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  • Schrader: New bistro opens with blast from the past

    The opening act was “Singin and Swingin” as DeKalb’s newest night spot was inaugurated Friday at the Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center.
    Jan. 19, 2017 - 12:17 am
  • Reeder: Illinoisans deserve better budget ideas

    SPRINGFIELD – For a few minutes earlier this month, I received a dollop of hope when word trickled out of the statehouse that the Republican and Democ ...
    Jan. 17, 2017 - 10:29 pm
  • Cheeky Mama: Grinchy heart still glowing after holidays

    I was reflecting on the holiday season and one moment in particular kept creeping into this Grinchy heart, and it had nothing to do with gifts.
    Jan. 14, 2017 - 12:08 am
  • Olson: Bad decisions enable Trump attacks on press

    There are some things on which I strongly disagree with President-elect Donald Trump.His tax returns ...
    Jan. 13, 2017 - 12:20 am
  • Schrader: Atheists, forgers and divorced people

    I should have heeded the old maxim: Never discuss politics or religion in a column or over dinner in a public place.
    Jan. 12, 2017 - 12:36 am
  • McCaleb: Fear drives vote for Madigan as House speaker

    A new General Assembly is sworn in Wednesday, followed by an election of chamber leaders.Barring som ...
    Jan. 10, 2017 - 10:40 pm
  • Penkava: Another year of 'Oh, come on!' moments

    I get a kick out of my 12-year-old granddaughter when something doesn’t go right for her.She gets al ...
    Jan. 9, 2017 - 12:24 am
  • Schrader: What will 2017 add to your legacy?

    As the years go by, many people accomplish great things or, by accident, make the headlines. Think back to what milestones or major events in your lif ...
    Jan. 5, 2017 - 11:55 pm
  • Dauskurdas: Shaw Media launches new magazine

    Shaw Media NICHE and the Daily Chronicle have launched a new publication, the Neighborhood Tourist, and we couldn’t be more excited to share this new ...
    Jan. 5, 2017 - 12:02 am
  • Grieff: A Trump pick who says this land is your land

    By almost every measure for the incoming Trump administration, Ryan Zinke, the president-elect’s pick to run the U.S. Department of Interior, has the ...
    Jan. 2, 2017 - 12:44 am
  • Olson: 'Important' stories not always most popular

    “Why don’t you print some good news?”People ask me that, in a sincere way, somewhat regularly. They ...
    Dec. 30, 2016 - 11:53 pm
  • Reeder: Rauner prepares for tough 2018 governor race

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner is loaded for bear.We are two years out from the 2018 elections, and ...
    Dec. 30, 2016 - 12:51 am
  • Schrader: Year-end memories of longstanding friends

    At the end of every year, memories come flooding back as we reflect on the previous 12 months, whether they were good, bad or much the same.
    Dec. 28, 2016 - 11:17 pm
  • Peifer: Parents can protect children from sex abuse

    Child sexual abuse is an unpleasant topic, but one that must be addressed with children, teenagers, parents, teachers and with anyone who works with c ...
    Dec. 26, 2016 - 11:12 pm
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