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  • Reeder: Two parties, one big mess and little hope

    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. 18, 2017 - 11:21 pm
  • Miller: Dems 'defensive,' 'joyless' in picking Madigan again

    If I had to choose a word to describe the Democrats' nominating speeches for House Speaker Michael Madigan's re-election last week, it would be either ...
    Jan. 17, 2017 - 11:14 pm
  • Wimbiscus: Getting serious about New Year's weight-loss goals

    Now that January is half over, it’s high time to get serious about all those half-hearted resolutions for the new year.
    Jan. 14, 2017 - 10:55 pm
  • Hospitals are penalized for harming patients

    Anyone facing a hospital stay for themselves or a family member should look at new data the government released right before Christmas showing that it ...
    Jan. 12, 2017 - 11:28 pm
  • Stadalsky: Mini relay for life at Minooka High is stand against cancer

    Minooka High School District 111 has had more than its share of cancer scares and losses.From studen ...
    Jan. 8, 2017 - 11:37 pm
  • Wimbiscus: Caring for the elderly … as long as they pull their own weight

    For the past three decades, I’ve been operating what amounts to a nursing home out of my residence.A ...
    Jan. 7, 2017 - 11:06 pm
  • Styf: Planning for the new year

    The holidays are passed and the new year is here, which means it’s our annual time to reflect on the work we did last year (i.e. journalism contest en ...
    Jan. 7, 2017 - 11:03 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 ...
    Jan. 4, 2017 - 11:15 pm
  • Dauskurdas: 'Neighborhood Tourist' coming to The Herald-News next week

    Shaw Media NICHE and The Herald-News have launched a new publication, “Neighborhood Tourist,” and we couldn’t be more excited to share this new ventur ...
    Jan. 4, 2017 - 10:48 pm
  • Wimbiscus: Revisiting the past in the new year

    Today is the day many of us get a bad case of the Auld Lang Synes, the recollection of times long past.
    Jan. 1, 2017 - 7:01 pm
  • Berg: Our regrettable shrinking state

    The U.S. Census Bureau released new migration data Dec. 20, and it’s frightening. Illinois has a massive people problem.
    Dec. 31, 2016 - 8:59 pm
  • Thinking About Health: Changing Obamacare likely to mean higher costs, less coverage – or both

    Lori Eng, a 62-year-old office manager who works in western Nebraska, sent an email not long ago telling me she was “terrified” she might lose her Oba ...
    Dec. 28, 2016 - 11:57 pm
  • Berg: All I want for Christmas is a new speaker

    The holidays are a time to reflect, give thanks and prepare for the unbounded, nameless future ahead.
    Dec. 27, 2016 - 11:26 pm
  • Styf: End of year a good time for reflection on news, everything else

    The end of a calendar always seems like a natural time to reflect on the past year.The good, the bad ...
    Dec. 24, 2016 - 10:12 pm
  • Wimbiscus: Holiday loafing with potica, the Bears and Blackhawks

    One of our family’s most revered holiday traditions involves loafing.For my wife, loafing involves m ...
    Dec. 24, 2016 - 9:49 pm
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