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  • Kudos to local governmental public servants

    It’s “Local Government Week” in Illinois, a time to applaud the work of our public servants, those who perform tireless work to provide essential serv ...
    March 8, 2017 - 1:15 am
  • Please vote for Public Safety Referendum

    The Lee County Public Safety Referendum is on the April 4th ballot for voters to stake their claim in our financial future.
    March 8, 2017 - 1:15 am
  • Vote for Harts for supervisor

    I am writing this letter to support Ted Harts for Sterling Township supervisor. I worked with Ted during my time as director of Youth Services for Ste ...
    March 8, 2017 - 1:15 am
  • Editorial cartoons for Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – Joe Heller & Jeff Stahler

    March 7, 2017 - 9:43 pm
  • SPRINGFIELD SCOOP: School choice already exists – for those who can afford it

    SPRINGFIELD – The subject of school choice has come to the forefront in recent weeks with the appointment of Betsy DeVos as the U.S. Education secreta ...
    March 7, 2017 - 9:41 pm
  • SVM Editorial: It's March madness in the Illinois Legislature

    March madness isn’t confined to the basketball court.In Springfield, there’s quite an outbreak of Ma ...
    March 6, 2017 - 9:28 pm
  • Editorial cartoons for Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – Nate Beeler & Jeff Stahler

    March 6, 2017 - 9:28 pm
  • Has questions about Ogle jail size, location

    The mailing sent to Ogle County residents regarding the proposed jail contains errors.Doubling the c ...
    March 6, 2017 - 9:27 pm
  • Editorial cartoon for Monday, March 6, 2017 – Joe Heller

    March 5, 2017 - 10:24 pm
  • ILLINOIS SPOTLIGHT: Here’s the truth about your real estate tax bill

    Illinoisans are struggling to pay the highest property taxes in the nation, and that’s largely because of unfair overspending in local governments.
    March 5, 2017 - 10:23 pm
  • Nowlan: Changing views on end-of-life decisions

    The topic for the week is only a little less depressing than the Illinois budget impasse – the end of life.
    March 3, 2017 - 9:32 pm
  • Letter: This time, he’ll vote ‘yes’ for public safety

    Hello, my name is David Bowers, and I am a newly elected member of the Lee County Board. I am writing to support the Public Safety Referendum that wil ...
    March 3, 2017 - 9:33 pm
  • Letter: Workshop to share info on gardening

    It is time to get ready for the gardening season, and I would like everyone to know about “Ready, Set, Grow.” It will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Marc ...
    March 3, 2017 - 9:41 pm
  • Editorial cartoon for Saturday, March 4, 2017 - Jeff Stahler

    March 3, 2017 - 7:15 pm
  • Job losses vs. EPA, OSHA regulations

    Illinois has more coal reserves than any other state in the nation – some of the richest deposits in the world. At one time, more than 150,000 were em ...
    March 3, 2017 - 7:15 pm
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    Reader Poll

    There’s a movement afoot in the Illinois Legislature to name former President Barack Obama’s birthday (Aug. 4) as a legal holiday in Illinois. What do you think?
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