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  • Slusher: Participate with us in job of making democracy work Oct 2, 2014 1:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: On Sunday, the Daily Herald’s Opinion page will begin conducting one of the newspaper’s most important functions — participating in the democracy. We want you to join us.

  • Whose war on women? Oct 2, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Let’s be clear. The war on women is based on just one thing — abortion rights. While it is true that access to abortion has been restricted in several states owing to Republican efforts, it is not true that women as a whole care only or mostly about abortion.

  • Will Elgin’s Sainz defend Chicago Open title? Oct 1, 2014 5:16 PM
    Carlos Sainz Jr. will be the focal point of the Chicago Open, the last big tournament of the local season — assuming he plays, that is. As Len Ziehm explains, Sainz, 28, is uncommitted as he waits to see if he'll start the PGA Tour season next week or defend his Chicago Open title.

  • Griffin: Why gas tax distribution varies in suburbs Oct 1, 2014 5:01 AM
    When Wheeling has to fix its roads, the village can count on $14,096 per mile in motor fuel taxes disbursed by the state. North Barrington gets just $3,647 a mile. The towns are the two extremes among 73 suburbs analyzed by the Daily Herald. Funding swings widely among different towns because motor fuel tax revenue — which comes from taxes drivers pay at the pump — is distributed to towns by population, rather than taking into account road mileage.

  • Batavia couple married 70 years Oct 1, 2014 2:33 PM
    Joe and Betty Stephano of Batavia are marking 70 years as a couple this year.

  • New fire house to be dedicated Saturday Oct 1, 2014 2:23 PM
    Gerard Dziuba reports on the new East Dundee fire station, which will host an open house starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

  • Fall glory: Pumpkin Weekends, Paws in the Park Oct 1, 2014 2:37 PM
    The Fox Valley Park District kicks off a big weekend with its annual Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm, and Sunday is Paws in the Park at Lincoln Park.

  • For-profit colleges earn their bad rep Oct 1, 2014 12:48 PM
    Columnist Catherine Rampell: For-profit colleges can’t get no respect, at least not from employers. Which suggests that maybe they should be getting less generous taxpayer subsidies, too.

  • Rozner: Cubs, Girardi might be a match in fall of 2015 Oct 1, 2014 5:22 AM
    Joe Girardi loves managing the Yankees, his family's happy and he's making huge dollars. The timing was simply wrong in the fall of 2013. But the way things are shaping up, the math might produce a different result in the fall of 2015.

  • St. Edward’s story is waiting for a championship ending Oct 1, 2014 10:06 PM
    I’ve been kidding St. Edward coach Mike Rolando for the last couple of years to hurry up and win a state championship so we can write a book already. Well, partly kidding anyway.Of all the interesting stories on the Fox Valley prep sports beat over the last decade, none would merit elaboration in book form more than the revival and eventual rise to a state championship of St. Edward football.

  • Fezzuoglio’s difficult decision Oct 1, 2014 10:07 PM
    Dan Fezzuoglio was shown a greater purpose. The Waubonsie Valley government and world geography teacher resigned his position as the Warriors’ head varsity baseball coach on Sept. 19, meeting with his players Sept. 26. He called this past year a “trying” one, filled with challenges good and bad.

  • Introspection time for evangelicals Sep 30, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: It is fair to say that some cultural views traditionally held by evangelicals are in retreat. Whatever the (likely dim) future of political libertarianism, moral libertarianism has been on the rise.

  • Conservatives’ short memories on school protests Sep 30, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: What’s really at the heart of that story from 2010 where five students at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Calif., conspired to wear T-shirts bearing the American flag? Was it patriotism? Or petulance?

  • Eat right, live well: You can’t beat the benefits of beets Sep 30, 2014 6:01 AM
    There are more than 60 types of sugar but I bet you rarely think of beets as a sugar source. Yet beets are higher in natural sugar than carrots and even corn. Beets are a vibrant purple-red root vegetable that add beautiful color to our plates and important nutrients to our diet. A 3-ounce serving of beets contains 8 grams of carbohydrate and about 35 calories.

  • Jews observe High Holy Days in Catholic church Sep 30, 2014 5:48 AM
    In a show of cooperation between Christians and Jews, Holy Family Church in Inverness will host the Beth Tikvah congregation of Hoffman Estates for Yom Kippur. The trickiest part is hiding the 2,000-pound cross with Jesus.

  • Just be there for friend in abusive relationship Sep 30, 2014 12:22 PM
    Her friend recently announced her engagement to abusive boyfriend. She can't be happy for the couple knowing their history, so how does she react? Carolyn Hax says be honest and be there.

  • Why birding is the best hobby Sep 30, 2014 5:30 AM
    Not a bird watcher, you say? Well, our Jeff Reiter is out to convince you that birding is the hobby for you. Bird sightings happen anywhere and everywhere, whether you're looking out your kitchen window or are motivated to travel to an exotic locale to add species to your life list, he says. If he's right, Reiter just may persuade you to pick up a pair of binoculars.

  • For now, NFC North still up for grabs Sep 30, 2014 5:18 AM
    The Detroit Lions lead the NFC North Division, but there is three-way tie for second place between the Packers, Vikings and Bears. But Mike North wants to know how long this logjam will last.

  • Statistics can be tricky things, and the new eye in the sky Sep 30, 2014 6:32 PM
    By every measure, St. Francis senior defensive lineman Quinn Calcagno put in a career performance against Hales Franciscan in last weekend’s 29-0 victory. The team’s stats listed him with 12 total tackles including 5.5 sacks. Those are the “official” stats, which is where things get a little tricky. There was an additional play that required a difficult judgment call.

  • Nothing like sports at its purest level Sep 30, 2014 10:48 PM
    What a wonderfully odd surprise this was: Young kids in the park across the street from our house were playing pickup touch football without a single adult coaching, supervising or spectating.

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