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  • Vital services are provided by townshipsApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    A letter to the editor: Township government provides essential services across Illinois, and does so more cost effectively than larger units of government. There has been an aggressive push to eliminate township government in Illinois often based on information that is simply not true.

  • ACA’s 30-hour rule bad for businessApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    A letter to the editor: Let’s reverse the ACA’s unintended consequences that have caused collateral damage to vulnerable families and individuals in Illinois.

  • Moving might not solve your tax problemsApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: One of the most frequent complaints I hear is about the income tax rate. Some say they are going to move because of it. I wonder where they might go.

  • Governor’s tax plan punishes wrong peopleApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: When Gov. Pat Quinn and his lawmakers in 2011 raised the state income tax to 5 percent, he promised that it would be temporary. Now that he and his cronies face tough re-election campaigns he has changed his mind. He wants to make the tax permanent instead of rolling it back to 3.75 percent as promised. The governor is pitching the program as a facade

  • Governor’s policies have failed thus farApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: Gov. Quinn, we did not elect you to be “straight,” we elected you to fix the problems of the state. You not only failed to fix the financial mess, you have made it worse. Illinois is worse off now than before you started stealing our money. What did you do with the $6 billion? Where is the accountability? Why should we give you $6 billion more?

  • Money can buy elections, not loveApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    ASleepy Hollow letter to the editor: Most of us subscribe to the maxims that money can’t buy happiness or true love, but thanks to the Supreme Court ruling loosening restrictions on campaign contributions, I guess it will be easier to buy political offices.

  • Apr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    n Elgin letter to the editor: I am writing to congratulate Elgin Police Department Animal Control Officer Matthew Ciesielczyk on a job well done. Recently, he successfully captured/rescued a little stray dog that has been living underneath a neighbor’s deck for at least the last four weeks.

  • Dillard was tainted by union moneyApr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: On April 1, Senator Kirk Dillard wrote he “came within two votes per precinct of the GOP nomination for governor.” He claims Bruce Rauner’s record campaign spending and inaccurate polling distracted voters from the issues.

  • In a June 2012 photo, a heroin pouch lays next to a sidewalk on Chicago’s Homan Avenue. Some states, including Illinois, are reporting a rise in heroin use as many addicts shift from more costly and harder-to-get prescription opiates to this cheaper alternative. In Cook County, the state’s most-populous county, the medical examiner’s office says heroin in 2013 accounted for 224 deaths, or 60 percent of the 377 total opiate-linked deaths.

    Editorial: The relentless threat of heroin addictionApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial warns of the relentless nature of heroin addiction and the tenacious response that is needed to combat it

  • Are Catholic reforms truly happening?Apr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: So, after we have all tried to stay “faithful” and proclaimed “that is the past, the pope is making changes!” the Italian bishops reiterate to the world that they don’t have to inform authorities if they suspect a child is sexually abused

  • ‘Too much traffic’ at gun ranges a lame excuseApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: What other lame excuses can the anti-gun fanatics come up with? If I had the money, I’d develop one of the thousands of vacant properties in one of the thousands of empty business centers, away from homes, schools, churches, etc. I’d build or update an existing property with a modern, safe, soundproofed range, and with more than enough parking and adequate traffic control to satisfy those afraid that an “increase in gun owner’s traffic” (during regular business hours) will disrupt their own driving schedules that also contribute to “too much traffic.”

  • 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.

  • Pay teachers, let trustees buy snacksApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: Thank you, Bob Johnson, for your letter regarding the importance of community colleges. You failed to explain, though, what trustees do that requires so much training that a single trustee should be reimbursed in two years what my husband, an adjunct professor with a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, earns in a year.

  • Things to consider on unionized athletesApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Spring Grove letter to the editor: Looks like the “semi-professional” college athletes will soon get their chance to join a union. This may open up a few ways to also solve many other fiscal problems.

  • Critics overdo privacy concernsApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: Why is everyone getting bent out of shape over their privacy rights?

  • Put efforts into stopping real wasteApr 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    An Elgin letter to the editor: It is interesting to observe as a new concept is proposed, gathers support, and becomes written as proposed legislation. However, sometimes this process is just wrong, no matter how many jump on the bandwagon. I am referring to the attempt to squash the 13th check received by IMRF retirees.

  • College athletes get plenty of perksApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Palatine letter to the editor: A Northwestern football player sues the NCAA for pay to play. What do you get when you mix an ingrate college athlete, a union that would gladly sign up the Little Sisters of the Poor, and a hungry lawyer? The answer, my friend, ain’t blowin’ in the wind; that stench is the lawsuit filed by all the above against the NCAA, demanding payment to “student athletes.”

  • Comity needed to fix education problemsApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: The U.S. Department of Education really needs help via a heavy dose of constructive criticism. We can only hope that our nation’s teachers, with guidance from educational leaders such as Ravitch, can rise to the occasion and help resolve issues related to school choice and privatization as well as provide requisite corrective action on the manifest problems besetting the Common Core and its ill-advised implementation plan.

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