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  • Eric Olson: Why I cast protest votes

    I vote in every election, and sometimes I’m a protest voter. Our government would be better off if w ...
    Oct. 24, 2014 - 11:59 pm
  • Olson: Statistics don't tell whole story about University Village

    I hope you spend a little time with the stories we’ve run in the past two days about University Village in DeKalb.
    Oct. 17, 2014 - 11:06 pm
  • Akst: An unsolicited memo

    Date: Oct. 17, 2014To: Ellen Divita, Incoming Community Development DirectorFrom: Jason Akst, Daily ...
    Oct. 16, 2014 - 11:46 pm
  • Schrader: Can you still smell mother’s cookies?

    Not being very domestic (only making pancakes or scrambled eggs on Saturday mornings during my lifetime) I really had not given a lot of thought to th ...
    Oct. 13, 2014 - 11:19 pm
  • Olson: Family grateful for help with vet bill

    Heather Lehnert’s husband, Chris, passed her the letter from a complete stranger with a $50 bill inside.
    Oct. 11, 2014 - 12:40 am
  • Akst: Columbus Day is lamest holiday

    Sweet! A three-day weekend begins today for lots of folks.Schools, banks and government offices will ...
    Oct. 9, 2014 - 11:48 pm
  • Olson: Geez, of all the days to fly

    I was just outside Aurora on Interstate 88, heading for O’Hare Airport when I heard the news on the radio.
    Oct. 3, 2014 - 10:30 pm
  • Akst: Election excitement ... not so much

    Tuesday is the deadline for voter registration in Illinois for the Nov. 4 elections. That’s not much time, so here’s some important information about ...
    Oct. 3, 2014 - 12:22 am
  • Schrader: Recalling a childhood at 217 Annie Glidden Road

    Ellen Oderkirk Froelich turns 84 years old next week, is sharp as a tack, and spent some time reminiscing with me on the weekend of her 65th DeKalb Hi ...
    Sept. 29, 2014 - 11:07 pm
  • Olson: Civil disobedience beats street lawyering

    I agree with Ryan Taylor and others who say that police “safety checkpoints” are unconstitutional.Pe ...
    Sept. 26, 2014 - 11:34 pm
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