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Editorial. An annually pointless bill

Joe Sosnowski’s HB4298, a carbon copy of his five other previous attempts, would require the state’s nearly 7,000 bodies of government to be solely responsible for posting this vital public information and foot the bill for maintaining…

It’s not time to be careless in Springfield

The Illinois State Capitol is less than a half-mile from the governor's mansion. Yet, the two buildings are light years apart politically. That was proven, yet again, when the Illinois House voted 112-0 to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's…

Trick or treating has a deep history

By Regina Hansen The Conversation Over the past few decades, Halloween celebrations have gained in popularity, not only with children and families, but with all those fascinated with the spooky and scary. As a scholar of myth and…

Three things to know about the County budget

By John Guevara  Contributor Even after the County Board’s budget vote on Thursday, slashing the Sheriff’s budget by $4.3 million (or 62 percent of the projected deficit), questions linger, tempers flare, and press conferences are…

Two big reasons to stand up for Lake Michigan

The Great Lakes have a new resident, brachionus leydigii, but nobody's rolling out the welcome mat. Although the species of microscopic zooplankton may prove to be harmless, it's yet another non-native species invading and possibly…

I was an Exxon-funded climate scientist

Exxon funded climate scientists while the bulk of its public-facing advertorials argued the science and cause of climate change was uncertain. By Katharine Hayhoe  The Conversation ExxonMobil’s deliberate attempts to sow doubt on the…

Guest Column. River Edge vital for revitalization

By Gary Anderson  Guest Contributor  Last Friday, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the four-year extension for the River Edge Historic Preservation Tax Credit program. This economic-development tool has been the key reason why downtown Rockford…