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  • Cheeky Mama: Just call me 'bag lady'

    So many people ask me how I do it all.  How do I remember everything? How do I have a smile on my fa ...
    Sept. 24, 2016 - 12:50 am
  • Schrader: Cortland centenarian has advice for us all

    Two words: “Don’t smoke.”That’s what Orville Olson said when I asked if he had any advice for us you ...
    Sept. 23, 2016 - 12:07 am
  • Olson: Mother's remarks are powerful testimony

    On Saturday afternoon at Hopkins Park in DeKalb, Michelle Hill spoke to participants in the DeKalb County Out of the Darkness Walk to benefit the Amer ...
    Sept. 20, 2016 - 12:26 am
  • Olson: Election contests in store for Sycamore, DeKalb

    This week, nominating petitions for people who want to run for local office became available at local clerks’ offices around the county.
    Sept. 20, 2016 - 1:43 pm
  • Olson: Artificial intelligence a benefit or a threat?

    I’ve been rather fascinated with the idea of automation lately, of how artificial intelligence and robots soon will become more and more prevalent in ...
    Sept. 16, 2016 - 9:26 am
  • Olson: If only toddler time applied to adults

    “Two minutes, dad!”My 2-year-old daughter, Avery, has no concept what a short amount of time this is ...
    Sept. 16, 2016 - 12:30 am
  • Rover moves over, but ...

    My husband travels quite a bit for business. During our first years of marriage, I was very lonely when he left. Most of the time, I didn’t know what ...
    Sept. 15, 2016 - 1:18 pm
  • Our view: Remembering, and honoring, those lost in 2001 terrorist attacks

    The nation wept 15 years ago.Four passenger airliners were hijacked by members of al-Qaida with the ...
    Sept. 9, 2016 - 11:13 pm
  • Olson: Americans have become complacent about war on terror

    Has it really been 15 years?At the time, it almost seemed impossible that we could get to the place ...
    Sept. 9, 2016 - 11:12 pm
  • Schrader: Where did the summer go?

    Here it is September, school is back in session, and one wonders what happened to the lazy, hazy days of summer.
    Sept. 9, 2016 - 12:55 am
  • McCaleb: PFW section, e-edition an added value to subscribers

    Last football season, the Daily Chronicle published a weekly, 16-page newspaper insert that provided in-depth analysis of all things Bears, the NFC No ...
    Sept. 8, 2016 - 12:40 am
  • Feurer: Unions and the public good

    There’s a new union in town, the United Faculty Alliance-NIU, and Labor Day is a good time to think about the potential positive change this will brin ...
    Sept. 5, 2016 - 12:26 am
  • Olson: Celebrating work on Labor Day weekend

    Type “find your purpose in life” into a web search engine and you’ll find no shortage of suggestions.
    Sept. 3, 2016 - 12:20 am
  • Olson: Memories made in the rain

    The rain Saturday night made Corn Fest more memorable.It seems to rain every year at some point duri ...
    Aug. 29, 2016 - 11:49 pm
  • Reader Poll

    Which type of recreational space do you use most often?
    Bicycle/walking trails
    Community parks
    Forest preserve
    State parks