Local Columnists

  • Good morning, DaKalb County: Construction's temporary toll in downtown DeKalb

    It wasn’t yet 9 a.m., but there was action all around me as I stood at the northwest corner of Third Street and Lincoln Highway this week.
    June 24, 2016 - 12:18 am
  • Editor's Desk: Why there's a Nazi 'SS' flag on display in DeKalb County

    There is a Nazi SS flag flying on a pole outside a house along Route 23, north of McGirr Road between Waterman and DeKalb.
    June 23, 2016 - 10:04 am
  • Penkava: Call me Michael. Or Santiago. Or Money XL.

    I love the name Santiago. It has a rhythmic, melodic sound to it. Say it with me out loud, with the accent on the “a”… San-ti--go … San-ti--go … San ...
    June 17, 2016 - 11:07 pm
  • Schultz: After Orlando, a small-town pastor finds her voice

    unday started to bloom as it usually does for the Rev. Robin LaBolt, layer upon layer of her morning ritual gently unfurling.
    June 16, 2016 - 10:10 pm
  • Good morning, DeKalb County: Enough with the parent-blaming

    We’ve seen it at least twice in recent weeks: Something bad happens to a child, and people’s first reaction is to blame their parents.
    June 16, 2016 - 11:32 pm
  • Good morning, DeKalb County: Music to my ears

    It is so amazing that there is so much to know and so much to do and see in this world.As a busy mama, I try to introduce my toddler to the all the w ...
    June 14, 2016 - 11:00 pm
  • Schaid: Help prevent domestic violence in DeKalb County

    Relationships should be safe, loving and respectful.No one enters a relationship anticipating the k ...
    June 13, 2016 - 11:37 pm
  • Olson: When there's outrage, there's hope

    The finger-pointing and politicking that tend to follow a tragedy such as the repugnant mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, can ...
    June 13, 2016 - 11:35 pm
  • Reeder: My father's gift was teaching son value of work

    SPRINGFIELD –As Father’s Day approaches, I’ve been reflecting a bit more on my dad, who died last August.
    June 9, 2016 - 12:33 am
  • Cheeky Mama: Moms must take some stress, hassle out of travel

    School’s out for summer! Being a teacher, I am over the moon about this.I can spend time with my li ...
    June 7, 2016 - 9:54 pm
  • Berg; A mother’s will to win

    It’s easy to get cynical about Illinois politics.Frustration is the norm in Springfield. Optimism is ...
    June 3, 2016 - 12:12 am
  • Attacks on press part of Trump’s whining strategy

    The day before the March presidential primary in Ohio, one of my journalism students at Kent State told me she was going to cover Donald Trump’s rally ...
    June 3, 2016 - 12:11 am
  • Good Morning DeKalb County: The 5 worst kinds of voicemail messages

    The phone in my office has a little red light that flashes when someone has left me a voicemail. It ...
    June 2, 2016 - 2:52 pm
  • Reader Poll

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