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  • Singpore envy? The cult of Lee Kuan Yew Apr 1, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Whatever the eulogists of Lee Kuan Yew told you about the Singapore he created or the Asia that seems resurgent, the praise of him says just as much about America. In editorials, essays, television commentaries and just plain conversations, we appear to be suffering from an acute case of authoritarian envy.

  • Ask the Nutritionist: Limiting red meat reduces risk of some cancers, other health problems Apr 1, 2015 5:00 AM
    Registered dietitan Karen Collins explains that red meat, especially beef and lamb, is high in a form of iron called heme iron. Some studies have linked diets high in red meat and therefore heme iron to risk of colon cancer as well as increased risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

  • Healthcare changes could destroy Illinois’ vibrant life science sector Apr 1, 2015 11:24 AM
    Guest Columnist Joseph Gaspero: Illinois’ drug industry is now in a vulnerable position. Some lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have put forward a series of proposals that could wreck pharmaceutical firms’ ability to create new cures. To protect patients and Illinois workers, our leaders must ensure these proposals are scrapped.

  • COD board’s $66.52-a-person meal cost dwarfs other colleges’ Apr 1, 2015 7:45 AM
    Seven suburban community colleges all charge taxpayers for the meals board members and senior administrators share together, but none come close to how College of DuPage leaders are eating tax dollars. COD leaders spent $66.52 per person during a 16-month stretch, more than double the average meal at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines and more than seven times what is spent at Harper College in Palatine.

  • These local products have earned their spring break Apr 1, 2015 5:15 PM
    DuPage college achievers, winter edition

  • High-tech’s arrogant bid for cheap labor Mar 31, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Byron York: Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, believes passionately that the United States needs more skilled foreign workers. He has long advocated increasing the number of so-called H-1B visas, which allow those workers to come to the U.S. for several years and, in many cases, work for lower wages than current employees.

  • Being prepared is key for ‘the next epidemic’ Mar 31, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Following the Ebola crisis, we know one thing with complete certainty: The world would be utterly unprepared for an outbreak 100 times as large

  • Jitney buses and sloppy counterfeiters made old Elgin headlines Mar 31, 2015 5:32 PM
    Uber rides for hire are in the news today, but 100 years ago “jitney buses” were carrying passengers in Elgin. Also making news in years past were a ring of sloppy counterfeiters, “beer clubs,” and a bowling tournament unlike most. Historian Jerry Turnquist takes a look at Elgin area headlines 50, 75 and 100 years ago.

  • Final Four all about the head coaches Mar 31, 2015 7:04 AM
    With the Final Four finally in place for the NCAA men's basketball championship, Mike North says the focus shifts to the coaches in charge, and he likes one of them for Coach of the Year honors.

  • From the food editor: Chefs cook up fundraiser in Aurora Mar 31, 2015 6:00 AM
    Food Editor Deborah Pankey invites you to join her April 11 at the Family Counseling Service's Food Fight fundraiser in Aurora where eight chefs will compete for bragging rights and a vacation prize. She also tells you how to sign up for a Taco Takedown coming to Chicago later this month.

  • Constable: Juveniles need exit ramp on highway to prison Mar 31, 2015 6:40 AM
    Is this juvenile criminal courtroom the first stop on the highway to adult prison, or does it offer an exit ramp to a crime-free life?

  • Imrem: If Wisconsin can, why not us? Mar 31, 2015 8:41 PM
    College-basketball fans at myriad other schools must be asking if Wisconsin, why not us? The Badgers are almost likable enough to be an antidote for cheeseheads, cow chips and Packers.There is the fatherly grumpy head coach Bo Ryan, the likable big man Frank Kaminsky and their likable teammates. Since Ryan became coach the Badgers went from supporters whispering “On Wisconsin” to outsiders responding to the team’s progress with “Oh Wisconsin” to now opponents groaning “Ow Wisconsin.”

  • Streelman, Donald all set for another chance at Masters Mar 31, 2015 6:22 PM
    The Masters tournament — a sure sign of spring — is just a week away and two PGA Tour players with Illinois ties (Kevin Streelman and Luke Donald) are assured spots in the field.

  • Should you be a trade show exhibitor? Mar 30, 2015 6:56 AM
    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall talks to an industry expert who says trade shows can be an effective part of the sales process even for smaller businesses, which, he adds, “often do trade shows better because they have a more succinct team."

  • Two Democrats see budget compromise differently Mar 30, 2015 1:00 AM
    Guest columnist Madeleine Doubek: The plan to plug the $1.6 billion hole in the absurd 2015 budget Democrats crafted last year took some twists, turns and compromises before it got approved in bipartisan fashion and sent for a vote in the Illinois Senate.

  • Harper student to participate in NASA’s scholars project Mar 30, 2015 2:25 PM
    Harper College student Hasan Fetahi of Hanover Park is headed to NASA this month — and it’s no April Fools’ Day joke. Fetahi was selected for NASA’s Community College Aerospace Scholars project. “For me, it’s exciting to think that I’ll be working next to engineers and get to be around people that love chemistry and physics as much as I do,” says Fetahi says, a Hoffman Estates High School grad.

  • Conant’s Rothstein aims to help out at Platteville Mar 30, 2015 3:08 PM
    Conant softball first baseman Hailey Rothstein plans to study nursing or physical therapy, two fields in which helping others is the main focus. In high school, Rothstein has focused on being helpful with community service, including Feed My Starving Children, Almost Home Foundation, Adopt a Sailor and Operation North Pole. She has also found time to help her Cougars softball team win two Mid-Suburban League champions in the last three years. Her powerful offensive game hardly went unnoticed by the staff of Wisconsin-Platteville, where Rothstein will spend her collegiate career.

  • High point at Loras for Stevenson’s Heiser Mar 30, 2015 3:29 PM
    Stevenson graduate Tony Heiser enjoyed a big week for the Loras College baseball team and earned one of the school’s Champion of the Week honors. The sophomore outfielder helped lead his team to a pair of conference wins. In the home opener against Simpson, he belted his second home run of the season to tie the game at 3-3. The home run ignited the Duhawks and kept the game alive. With the game still tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh, Heiser returned to the plate with an opportunity to be the hero.

  • Imrem: Taking a wild swing at Baez-Cubs situation Mar 30, 2015 7:34 PM
    The Cubs sent three notable prospects to the minors Monday, including the free-flailing Javier Baez. The real surprise about Baez is that he was in the Cubs’ big-league plans this year for as long as he was.

  • Various measurements put Washington, Lincoln, Johnson as the most popular U.S. president Mar 30, 2015 12:39 PM
    “Who was the most popular president and how many votes did he get?” asked a young patron at Vernon Area Public Library, Lincolnshire, who attended the Write Away! workshop.

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