of $2,000. The Friends of Odell Public Library thank all the people who brought ...
    Nov. 14, 2016 - 10:19 pm
  • Dixon PADS seeks support at fundraiser

    The Dixon PADS shelter is planning its annual fundraiser – Night Without a Home.Dixon PADS is a 24/7 ...
    Nov. 14, 2016 - 10:19 pm
  • Editorial cartoons for Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 – Nate Beller & Joe Heller

    Nov. 14, 2016 - 10:18 pm
  • SVM Editorial: We're still waiting for improved voter turnout

    In the past decade, the path to the ballot box has been greatly straightened and smoothed for Illinois voters.
    Nov. 21, 2016 - 3:20 pm
  • Editorial cartoon for Monday, Nov. 14, 2016

    Nov. 13, 2016 - 12:44 pm
  • A first-name basis relationship runs full circle

    In the summer of 1992, Houston was typically broiling, and inside the air-conditioned comfort of the ...
    Nov. 13, 2016 - 12:41 pm
  • Ann McFeatters: Celebrity is fleeting? Not for Trump!

    WASHINGTON – Rarely have so many needed so badly to have so many platitudes be true.For example:• Me ...
    Nov. 13, 2016 - 12:40 pm
  • Thankful for birthday cards, large response

    Hey, I want to give a hearty thanks to those of you who were thoughtful enough to send me a birthday greeting. It’s given me a huge, good, warm feelin ...
    Nov. 12, 2016 - 1:15 am
  • Prairie State slow growth likely to stay

    I am writing this the day before the election, so as you read this, you know much that I did not yet know. Thus I turn to broader topics: Where are we ...
    Nov. 11, 2016 - 11:23 pm
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    Reader Poll

    Rock Falls is considering a ban on leaf burning. Should the city finally take that step?
    Yes. Sterling and Dixon have had bans for years. It’s time for Rock Falls to impose a ban.
    No. It would be too great a burden for homeowners to dispose of fallen leaves in other ways.
    Not sure
    No opinion