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  • Some thoughts on governing Nov 9, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Lee Hamilton: I have been working in or around government for more than 50 years, and if you asked me to boil down what I’ve learned to one sentence, it is this: Governing is much harder work than most people imagine. This doesn’t excuse its lapses or sluggish rate of progress, but it does help explain them.

  • GOP at crossroads with Hispanics Nov 9, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: Republicans are enjoying a well-deserved victory lap. But, when it comes to the touchy subjects of Hispanic outreach and immigration reform, they still seem a tad confused about the road ahead.

  • Save lives, boost economy by protecting drug research Nov 7, 2014 1:01 AM
    Guest columnist Jennifer Hammer: The Trans-Pacific Partnership could be a boon for Illinois business and the state’s economy — but only if it includes strong intellectual property protections for our most innovative industries.

  • The courage of Brittany Maynard Nov 6, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: The death of death is fast approaching — fast being a matter of decades or maybe more, but sooner or later science will kill the Grim Reaper and future generations will look back on us and wonder what it was like knowing the end was always coming. We will, no doubt, vanquish death. In the meantime, we will have to deal with it.

  • Viewing political corruption more broadly Oct 26, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Lee Hamilton: Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans’ views toward government. Polling by Gallup, he noted, found that the proportion of Americans who believed that corruption is “widespread” in government had risen from 59 percent in 2006 to 79 percent in 2013. “In other words,” Edsall wrote, “we were cynical already, but now we’re in overdrive.”

  • Why don’t heroes ever claim their well-deserved title? Oct 26, 2014 5:01 AM
    Island Lake officers' heroism, the fickle price of gas and the loss of a DuPage County board member. Sunday Soapbox from Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director.

  • Put brakes on gambling expansion Oct 26, 2014 1:00 AM
    Guest columnist Tom Swoik: It has been two years since the first legal video slot machines were installed in Illinois. In just 24 months more than 18,000 slot machines have been installed at more than 4,700 locations. As a result of this growth, Illinois now has double the locations licensed to conduct gaming than Nevada.

  • A heckler’s reasoning on immigration Oct 15, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: When someone puts herself at risk to make a point, the rest of us might ask why she stuck her neck out. But she could just as well turn the question around and ask us why we stayed silent. I asked Blanca Hernandez — a 31-year-old undocumented immigrant, “dreamer” and heckler — if that’s how she felt recently as security escorted her out of a swanky gala for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute where President Obama was speaking.

  • A president lacking menace Oct 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Tell me something: What do you think would happen if the United States concludes that Iran has been cheating and delaying and is about to pop a fully functional nuclear weapons program? Would President Obama respond by joining Israel to bomb the Iranian nuclear facilities to smithereens — or would he stall and equivocate? My bet is the latter and so, just to double down, is what I bet the Iranians are betting. They have taken the measure of Obama. He lacks menace.

  • A remedy for high turnover Oct 14, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Catherine Rampell: One of the challenges that advocates are discussing here in Apsen, Colo., at an anti-poverty conference in Aspen — yes, I realize the irony — is getting buy-in from the private sector. How do you convince companies that social spending and government “handouts” are good for the bottom line? Randy Osmun has a pitch: reduced employee turnover.

  • Facebook friends: Please, please ‘like’ this column Oct 12, 2014 5:01 AM
    Perhaps it seems a little desperate, but Jim Davis, DuPage and Fox Valley news director, would really appreciate it if you'd "like" this column about the challenges of winning "shares," "likes" and "comments" through postings of the often-serious news business.

  • Obama’s tendency toward inaction Oct 12, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: If the Middle East were at peace, Obama’s lawyerly process might appear brilliant. But the outcome we’ve actually seen is directly related to the reticent, insular leadership style Obama has often exhibited. Problems in the Middle East do not improve like wine with time; they rot like meat.

  • Introspection time for evangelicals Sep 28, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Christian conservatives are often the subject of study by academics, who seem to find their culture as foreign as that of Borneo tribesmen. And this is a particularly interesting time for brave social scientists to put on their pith helmets and head to Wheaton, Ill., Colorado Springs or unexplored regions of the South. They will find a community under external and internal cultural stress.

  • Horrible life tale might lead some to better choices Sep 29, 2014 10:39 AM
    The story of Jon Dennison's battle with heroin addiction is raw, powerful and depressing. But he hopes his candor will dissuade others from getting started on the drug. Dennison's story launches a series on the suburbs' efforts to combat heroin use, says Jim Davis, DuPage and Fox Valley news director.

  • Base policymaking on evidence Sep 26, 2014 5:01 AM
    Guest columnist Christopher Mooney: Why is Illinois state government so inept? While public problems are inherently difficult to solve, Illinois seems to be particularly adrift these days. One explanation for this phenomenon is the dearth of valid and reliable evidence used in public policymaking.

  • Suburbs could be pivotal if Senate race catches fire Aug 29, 2014 1:01 AM
    Guest columnist Paul Green: To be blunt, neither candidate for U.S. Senate has lit the campaign trail on fire. If Oberweis can win downstate, the contest may come down to the voters in suburban Cook County.

  • Quinn: Economic future is in creating jobs Aug 28, 2014 2:11 PM
    In a special essay for the Daily Herald, Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn outlines the economic policies of his campaign for re-election.

  • Rauner: Economic future is in cutting taxes Aug 28, 2014 11:36 AM
    In a special essay for the Daily Herald, Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bruce Rauner outlines the economic policies of his campaign.

  • The new face of evil Aug 27, 2014 5:57 PM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: I used to not believe in evil. When Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union “the evil empire,” I thought it was a dandy phrase but also a confession of ignorance. Reagan had it right, though. The Soviet Union was evil. Now we are facing a different type of evil

  • Corporate tax returns should be public Aug 26, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Catherine Rampell: Here’s a proposal to address the many questionable and incomprehensible corporate tax schemes: Require all publicly traded companies to make their tax returns public. Period.

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