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  • Eric Olson: Sports matter because they connect us

    Sporting events have been on the front page of the Daily Chronicle quite a bit in the past week, what with NIU concluding their home schedule and then ...
    Nov. 28, 2015 - 12:21 am
  • Eric Olson: I sure hope it's snowing out there

    Is it snowing?I’m writing this as a visitor from the past, a time many hours ago when the skies were ...
    Nov. 20, 2015 - 10:20 pm
  • Ponnuru: Education Department enables PC madness on campus

    Is political correctness on campus a real problem?Tellingly, it is less often defended than it is mi ...
    Nov. 18, 2015 - 11:18 pm
  • This one’s for the Charlie Brown kids

    “You were my little red-headed girl.”I lean over and whisper this as, on the screen above us, “The P ...
    Nov. 17, 2015 - 9:58 pm
  • Olson: No sign of state's problems at driver license office

    My driver’s license expired Monday, so Tuesday morning found me in our local driver’s licensing facility for a rare, close-up interaction with state g ...
    Nov. 14, 2015 - 12:05 am
  • Pitts: African America has promises to keep

    We are gathered here today not to argue about some policy prescription, nor to excoriate some public figure. No, we are gathered because sometimes, yo ...
    Nov. 10, 2015 - 10:41 pm
  • Flavelle: Rubio believes in U.S. leadership, just not on climate

    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, who seems to have a genuine chance of becoming his party’s presidential nominee, said this week that carbon taxes “will d ...
    Nov. 6, 2015 - 9:50 pm
  • Stossel: Beat the elite

    We love to complain about elites, people who seem to have a special advantage, privileges in life.I ...
    Nov. 6, 2015 - 9:50 pm
  • Barry Schrader: The day Bill Finn’s life nearly ended

    It only takes one split second for your life to change forever, or be ended. Bill Finn can tell you all about that experience.
    Nov. 2, 2015 - 11:43 pm
  • Uncorked: Cuvaison wines run the gamut

    The rolling hills at Cuvaison were home to a dairy farm in the 1970s.But the early 1980s introduced ...
    Nov. 3, 2015 - 1:00 pm
  • Eric Olson: Gov. Bruce Rauner not holding anyone hostage

    Bruce Rauner’s holding Illinois hostage.At least, that’s what they’re saying about the state’s fresh ...
    Oct. 31, 2015 - 12:20 am
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