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  • Lane: Big Corn vs. Big Sugar could have a sweet outcome

    In the never-ending fight against corporate welfare, the forces of fairness and economic rationality may have found a winning strategy: Divide and con ...
    July 2, 2015 - 10:33 pm
  • Akst: Fido and fireworks don’t mix

    I love fireworks. I love their colors, their patterns, the noise, the smell and the fact I have all my fingers and toes.
    July 2, 2015 - 10:23 pm
  • Ponnuru: How outrage became a growth industry

    A concern about national character runs through the Supreme Court’s free-expression cases. In 1927, Justice Louis Brandeis wrote that free speech coul ...
    July 1, 2015 - 9:53 pm
  • Rogers: Could Biden be the anti-Hillary candidate?

    There seems to be a lot more talk in Washington and in political operative circles around the country about the prospect of Vice President Joe Biden r ...
    July 1, 2015 - 9:53 pm
  • Pitts: Obama delivers a speech for history

    “This whole week,” said President Obama, “I’ve been reflecting on this idea of grace.”That was the t ...
    June 30, 2015 - 9:15 pm
  • Paul Borek: 'Project Black Bear' a win for DeKalb County

    While we were surprised to learn that Project Black Bear was 3M, we were pleased with the company’s interest in a major corporate expansion and a rene ...
    June 30, 2015 - 9:11 pm
  • ​Schrader: Historical markers highlight county's heritage

    DeKalb County has a rich history of agriculture and innovation, something that becomes more evident each time another historical marker is installed a ...
    June 29, 2015 - 9:59 pm
  • Barone: Facing a changing world balance, Obama makes odd choices

    Is the world back to where it was around the year 1800? One could come to that conclusion after reading British historian John Darwin’s recent book “A ...
    June 29, 2015 - 9:58 pm
  • Bernstein: Robert Bork would not have changed history

    As the Supreme Court ends its eventful term, many political analysts are stepping back to look at the history leading up to its important decisions, p ...
    June 29, 2015 - 9:58 pm
  • Rubin: Jindal's fateful choice

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, barely registering in the polls, announced his presidential run on Wednesday.
    June 25, 2015 - 10:20 pm
  • Schultz: What if he hadn't been holding that Confederate flag?

    On the evening of June 17, nine black Americans were killed in their Charleston, South Carolina, church by a white supremacist -- but only after he’d ...
    June 25, 2015 - 10:20 pm
  • Akst: A campuswide kick in the butt

    A big shoe is dropping next week at Northern Illinois University, and I’m not talking about how much the state will chop from NIU’s annual budget allo ...
    June 25, 2015 - 10:20 pm
  • Ponnuru: Rand Paul's tax plan just wouldn't work

    Sen. Rand Paul’s new tax-reform plan is a considerable improvement over his old one. He’s done what more politicians should: revise their ideas to tak ...
    June 24, 2015 - 10:08 pm
  • Reeder: Summer of sacrifices ahead for Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – At the supper table the other night, my 9-year-old daughter, Grace, gave me a sad look and said, “Why are they closing the museum?”
    June 23, 2015 - 10:06 pm
  • Pitts: In America, there is no sanctuary

    The main hall of a church is called a sanctuary.It is where you go to worship, to seek fellowship an ...
    June 23, 2015 - 10:04 pm
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