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  • Our view: Thumbs-up to free pumpkins

    Thumbs-up: To free pumpkins in Sycamore. Longtime Pumpkin Festival supporters Denis and Jill Jagodzinski plan to give away free pumpkins today ahead o ...
    Oct. 22, 2016 - 12:48 am
  • Good Morning DeKalb County: 2-footed drivers travel among us

    Last week, a woman drove her vehicle through the front window at Buffalo Wild Wings in DeKalb, injuring three people and forcing the restaurant to clo ...
    Oct. 22, 2016 - 12:48 am
  • Cheeky Mama: When the cat's away, the mouse doesn't play

    It’s tough being a full-time working mother and wife. Some days, I am so exhausted that I just want ...
    Oct. 20, 2016 - 11:57 pm
  • Schrader: How can we teach about local abolitionists

    On Saturday, three sites of significance in the Underground Railroad were marked with plaques around DeKalb County.
    Oct. 19, 2016 - 11:58 pm
  • Sunstein: Dylan surpassed Whitman as the American poet

    Bob Dylan has surpassed Walt Whitman as the defining American artist, celebrating the capacity for self-invention as the highest form of freedom.
    Oct. 17, 2016 - 12:24 am
  • Tucker: Forces Trump has unleashed not going away

    Donald Trump is not done.Over the last few days, he has repeatedly impugned the integrity of our dem ...
    Oct. 17, 2016 - 12:24 am
  • Olson: Cubs fans should expect victory, reminders of defeat

    I’ve been a Cubs fan since the summer of 1984, when I visited Wrigley Field for the first time with my father. We were two of the 2 million fans who c ...
    Oct. 14, 2016 - 11:58 pm
  • Cheeky Mama: Grieving parents help each other through support group

    Nearly one in four pregnancies ends in loss, according to SHARE Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Inc., and some in our community who have experienced ...
    Oct. 13, 2016 - 11:34 pm
  • Schrader: Kishwaukee Symphony brought us a genius

    The kickoff of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s 40th season Saturday night was a blockbuster.If y ...
    Oct. 12, 2016 - 9:37 pm
  • Olson: What if half of us left Illinois?

    What would happen if everybody who wanted to leave Illinois got their wish?According to Kevin Craver ...
    Oct. 11, 2016 - 9:58 pm
  • Cheeky Mama: When your child is off the charts

    People like to tease each other for being different. My only hope is that my daughter will have enou ...
    Oct. 5, 2016 - 11:14 pm
  • Olson: Quick primer on local races

    I wrote recently that it feels too soon for me to vote, but obviously not everyone agrees with me. ...
    Oct. 4, 2016 - 10:17 pm
  • Cheeky Mama: Explaining death to a child is tough

    The other day, while riding in the car, Hannah Jo asked to call Great-Grandma DollyShe liked it when ...
    Sept. 30, 2016 - 12:01 am
  • Schrader: Amazing how many people we see in a day

    How many people do we come in contact with during a normal weekday? I thought about that as I was watching Hillary Clinton walk onstage Monday night i ...
    Sept. 28, 2016 - 11:35 pm
  • Cheeky Mama: Just call me 'bag lady'

    So many people ask me how I do it all.  How do I remember everything? How do I have a smile on my fa ...
    Sept. 24, 2016 - 12:50 am
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