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  • Cheeky Mama: Saying 'no' for sanity's sake

    On good days I go to bed around 7:30 p.m. and then wake up around 4:30 a.m.Getting at least eight to ...
    Feb. 25, 2017 - 12:15 am
  • Styf: Bruce Miles aboard for Cubs coverage

    You might have noticed something new in the Cubs coverage in our sports pages since pitchers and catchers reported for spring training,
    Feb. 24, 2017 - 12:08 am
  • Schrader: Zweifels may be last but not bothered in the least

    Most people relish being first, but the Zweifel family holds a special place at the end of the Frontier phone book alphabetically.
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 11:34 pm
  • Mendoza: Governor fails to do his job on budget

    One simple truth shines through all the noise about Illinois’ budget “impasse” that has brought suffering to people all over our state:
    Feb. 17, 2017 - 12:27 am
  • Schrader: Showing students the broader world

    My wife, Kay, transferred from Charter Grove country school to a Sycamore school called Southeast Elementary more than 60 years ago when it was brand ...
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 12:37 am
  • Shipman: Opportunity House's consolidation efforts

    Opportunity House Inc. was established in 1963 to address the problem of young adults with developmental disabilities leaving the school system with n ...
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 12:11 am
  • Olson: It's Valentine's Day, and they're ready for us

    It’s Valentine’s Day. You get anything for your wife or girlfriend yet?Yeah, me neither.But don’t wo ...
    Feb. 14, 2017 - 12:04 am
  • Cheeky Mama: Mysterious smell follows mom

    Here’s a little disclaimer for the faint of heart. We all know parenting comes with various trials and tribulations. 
    Feb. 10, 2017 - 11:44 pm
  • Schrader: More thoughts on how to spend our remaining time on Earth

    My column last week asking how people would spend the last months of their life, if they were still in good health, generated more responses than I ca ...
    Feb. 9, 2017 - 11:49 pm
  • Olson: Did somebody turn off winter?

    On Monday, I stepped outside the Daily Chronicle office on Barber Greene Road in DeKalb and squinted against the sun. The temperature was 50 degrees, ...
    Feb. 6, 2017 - 11:13 pm
  • Schrader: Contemplating those last few months of life

    I spotted a Wall Street Journal story Jan 26 that made me pause and think a bit. Quoting statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prev ...
    Feb. 1, 2017 - 11:24 pm
  • Borowicz: Reflecting on first year as president of Kishwaukee College

    As I look back on my first year as president of Kishwaukee College, I am amazed by the challenges, and resulting changes, the college faced in 2016.
    Jan. 1, 2017 - 5:30 am
  • Lynch: Refusing to compromise, Rauner risks a strike

    A year ago, Gov. Bruce Rauner broke off contract negotiations with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the largest union ...
    Jan. 31, 2017 - 12:21 am
  • Olson: A level of equality worth protesting

    I’ve heard more than a few people say they “don’t understand” why so many women marched in cities around the country a couple of weeks ago.
    Jan. 31, 2017 - 9:56 am
  • Olson: Future will copy Trump's Twitter use

    One of the smartest things that Donald Trump does is get on Twitter and speak his mind. A lot of people aren’t used to it.
    Jan. 30, 2017 - 12:42 am
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