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  • Madeleine Doubek

    A freshman Democrat’s daring moveApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Guest columnist Madeleine Doubek: An astonishing thing just happened. A freshman Democrat dared to say no to the state’s most powerful politician, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. State Rep. Scott Drury, a Highwood Democrat, was one of a few Democrats who killed Madigan’s millionaire tax.

     
  • Madeleine Doubek

    A freshman Democrat’s daring moveApr 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Guest columnist Madeleine Doubek: An astonishing thing just happened. A freshman Democrat dared to say no to the state’s most powerful politician, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. State Rep. Scott Drury, a Highwood Democrat, was one of a few Democrats who killed Madigan’s millionaire tax.

     
  • Going up: The need for honest analysis of issuesApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: One of the functions of the Daily Herald Editorial Board is to host representatives of a wide range of special interests for background about public policy questions. These meetings are invaluable for providing facts and arguments that go into the formation of our editorial positions. But they have a troubling side.

     
  • Erasing the race cardApr 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Kathleen Parker: One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe. The race cards have been flying so fast and furious lately, one can hardly tell the kings from the queens.

     
  • Rand Paul’s amateur hourApr 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: What has Rand Paul ever done? Oh, sure, he’s a member of the U.S. Senate, but only a freshman, and it’s the only political office he has ever held. He’s an ophthalmologist, a father, a husband and the son of Ron Paul, who used to run for president. So now it is son Rand who is doing so. Aside from family tradition, the question is why?

     
  • The healing in RwandaApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: At the 20th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide, the most moving moments were unplanned. In the audience at Amahoro Stadium, first one woman, then another, then dozens in turn, cried out in uncontrollable anguish and had to be escorted from the ceremony. They were overwhelmed by memory. In their screams you could hear the screams of two decades ago.

     
  • Candy, movies in school: What’s district’s view?Apr 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    An overreactive parent who needs to get a life? A concerned mom making a good point about nutrition? A nonstory? Irresponsible, one-sided journalism? All of these views were expressed about our story on the West Dundee mother objecting to teachers passing out candy and showing "Toy Story" during recess, reports Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.

     
  • Candy, movies in school. What’s district’s view?Apr 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    An overreactive parent who needs to get a life? A concerned mom making a good point about nutrition? A non-story? Irresponsible, one-sided journalism? All of these views were expressed about our story on the West Dundee mother objecting to teachers passing out candy and showing "Toy Story" during recess, reports Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.

     
  • Colbert an equal opportunity offenderApr 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Kathleen Parker: In selecting Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as host of the “Late Show,” CBS has waged war on America’s heartland — or so proclaims that Palm Beach font of heartland mirth, Rush Limbaugh. Don’t you believe it, Heartlanders.

     
  • Illinois tax system unjustly serves the wealthyApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    A column by suburban faith leaders: We, as faith leaders who serve and oversee congregations throughout suburban Chicago, speak with a united voice in support of a Fair Tax, with lower rates for lower incomes and higher rates for higher incomes. God’s call for justice compels us to work for change to Springfield’s unjust tax and budgeting process, a system that hurts families in middle- and low-income communities across Illinois.

     
  • Adding a new comic strip is serious businessApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: In the fuller pursuit of a newspaper’s mission to delight and to instruct, you might be surprised to find that one of the most treacherous assignments for any editor can be found in the delight variable. To be specific, the Comics Plus page.

     
  • A broken system en route to failureApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Lee Hamilton: Government today is highly pressured and deals with tough, complicated problems. It needs to be able to recruit and retain first-rate talent; you don’t want a second-rate lawyer negotiating a nuclear arms treaty.

     
  • Rumsfeld’s battle with truthApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: There is a moment, a mere moment, when Donald Rumsfeld’s eyes well up and he chokes a bit. This comes in Errol Morris’ documentary “The Unknown Known,” in which Rumsfeld mentions visiting the wounded of the Iraq War.

     
  • When facts become casualtiesApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnists Steve and Cokie Roberts: It’s shocking -- and revealing -- when a senior lawmaker thinks he can wield more influence running a radio show than a major congressional committee.

     
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    Lost power of deliberation fuels Senate dysfunctionApr 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: God saves the Queen. He saves this Honorable Court. But who will save the United States Senate?

     
  • 7 million reasons not to repeal the ACAApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Gene Lyons: So it turns out that millions of people dealt with the Affordable Care Act enrollment cutoff pretty much the way they habitually deal with the April 15 income tax filing deadline: procrastinating until the last minute to ensure maximum stress and standing in line.

     
  • ‘Un-American’ Kochs undeserving as targetsApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Rush Limbaugh can relax. The popular “demon of the right” has been replaced at least through the midterms by the Koch brothers, Charles and David. Who? Exactly. Though cable and online news junkies know the names, the vast majority of Americans probably have no idea who the Kochs are. They’re about to find out.

     
  • Henrik Rasmussen

    International trade will promote growth in IllinoisApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Guest columnist Henrik Rasmussen: In order to bring the ongoing negotiations to a successful conclusion, President Obama needs Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from Congress. TPA lays out U.S. negotiating objectives and sets up legislative procedures to ensure a vote by Congress on trade agreements.

     
  • Movies lacking graceApr 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Part of this year’s Lenten discipline for many religious people has been to see two bad religious movies, “Noah” and “God’s Not Dead.” Both left me longing for the comparative moral simplicity and integrity of “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

     
  • Gov. Pat Quinn

    Edgar had it right on tax reformApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Guest columnist Gov. Pat Quinn: In 1997, Republican Gov. Jim Edgar proposed a thoughtful, responsible plan to change the way Illinois schools are funded by raising the income tax and reducing the property tax burden. Edgar strongly believed the best way to fund education was through the income tax - and he was right.

     
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