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  • Why your mayors want you riled up over pensionsApr 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Suburban mayors have a daunting task: Convincing the public and the first responders who work for them that the pension system is seriously, if not fatally, flawed. Part of the argument for pension reform is that retirements for police and firefighters can be much sweeter than that of John Q. Public. It seems clear that something has to give, says Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.

  • The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield is Illinois’ only presidential library, but the state hopes to attract the Barack Obama Presidential Library as well. (AP File Photo/Seth Perlman)

    Editorial: It’s politics before prestige in Obama library bidApr 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says the proposal to promise tax money as part of the bid for the Obama Presidential Library is worth discussion, but that some Illinois House Democrats have ensured that it got off to an embarrassing start

  • Government as innovator? You bet!Apr 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Columnist Lee Hamilton: Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion. People who believe in public belt-tightening applaud drops like that. I understand why: There are many reasons to reduce government spending. But in this case they’re wrong.

  • Slayings in Kansas stem from lack of understandingApr 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: The innocent lives taken at the Kansas Jewish community center and senior living facility was a heinous act against mankind — and I’m deeply sorry to the families who lost their loved ones. As a Muslim American, I share the same mutual respect and love the Jewish community holds for the Israelite prophets.

  • Privacy rights essential to a free societyApr 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: In an April 6 letter to the editor, Jeff Markarian, suggested that only people with something to hide would be worried about government surveillance. This cliché falsely conflates the defense of personal rights with being suspect. In the United States there should be nothing suspicious about demanding that the government respect the Fourth Amendment to show probable cause and obtain specific warrants before investigations.

  • Unhappy about plan to cut IMRF pensionApr 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: My response to the Daily Herald investigation and the proposal of state Rep. Deborah Conroy to cut the “13th payment” from IMRF pensions is: Cut my subscription to the Daily Herald and vote the representative out of office.

  • Let voters decide future of townshipsApr 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Wonder Lake letter to the editor: Illinois’ nearly 13 million citizens have a shameful tax burden of supporting 7,000 units of governments, which is 2,100 more than any other state. That is what happens when so many Springfield politicians, from both major parties, focus primarily on extending their incumbency by being township friendly, thus throwing the taxpayer under the bus.

  • On Naperville’s health care debateApr 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Naperville letter to the editor: The Daily Herald’s front page story, April 13, on whether Naperville’s City Council members should receive health care benefits highlighted two polar opposite views.

  • Bruce the Alternative may be best distinctionApr 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: At a recent debate sponsored by the Illinois Education Association, Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner sparred over education in Illinois.

  • More taxes will weigh on job creationApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Springfield Democrats are taking advantage of veto-proof majorities in the House and Senate. At a time when 570,000 Illinoisans are out of work and our No. 1 priority should be creating jobs and improving our economy, members of the majority party are instead engaging in an assault on taxpayers and job creators through several tax hike proposals.

  • Bring alternatives to Obamacare out of hidingApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: In reference to the April 4 cartoon on your Opinion page about never finding the GOP alternative to Obamacare, I know where you can find it! It is locked up in Harry Reid’s bottom desk drawer.

  • Political right is wrong on wagesApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Many, many years ago I was a high school student and got a summer job at a chain store selling women’s apparel. My wage was 35 cents an hour. A postage stamp cost 3 cents. Imagine my dismay when the subject of minimum wage became a hot issue again and the political right was still using the same old argument that they were using when I started working, saying it would cause a loss of jobs.

  • ‘Diaper derbies’ serve only the parentsApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I am just an old grandma, but I personally fail to see the sense in subjecting tiny crawling infants to those “diaper derbies.” The little 10½-month-old girl in last week’s paper is obviously terrified realizing that her mommy is so far away and that she is surrounded by a group of strangers.

  • Improved access to vaccines neededApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    A letter to the editor: On Jan. 1 Illinois began requiring all seventh and 12th grade students to receive a meningococcal vaccination. This necessitates adding it to the current list of vaccines pharmacists can administer to those ages 10 to 13 and older without a prescription.

  • What’s so different about Election Day?Apr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Hainesville letter to the editor: A valid I.D. should be required on Election Day, as it is required to early vote.

  • Courtesy of Lake County Forest Preserve DistrictA wood frog with eggs.

    The SoapboxApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Daily Herald editors sound off on topics as serene as hearing frogs in wetlands and as exciting as the Wolves coach's 700th win.

  • Talk gets bigger, stick gets smallerApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Naperville letter to the editor: In regards to the situation in the Ukraine; it is my opinion that all of the actions by this president, his administration and the current Senate has given Russia and others the perception that they can do almost anything they want and get away with it.

  • Left wants no probe of tax exemptionsApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    An Itasca letter to the editor: Two previous letter writers debated whether the IRS targeted progressives equally as they did conservatives as each of those groups applied for tax exempt status.

  • Why is liquor license asset to community?Apr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Gilberts letter to the editor: I would like to comment on a Daily Herald article written by James Fuller concerning a vote on a zoning change to allow a liquor license at a soccer club. The article indicated there was a local organized coalition of Gilberts residents opposed to any drinking establishment situated in their backyards for a variety of reasons.

  • Sorry to lose ‘Soup to Nutz’ comic stripApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I continue to enjoy the Daily Herald and have subscribed for many years. I was disappointed that Rick Stromoski’s “Soup to Nutz” was dropped. I particularly enjoyed his occasional poke at religion. Not many cartoonists have had the vision to take that tack. I expect that I will enjoy “Gray Matters.”

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