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  • Never too late to enter our fave letters sweepstakes Jul 28, 2014 9:57 AM
    Getting a spot to watch a Glen Ellyn parade. Bemoaning how we abound with "driverless cars." A "coward" who peppered a yard with mothballs to harm a dog. All are topics for our annual favorite letters feature, writes Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.

     
  • Illinois schools don’t have to be mired in the middle Jul 25, 2014 5:01 AM
    Guest columnists James Nowlan and Thomas Johnson: The Illinois economy has been struggling. In January 2014 the state’s unemployment rate was 8.7 percent, second highest in the nation. From our employment peak in November 2000, Illinois lost 656,000 jobs and has regained only 257,000. What can be done about our parlous situation?

     
  • Limousine liberalism’s good works Jul 24, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Catherine Rampell: Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality?

     
  • Angry impasse threatens border solution Jul 24, 2014 4:16 PM
    Columnist Byron York: After more than a year of contentious debate, could Congress be any more divided over the issue of immigration? The answer is yes.

     
  • A fight for Israel’s existence Jul 23, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Israel is the legal creation of the United Nations. It has an absolute right not merely to exist but to do so safe from rockets or incursions by tunneling terrorists.

     
  • America the heartless Jul 22, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: Before it’s too late, Americans need to turn their attention back to the children. The lost children of Central America have themselves gotten lost in the fog of debate over what should become of them. Americans started off talking about the kids, but quickly meandered into distracting conversations about politics, blame, history, ideology and government funding.

     
  • Corrupting citizens for fun and profit Jul 20, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Two of the larger social trends of our time — the growth of payday gambling and the legalization of marijuana — have two things in common: They are justified as the expansion of personal liberty and they serve the interests of an expanding government.

     
  • Heroic cabbie, oil change guys and COD Jul 21, 2014 3:38 PM
    DuPage/Fox Valley News Director Jim Davis gets on his Soapbox about heroes who drive cabs and work at Jiffy Lube -- and the war of words at College of DuPage.

     
  • American dream out of reach for too many Jul 18, 2014 11:33 AM
    Guest columnist Pocket Sun: June 2 was my last day of work. It’s been only five months since I joined the global marketing team of a respected, multinational technology company based in the Chicago area. As much as I enjoyed working in Schaumburg and looked forward to the opportunities, my time ran out; I am no longer authorized to work in the United States.

     
  • It’s who they are, not what they say Jul 17, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Catherine Rampell: Talons drawn, the media have descended upon Chelsea Clinton. Again. This time the attacks are over how much money she makes — for her network television fluff pieces and well-attended gigs on the lecture circuit — despite her stick-thin resume.

     
  • Display pages keep art in the joy of newspaper reading Jul 17, 2014 10:38 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: What caught my attention was the headline for Wednesday's Food section: SIPPING AWAY ... SUMMER DAYS ... and the pleasant, break-a-few-rules design.

     
  • When it comes to gossip, some conservatives will buy anything Jul 16, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: They had a term for her, but I’ve forgotten it. It was a name applied to a person who could not say no to a door-to-door salesman. The one I remember from my brief career selling magazines was totally upfront about her intentions. “I’ll buy whatever you’re selling,” she said. I sold her Esquire and two other subscriptions. Salesmen back then had a name for such people. Today, I would call them conservatives. They, too, will buy anything.

     
  • Cold and calculating on immigration Jul 16, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: Whenever President Obama acts unilaterally on immigration reform — and it’s not often enough — the reactions on both the right and the left are so predictable.

     
  • Highway Trust Fund needs a solution for the long haul Jul 15, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Donna Brazile: Once again, Congress needs to act — this time to renew the Federal Highway Trust Fund, created in 1956 to help construct and fund our nation’s roadways, bridges, tunnels and sidewalks. The trust fund has been a complete success, but it’s about to run out of money soon if Congress fails to act.

     
  • Needed: A conservative temperament Jul 15, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Precisely because President Obama’s progressivism is exhausted and increasingly discredited, Americans will give the GOP another look. They will be either impressed or frightened by what they see.

     
  • Are we doomed to polarization? Jul 13, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Lee Hamilton: We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don’t much like the way it’s performing. The reason for this dissatisfaction is clear. Polls in recent years detail a polarized nation, divided both ideologically and politically.

     
  • Stop costly, unnecessary runway ideas at private airport Jul 11, 2014 5:01 AM
    Guest columnist Allan Englehardt: While pilots would love to see a longer runway at Chicago Executive Airport for safety, in this case, economically, it just does not make sense. The public will not stand for the spending that will be involved.

     
  • We’re always finding new ways for people who want to talk Jul 10, 2014 7:05 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Back in the olden days when George Carlin was alive and people used email, Carlin had a joke I thought timely and profound. It went something like this: “I’ve finally discovered what email is for. It’s for people who don’t want to talk to each other.”

     
  • The divided states of Obama Jul 10, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The headline — “Poll: Obama Worst President Since World War II” — was both provocative and misleading. The Quinnipiac survey did, indeed, place President Obama at the top of the worst since FDR. But this was largely a measure of partisan concentration. Republicans were united in their unfavorable historical judgment of Obama. Democrats divided their votes (and would insist, I’d imagine, that they have more options to choose from).

     
  • Cold and calculating on immigration Jul 9, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: Whenever President Obama acts unilaterally on immigration reform — and it’s not often enough — the reactions on both the right and the left are so predictable.

     
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