Simple things you can do to stay strong and independent Good reason to stand behind Longmeadow Pols try to thwart will of people on map Illinois' vaudeville act getting very old Are we ready to give up on democracy? Life of Muslim philanthropist should not be hidden treasure By Javeed Akhter Images: Plenty of hot weather and summertime fun in this gallery By Paul Valade Rozner: White Sox' Sale might consider growing up By Barry Rozner Asian shares cheered by Wall Street, dollar, Group of 20 By YURI KAGEYAMA How women have fared in seeking Illinois' elected offices By The Associated Press