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  • The price of the party

    By the time you read this, President Donald J. Trump will officially be the new president of the United States of America. I’ve been contemplating how ...
    Jan. 20, 2017 - 5:08 pm
  • Church Women United — doing God’s work for half a century

    Presidential inaugural speeches may echo for only a short while, or they can resonate for decades.We ...
    Jan. 20, 2017 - 4:49 pm
  • Words to live by

    Shortly before I sat down to write this, I found out that National Thesaurus Day took place earlier this week and I missed it yet again. Ironically I ...
    Jan. 20, 2017 - 4:54 pm
  • These numbers are staggering

    Let me say first and foremost, I believe we, as citizens of the United States, have the right to own a gun. I am not against guns; I am against violen ...
    Jan. 17, 2017 - 3:26 pm
  • Do you think President-elect Trump should continue tweeting comments about daily events after he takes the oath of office Friday?

    Sure, I'd love to see him give up his incessant Twitter rants. Realistically, that's about as probable as him releasing his taxes, acknowledging that ...
    Jan. 17, 2017 - 3:07 pm
  • Madigan makes history as Illinois bleeds

    Illinois’ 100th General Assembly began with a whimper.That was the sound of House Democrats casting ...
    Jan. 17, 2017 - 3:04 pm
  • Plan prompts cheering for the Senators

    It might be considered unusual to find Illinoisans cheering for the Senators these days.We speak not ...
    Jan. 17, 2017 - 3:11 pm
  • 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. 18, 2017 - 9:31 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • F & G

    The music director at our church stood during the announcements, “If you don’t know music, that’s OK. We’ll teach you.”
    Jan. 3, 2017 - 4:03 pm
  • This year (Dec. 15) is the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. Which of the first 10 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution do you most cherish?

    It hangs in a framed picture on my office wall — the First Amendment. Of course freedom of the pres ...
    Jan. 3, 2017 - 4:07 pm
  • Jeep to Jeep

    This happened awhile ago, but I wanted time to reflect. I've previously written about driving classic cars, but I've since moved forward — forward in ...
    Jan. 4, 2017 - 8:52 am
  • Jim Nowlan: A strategy to derail Madigan and cronies

    Several readers sharply disagreed with my recent column that took Gov. Bruce Rauner to task for his budget strategy, even criticism from a savvy, insi ...
    Jan. 3, 2017 - 4:04 pm
  • Our regrettable shrinking state

    The U.S. Census Bureau released new migration data Dec. 20, and it’s frightening. Illinois has a massive people problem.
    Dec. 30, 2016 - 4:51 pm
  • Thinking about health

    Even though the election is over and Republicans are in a position to repeal and replace Obamacare as they’ve been vowing to do for several years, tha ...
    Dec. 30, 2016 - 3:31 pm
  • Disappointed redistricting reform failed

    Looking back at the election of 2016, the results brought joy to some and disappointment to others.F ...
    Dec. 30, 2016 - 3:31 pm
  • When driving, hey, let’s all be careful out there

    “Hey, let’s be careful out there.”The late Michael Conrad, portraying Sgt. Phil Esterhaus in the 198 ...
    Dec. 30, 2016 - 3:31 pm
  • Partying with the younger generation

    When I was a kid, there was one night I looked forward to every year. It was right up there with Christmas and Halloween. It was New Year’s Eve, and t ...
    Dec. 30, 2016 - 10:09 am
  • Resolutions worth keeping

    Every year at this time, I find myself contemplating all the resolutions I need to make. The list is a long one — clearly, I have a host of things nee ...
    Dec. 30, 2016 - 4:00 pm
  • The stuff does matter

    I know all of you have been reading and seeing the pictures from the wildfires in, near and around Gatlinburg, Tenn. Having visited that area a few ye ...
    Dec. 28, 2016 - 8:35 am
  • Out with the old, and in with the new

    Seemingly in the blink of an eye, Christmas came and went. If you’re like me, you still have a couple of post-Christmas events to attend, but by and l ...
    Dec. 27, 2016 - 3:39 pm
  • The new year has finally arrived. Do you make New Year’s resolutions? How successful are you at keeping them?

    I make a mental list every year of all the resolutions I want to focus on — but I'll be the first to say I don't do a very good job of keeping those p ...
    Dec. 27, 2016 - 3:02 pm
  • Environmental awareness

    Around our house, when someone falls down or bumps into something, we laugh. I am not the mom who rushes to her child's side filled with concern and w ...
    Jan. 4, 2017 - 8:50 am