Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:30:00 GMTThe Illinois Senate could vote as early as Wednesday on a budget bill supported by Democrats and even some Republicans, including Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno.
Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:30:00 GMTThumbs up: To another successful and mostly peaceful transfer of power. After a contentious campaign that included violent protests, threatening phrases such as “Lock her up” and 11th-hour bombshells that embarrassed both major party candidates, Donald Trump was sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States with few problems. Yes, there were protests, clashes with police and arrests, but that’s unfortunately standard fair. Thank you to Barack Obama for his eight years of service. Good luck to President Trump in his first term in office.
Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:30:00 GMTDonald Trump was not our choice for president.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:30:00 GMTThe decision to charge four young adult African-Americans in Chicago with hate crimes and other felonies for the abduction and torture of an 18-year-old white student with special needs was the correct one.
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 05:35:00 GMTThe nation will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, a good time to reflect on the work of the country’s greatest civil rights leader and on our current state of race relations.
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:30:00 GMTThumbs up: To the McHenry County Mental Health Board and Crystal Lake-based Community High School District 155 for their partnership to train about 250 staff members to be better equipped to help prevent suicide. High school communities around the area including in District 155 have been devastated too often when students have taken their own lives, leaving permanent wounds to surviving family members and friends. This training will help those who are around young people everyday better identify risks and guide students toward seeking the help they need.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:12:00 GMTThe members of the 100th General Assembly who were sworn in Wednesday in Springfield are the lawmakers who will be in office when Illinois marks it bicentennial in December 2018.
Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:30:00 GMTThe body of a military veteran was left in a Veterans Affairs health care facility shower room for more than nine hours before someone finally had it moved to a morgue, the Tampa, Florida, Bay Times reported last month.
Sun, 08 Jan 2017 11:30:00 GMTIllinois certainly didn’t get much of a Christmas gift from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sat, 07 Jan 2017 11:30:00 GMTTo 5-year-old Brayden Jenkins of Marengo, who recognized a need and decided to do something about it. Brayden realized that homeless people need help staying warm during the winter, so he started a coat drive at Roc’s Barber Shop in DeKalb. Kendra Jenkins, Brayden’s mother, said her son came up with the idea of giving coats to people who don’t have them while they were sitting in the car on a cold day. Jenkins told her son that people can start coat drives to collect coats for people in need, and Brayden said that was what he wanted to do. While Brayden’s family lives in Marengo, it frequents Roc’s Barber Shop.
Fri, 06 Jan 2017 06:40:00 GMTWhat happened to a Crystal Lake teen who suffers from mental illness paints another horrific picture of what is happening to individuals in some Chicago neighborhoods and the general coarsening of culture.
Fri, 06 Jan 2017 05:11:00 GMTThe Land of Lincoln got a new U.S. senator this week; best of luck
Wed, 04 Jan 2017 21:27:00 GMTWhat happened this week among House Republicans carries a useful and important lesson.
Mon, 02 Jan 2017 11:30:00 GMTToday’s nationwide epidemic of opiate addiction was spawned in part by doctors who, with the best of intentions, wanted to help patients in pain, and by drug companies that said they had just the remedy – long-lasting, effective painkillers with none of the addictive qualities of their predecessors.
Mon, 02 Jan 2017 11:30:00 GMTPresident Barack Obama’s imposition of sweeping new sanctions against Russian spies is risky and tarnished by political calculation. It is also the right thing to do.
Sun, 01 Jan 2017 11:30:00 GMTPeople have made New Year’s resolutions since ancient times.
Sat, 31 Dec 2016 11:30:00 GMTThumbs up: To everyone involved in the relocation of the Crystal Lake Food Pantry to its new home at 42 East St. The new location gives the pantry nearly 10 times the space it had at its most recent building on King Street, bringing the capacity to 30,000 square feet. That will certainly help the pantry serve the 250 percent growth it has experienced over the past five years. More than $700,000 was raised by the community to support this move, which is a stunning accomplishment.
Fri, 30 Dec 2016 15:40:00 GMTThe earth’s natural systems are so complex that it can be hard to prove links between specific instances of extreme weather and the long-term shifting of global temperatures that humans are causing. But that does not suggest there are no links, or that warming is not happening.
Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:30:00 GMTDriving in Illinois became more dangerous in 2016. If we’re all a little more careful out there, we can make it a safer 2017 and a happier new year.
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 19:40:00 GMTThe quest to create a more rational health-care system took a dispiriting turn this month, when the federal government abandoned an effort to motivate doctors to use the best available drugs, rather than the costliest ones. What’s worrisome is that this could be the start of a more general retreat from payment reform in health care as the White House changes hands.