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  • Eric Olson: Tim Struthers understands the No. 1 thing at NIU

    There are easier assignments to take on right now than overseeing Northern Illinois University.Hundr ...
    Oct. 10, 2015 - 12:30 am
  • Schrader: DeKalb High alum is hit of class reunion

    The DeKalb High Class of 1965 held its 50th reunion in August and gave one of its alums, Richard Jenkins, a replica of an Oscar. Less than a month lat ...
    Oct. 6, 2015 - 4:00 pm
  • Wilkinson: Who lost white America? Blame these guys

    Mistakes were made.When Congress passed the 1965 Hart-Celler immigration act, which President Lyndon ...
    Oct. 4, 2015 - 11:08 pm
  • Eric Olson: Kudos to sheriff for holding deputies accountable

    Scott Nissen nailed it. Nissen’s son, Jeffrey, died after a high-speed chase involving a Sheriff’s ...
    Oct. 3, 2015 - 12:26 am
  • Pitts: The Groveland Four, justice denied for 66 years

    It was the road sign that made it real.Josh Venkataraman was returning to the University of Florida, ...
    Sept. 29, 2015 - 10:17 pm
  • Barone: Are our familiar political alignments suddenly changing?

    As the 2016 presidential selection process proceeds, there is increasing evidence that the political patterns we have grown used to, that we have come ...
    Sept. 28, 2015 - 10:34 pm
  • Rubin: Organizing against phonies

    The far right and far left are very good at organizing, setting up war rooms, creating scorecards and then threatening adversaries and rewarding frien ...
    Sept. 28, 2015 - 10:34 pm
  • Guest view: Why I voted 'No'

    I have received several inquiries about my vote on SB 2046, which was also the subject of a recent letter to the Daily Chronicle. 
    Sept. 23, 2015 - 10:14 pm
  • Guest View: Public's help needed in budget impasse

    It’s time for citizens to speak up!I know you’re busy and speaking with elected officials is not som ...
    Sept. 22, 2015 - 10:10 pm
  • Schrader: Neat stuff from the DeKalb County archives

    It sounds too weird to be true, but DeKalb County Historian Sue Breese produced the proof by showing us a badly battered LP record at the DeKalb Count ...
    Sept. 22, 2015 - 9:29 am
  • Bernstein: Stop asking candidates 'tough' questions

    Eric Ostermeier at Smart Politics noted an excellent development in the Republican candidate debate: CNN’s moderators took up a lot less time than the ...
    Sept. 21, 2015 - 10:51 pm
  • Eric Olson: City went with sure thing in University Village vote

    The DeKalb City Council could have fought harder for structural changes at University Village.The ne ...
    Sept. 18, 2015 - 11:17 pm
  • Connie Schultz: Weren't we supposed to be the feminists?

    I was going to let it go, I swear.All this female snark heaped on the Miss America pageant? I told m ...
    Sept. 18, 2015 - 12:47 am
  • ​Harrop: Jeb accuses Trump of being a New Yorker

    Jeb Bush complains that the political media have not treated Donald Trump as a serious candidate. They have not dissected Trump’s eclectic stances, wh ...
    Sept. 13, 2015 - 9:18 pm
  • Eric Olson: Do I get divorced, or renew my vows?

    It’s been 10 years, and I have to decide whether to get a divorce or renew my vows.I admit it – I’ve ...
    Sept. 14, 2015 - 9:10 am
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