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  • The true meaning of perfection

    In order for this little saga to make any sense at all, I have to introduce you to my grandparents. I've written about them a lot, but for those who d ...
    Jan. 16, 2017 - 12:06 pm
  • Our talent show

    One year, my family attended “Family Camp” at Mennohaven Camp and Retreat Center outside of Tiskilwa. This was the opportunity for us to bond in the g ...
    Jan. 13, 2017 - 2:50 pm
  • Census data brings little joy to the region

    Illinois certainly didn’t get much of a Christmas gift from the U.S. Census Bureau.A report right be ...
    Jan. 13, 2017 - 2:51 pm
  • Affordable Care Act is a big help to rural residents

    Nearly 60 million U.S. citizens are estimated to live in rural areas – myself included. We have higher rates of chronic medical diseases, higher rates ...
    Jan. 13, 2017 - 2:50 pm
  • ‘Rome is burning,’ and the rescue is dear

    Reader alert/warning – another state budget impasse column!There are reports that Illinois State Sen ...
    Jan. 13, 2017 - 2:50 pm
  • Tilikum is dead, but his story lives on

    As I sit down to write this column, news is flooding in about the death of Tilikum, SeaWorld’s most notorious killer whale.
    Jan. 16, 2017 - 12:05 pm
  • My forecast for 2017: Interesting

    I don’t know about you, but I’ve got this gnawing feeling inside of me. I’m sure it revolves around the beginning of a new year; I always get a bit gi ...
    Jan. 10, 2017 - 3:33 pm
  • Why a budget won’t fix Illinois

    Did you feel it?As 2016 expired at midnight Dec. 31, so too did Illinois’ stopgap budget. That six-m ...
    Jan. 10, 2017 - 4:06 pm
  • There’s been a lot of talk about Illinoisans pulling up stakes and leaving. If you had to move to another state, which would you choose?

    I grew up in a small town in Missouri, and I often joke that they left the town's gate open one night when I was 18. I left and have never returned, a ...
    Jan. 10, 2017 - 3:20 pm
  • What would a National Register Historic District mean for Princeton?

    On behalf of Landmarks Illinois, a statewide historic preservation organization, I have had the pleasure recently of spending time and working in Prin ...
    Jan. 11, 2017 - 9:13 am
  • Warm memories of cold days

    I’m really not a fan of winter. It’s no secret. I constantly complain about the brutal temperatures, driving in the snow/ice, the relentless wind and ...
    Jan. 6, 2017 - 3:58 pm
  • Resolution for 2017: Support Main Street Revitalization

    Princeton area residents should put the following resolution high on their lists for 2017: find a way to personally and enthusiastically support the P ...
    Jan. 6, 2017 - 3:38 pm
  • Historically Speaking: Populist revolts

    Through the long slog of the 2016 Presidential campaign, the media often used the word “populist” to describe the campaigns of both Bernie Sanders and ...
    Jan. 6, 2017 - 3:35 pm
  • The future of Bureau Valley

    Editor’s note: The following guest commentary exceeds the Bureau County Republican’s word limit of 500 words for Letters to the Editor. Therefore, the ...
    Jan. 6, 2017 - 3:36 pm
  • Gearing up for 2017

    Well, 2017 officially arrived. I always feel good when we begin another year; it’s kind of like we get to wipe the slate clean, so to speak, and begin ...
    Jan. 3, 2017 - 4:25 pm