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  • Pitts: Sometimes, race is more distraction than explanation

    Dear white people:As you no doubt know, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, returned to the headlin ...
    April 26, 2016 - 8:16 pm
  • Rubin: RNC chair ignores the GOP's existential choice

    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has gone out of his way to block and tackle for Donald Trump and disparage principled conservati ...
    April 26, 2016 - 8:17 pm
  • Good morning, DeKalb County: Fostering community connection through Facebook groups

    At its core, the most valuable part of any newspaper is its connection to the communities it serves.
    April 26, 2016 - 8:41 pm
  • Good Morning DeKalb County: Farmers in your backyard

    We were visiting friends in DeKalb this weekend when we had one of those real “you’re in DeKalb County” moments.
    April 26, 2016 - 12:00 am
  • Stossel: Hospitals not place for customer service

    I write this from the hospital. Seems I have lung cancer.My doctors tell me my growth was caught ear ...
    April 22, 2016 - 11:12 pm
  • Good morning, DeKalb County: Fearing the cost of change

    People don’t like change. They especially don’t like changes that involve them paying more in taxes ...
    April 21, 2016 - 11:51 pm
  • Ponnuru: Free advice for Trump, Cruz and Kasich

    The Republican nomination race has three more stages to go, and each of the three candidates left in it is concentrating on a different one.
    April 20, 2016 - 11:31 pm
  • Reeder: Delaying lawmakers' paychecks a political play

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers may find themselves waiting months to get paid – just as have many firms that do business with the state. 
    April 20, 2016 - 11:31 pm
  • Good morning, DeKalb County: LaRoche retirement story still lingers

    I’ve decided to quit my job. Not that I want to, mind you. But since my boss won’t let me bring my ...
    April 20, 2016 - 11:35 pm
  • Good Morning DeKalb County: When there are lots of fires to put out

    There were a lot of fires to put out Wednesday afternoon, and not just the figurative ones that tend to crop up in the late afternoon in a newsroom.
    April 14, 2016 - 11:28 pm
  • From the archive: 'Panty raids' once part of campus life

    In June 1958, a group of about 750 men took a break from studying at Northern Illinois University to attempt a panty raid at Williston and Adams dormi ...
    April 14, 2016 - 11:30 am
  • Good morning DeKalb County: Identity – it's yours to define

    People have many more options when it comes to their identity than they once did. I had that though ...
    April 13, 2016 - 11:51 pm
  • Good morning, DeKalb County: A fitting proclamation

    State Rep. Bob Pritchard read the following State of Illinois Proclamation on Saturday during the gathering marking one year since Fairdale was struck ...
    April 12, 2016 - 10:58 pm
  • Good morning, DeKalb County: Hotel pools are big part of parenthood

    I expected certain things to change when my wife and I first became parents 11 years ago.The amount ...
    April 12, 2016 - 12:33 am
  • Good morning, DeKalb County: Documenting a town's recovery

    Photographing the aftermath of a natural disaster ranks among one of the most difficult assignments in my career, right up there with the Northern Ill ...
    April 9, 2016 - 12:11 pm
  • Good Morning DeKalb County: It's a big free-speech zone

    Reporter Rhonda Gillespie wrote this week about the DeKalb Human Relations Commission meeting, where the commissioners, along with Ward 5 Alderwoman K ...
    April 7, 2016 - 10:52 pm
  • Royce: Abetting Iran's money laundering

    Iran has yet to see the economic growth it wants from President Obama’s nuclear deal, and it’s demanding additional concessions – above and beyond the ...
    April 6, 2016 - 9:30 pm
  • Good Morning DeKalb County: Take the money and bake the cake

    Some things are easier to embrace in theory – or from the big city – than when you consider how they work on Main Street.
    April 6, 2016 - 9:31 pm
  • Good Morning DeKalb County: No surprise at so many unwanted TVs

    Note to readers: This story has been changed to reflect that Best Buy no longer recycles TVs less than 32 inches for free.
    April 6, 2016 - 10:20 am
  • Good Morning DeKalb County: What the heck is 'man smell'?

    The family minivan was in the shop for a couple of days last week, so my wife spent some time driving my car.
    April 4, 2016 - 11:01 pm
  • Good Morning DeKalb County: Expectations can be Cubs fans' downfall

    Do you think the Cubs will win the World Series this year?A lot of people – encouraged by the Cubs’ ...
    April 1, 2016 - 11:52 pm
  • Good morning, DeKalb County: Best time of year for a morning jog

    If the crowds I see at the local fitness centers are any indication, a lot of people like to work out in the evenings. Good for you for working it in ...
    March 30, 2016 - 11:10 pm
  • Good morning, DeKalb County: No longer such a sure thing

    People seem so sure.They say Jack McCullough is a sociopath who definitely kidnapped and murdered Ma ...
    March 29, 2016 - 11:13 pm
  • Reader Poll

    Was Dennis Hastert's sentence of 15 months in prison fair?
    No, it should have been longer
    No, it was too long
    No, he shouldn't have been sentenced to prison