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  • Thank you to Christmas for Kids supporters

    To the Sterling-Rock Falls community:On Dec. 16, Sterling-Rock Falls Jaycees had its annual Christma ...
    Jan. 28, 2017 - 1:15 am
  • Editorial cartoon for Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 - Joe Heller

    Jan. 27, 2017 - 9:38 pm
  • Many reasons to oppose jail in heart of city

    To Ogle County Board members and Oregon City Council members:I am another Oregon citizen and taxpaye ...
    Jan. 27, 2017 - 4:42 pm
  • Can we put the bounce back in our step?

    I decided to “get outta Dodge” for a couple of weeks. I have landed in Thomasville, Georgia (pop. 19,000), just north of the Florida panhandle.
    Jan. 27, 2017 - 4:52 pm
  • Discussing ‘major attacks’ of modern era

    What a time we’re in! Millions of women marching worldwide. “Alternative facts” at home.As a simplet ...
    Jan. 27, 2017 - 4:20 pm
  • Letter: With Trump in charge, expect a bumpy time

    Now that we have an “unpresidented” president, the descent down the rabbit hole is accelerating astronomically. Things just keep getting curiouser and ...
    Jan. 27, 2017 - 4:29 pm
  • Letter: Plan now how to escape from your vehicle

    The news had a report of a lady who had an accident. She had hit a patch of ice and crashed. The crash caused the car’s battery to be destroyed and a ...
    Jan. 27, 2017 - 4:30 pm
  • Letter: Message from a ‘deplorable’ to the elites

    I am one of the deplorables who Hillary put in a basket. I am not an elite like the Hollywood people think they are. De Niro is not a heavyweight; he’ ...
    Jan. 27, 2017 - 4:28 pm
  • Letter: A few tips on making subs' work easier

    Illinois school districts have an opportunity to help with the shortage of reliable substitutes. I ...
    Jan. 27, 2017 - 4:27 pm
  • What We Think: Voters’ impact felt in school decisions

    Elections have consequences. After the first week of the Trump administration, Americans certainly ...
    Jan. 27, 2017 - 4:17 pm
  • For many, Trump’s inaugural speech was ‘a ray of sunshine’

    “It was a Trump speech,” Beth Lesser, a Donald Trump supporter from Greenville, South Carolina, said after listening to the president’s inaugural addr ...
    Jan. 27, 2017 - 1:15 am
  • Editorial cartoon for Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 - Joe Heller

    Jan. 26, 2017 - 11:21 pm
  • SVM Editorial Board Roundtable: Gov. Rauner says he wants to “make our great state the best place to live in the country.” How should he go about doing it?

    This week’s question: Gov. Rauner recently said he wants to “make our great state the best place to live in the country.” Give several suggestions you ...
    Jan. 26, 2017 - 8:06 pm
  • Kinzinger won’t respond to her queries, either

    Please add my name to the list of people who have attempted to contact U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger and received no acknowledgement or response.
    Jan. 25, 2017 - 9:37 pm
  • A college that educates, innovates, collaborates

    In 2016, Sauk Valley Community College embarked on a journey to revise its mission statement. After listening to its many stakeholders, the College re ...
    Jan. 26, 2017 - 4:28 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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