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  • Cheeky Mama: Sometimes, we settle for turkey sandwiches

    After a long day’s work, I know the first thing on my mind when I get home is being romanced. NOT! The first thing on this working mom’s mind is to ge ...
    May 24, 2016 - 10:25 pm
  • Applebaum: A world without facts

    You are about to read a newspaper article. Do you care whether all the facts in it are true? If so – what could convince you they are or are not? A fr ...
    May 20, 2016 - 11:45 pm
  • Our View: Nice work by H-BR students to reach reading goal

    Thumbs-up: To the students at Hinckley-Big Rock Elementary School. The children in all of the school’s grades met their reading goal for the year, wit ...
    May 20, 2016 - 11:45 pm
  • Good morning, DeKalb County: Bedtime no time for fairy tales

    In fairy tales, rocking your baby to bed is supposed to be a magical time. However, most working moms realize it’s not all snuggles and pixie dust: Ou ...
    May 18, 2016 - 12:06 am
  • Good morning, DeKalb County: Graduation stories are reminders of possibilities

    The news game is more repetitive than you might think.For every story that comes along the likes of ...
    May 16, 2016 - 11:16 pm
  • Good Morning DeKalb County: Polar exploration and the power of small goals

    Hannah McKeand, the guest speaker at Thursday’s Kishwaukee Family YMCA’s Community Awards Dinner, gave one of the more interesting speeches I’ve heard ...
    May 13, 2016 - 11:04 pm
  • Good morning, DeKalb County: Fewer people 'living the dream'

    “How you doing?” I’ll ask a neighbor or a friend when I see them.“Living the dream,” they’ll answer. ...
    May 13, 2016 - 12:26 am
  • Our View: Congratulations to 2016 graduates

    Within the next few weeks, thousands of high school and college seniors will be graduating in DeKalb County, ending one chapter in their lives and beg ...
    May 12, 2016 - 11:46 pm
  • Good Morning, DeKalb: Sycamore Mayor's 2016 update

    The past year has been fruitful for the city of Sycamore, as both challenges and opportunities have been met or exceeded. 
    May 12, 2016 - 12:10 am
  • Good morning, DeKalb County: Vision of the ideal Mother’s Day

    Mother’s Day is a cross-cultural celebration where we honor the women in our lives who have made a difference or have given birth to us.
    May 11, 2016 - 9:22 am
  • Good Morning DeKalb County: Stop the property tax insanity before its too late

    If you own a home in DeKalb County, hold your breath when you check the mailbox: It’s property tax bill time.
    May 6, 2016 - 11:52 pm
  • Good morning, DeKalb County: Unusual money can be fun – or dangerous

    I am the guy with the weird money. Local bank tellers know people like me: I’m the guy who walks in ...
    May 6, 2016 - 12:37 am
  • Pitts: Bernie Nation can't get behind Hillary

    “And now, the end is near, and so I face the final curtain.”Those are, of course, the opening lyrics ...
    May 3, 2016 - 10:27 pm
  • Laurie Borowicz: Funding helps Kish College continue its mission

    On April 22, a bill was passed in Springfield to fund higher education in Illinois. Kishwaukee College will receive about $1.1 million, which is about ...
    May 3, 2016 - 10:26 pm
  • Good Morning DeKalb County: When a house isn't big enough

    I live in an average-sized house, in a neighborhood with mostly average-sized houses – or what we considered average-sized houses in the 1990s. By mos ...
    May 2, 2016 - 11:44 pm
  • Good morning, DeKalb County: Franks calls Illinois college funding bill a 'dangerous precedent'

    Legislation to release $600 million to Illinois’ colleges and universities sailed through the state House on a 106-2 vote last week. The Senate follow ...
    April 29, 2016 - 9:25 pm
  • Reader Poll

    What are you looking forward to most this summer?
    Swimming at the pool
    A vacation
    Lots of time outdoors
    Summer reading
    Farmers markets