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  • Smith: Death of genius Nash and his beautiful ideas

    The world will be a poorer place without John Nash, one of the pioneers of game theory, who died Saturday at 86 in a car crash along with his wife.
    May 26, 2015 - 10:07 pm
  • Pitts: Soldier forced to make a shameful choice

    Before he tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide.Heavy drinking hadn’t helped. Nor had variou ...
    May 26, 2015 - 10:06 pm
  • Guest View: We are Fairdale

    The tornado that struck Fairdale and rural DeKalb County on April 9 was the greatest natural disaster to strike the county in generations.
    May 26, 2015 - 10:05 pm
  • Meyerson: At what cost trade?

    So what gives with the American people? Don’t they realize, as my colleague Charles Krauthammer argued last week, “that free trade is advantageous to ...
    May 25, 2015 - 10:03 pm
  • Barone: Why Americans oppose economic redistribution

    Skeptics about democracy in the 18th and 19th centuries argued that the enfranchised masses would use their votes to seize the property of the relativ ...
    May 25, 2015 - 10:03 pm
  • Harrop: Who are these outlaw bikers?

    Count me among those mystified over the biker gang melee in Waco, Texas – a shootout that left nine dead. Why are these guys committing grown-up viole ...
    May 24, 2015 - 8:51 pm
  • De Rugy: Universal savings accounts help people help themselves

    Republican presidential contenders have staked out different positions on tax reform.Sens. Rand Paul ...
    May 24, 2015 - 8:51 pm
  • Our View: Thumbs-up to pumpkin festival theme that inspires creativity

    Thumbs-up: To a theme for the pumpkin decorating at the 54th annual Sycamore Pumpkin Festival. This year’s theme, “Pumpkins in Disguise,” was supplied ...
    May 23, 2015 - 12:02 am
  • Schultz: First quote Jesus; then punish the poor

    Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker.” – Proverbs 14:31It’s not my habit to start a column ...
    May 21, 2015 - 10:12 pm
  • Jason Akst: How to ‘celebrate’ Memorial Day

    Dad told great war stories.He was a bomber pilot in World War II and supposedly knew Joseph Heller o ...
    May 21, 2015 - 10:06 pm
  • Bernstein: Deadlocked convention, Republican nightmare

    It’s time for a quick primer on what a disaster a deadlocked convention would be for the Republican Party – a possibility that the combination of so m ...
    May 20, 2015 - 10:28 pm
  • Ponnuru: 16 questions Hillary Clinton should answer

    As her campaign for the presidency kicked off, Hillary Clinton managed to go 27 days without answering a question from the press.
    May 20, 2015 - 10:28 pm
  • Wilkinson: Whites surprisingly accepting of losing majority

    The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transition unlike any in history. No nation with a white European ethnic majority has evolved to become a no ...
    May 19, 2015 - 9:03 pm
  • Pitts: GoFundMe is much worse than Obamacare

    Luis Lang would like you to send him some money.He has taken to GoFundMe (gofundme.com/s78e9w), the ...
    May 19, 2015 - 9:02 pm
  • Choice: Kish College recruits DeKalb County students

    I would like to set the record straight regarding an article that appeared in the May 8 Daily Chronicle, “Kish College enrollment worries.”
    May 19, 2015 - 9:02 pm
  • Reader Poll

    Are you willing to pay more in taxes to help balace the state of Illinois' budget?
    Yes
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    They must cut spending first