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  • Akst: Grade for rare NIU town-hall meeting: A-minus

    Consensus wasn’t reached about whether Wednesday’s “town hall meeting” at Northern Illinois University was a first. I’ve been at NIU 14 years and I ca ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 11:03 pm
  • Schrader: Enjoying the good life in the country

    The traditional American hymn to life in the wilds of the West talks about a home “where seldom is heard, a discouraging word, and the skies are not c ...
    Aug. 18, 2014 - 11:39 pm
  • Olson: ‘Those people’ are us

    I hear the talk, and read it in the comments that people leave on stories on the Daily Chronicle website, or even attach their faces to on the newspap ...
    Aug. 15, 2014 - 11:53 pm
  • Akst: Darkness at the edge of … everything

    You couldn’t have scripted a worse Monday morning omen: the coffee maker clogged up, causing it to leak hot grounds and coffee all over.
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 11:06 pm
  • Olson: Devil is in the emails

    The Devil would be big into email. He might even have invented it, if he was taking the long view. E ...
    Aug. 9, 2014 - 12:01 am
  • Guest View: NIU President Baker responds to criticism on raises

    I read with great concern Sharon May’s letter from Monday's Daily Chronicle questioning compensation for two of my senior people. I have no problem wi ...
    Aug. 8, 2014 - 5:54 pm
  • Akst: Following up on utility prices

    After this column appears each week, I check online for comments. It’s great if somebody says something complimentary that sparks a deeper discussion.
    Aug. 8, 2014 - 6:53 am
  • Schrader: From one end of the county to the other

    Summer is supposed to be the lazy season, smelling the roses, sitting on the porch, watching the sun set over a field of corn; but it wasn’t to be for ...
    Aug. 5, 2014 - 10:51 am
  • Olson: Businesses big part of local identity

    When Joe and Valerie Cranden bought Ollie’s Frozen Custard in 2000, they knew they weren’t just buying an ice cream place.
    Aug. 1, 2014 - 11:51 pm
  • Carifio: SchedulePalooza only the beginning

    Social media is a very easy thing to screw up. Twitter has brought down pundits, politicians, athlet ...
    Aug. 1, 2014 - 11:31 pm
  • Schultz: Race-baiting for life, redux

    The billboards loom over two of the poorest parts of Cleveland, in black neighborhoods that have yet to experience the celebrated renaissance of this ...
    July 31, 2014 - 11:07 pm
  • Akst: Got those electric utility choosing blues

    It was a sales-pitch-looking letter that could have gone directly to the recycle bin, but I opened it.
    Aug. 1, 2014 - 8:57 am
  • Korcek's Corner: NIU’s future draws on its past

    The future is your past. The past is your future. Some people understand such a notion. Others do no ...
    July 29, 2014 - 11:32 pm
  • Olson: Forget about 'right to be forgotten'

    At most any newspaper that runs them, the local police reports probably generate the most reader calls – and some of the most consistent reader intere ...
    July 25, 2014 - 11:25 pm
  • Akst: Sycamore referendum plan is on

    The Sycamore Park District just voted to add a referendum to the November ballot. If it passes, residents would pay about $81 more a year in property ...
    July 24, 2014 - 11:48 pm
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