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Commentary: How the state of local news varies (and doesn’t) around the world

Too often, discussions about the state of journalism tend to be national-centric. Given differences across markets, this is not surprising. However, there are often more similarities than many people realize. This April, at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, I convened a panel of four experts to explore some of these parallels – and More...

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By Illinois News Network On Thursday, December 7th, 2017
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BERG: It’s the 199th birthday of Illinois! Hey, wait … come back

(Illinois News Network) — Illinois celebrated its 199th birthday Dec. 3. The eventual Land of Lincoln first became a state in 1818. Back then, nearly all of Illinois’ fertile prairie was left unsettled. More...

By Guest Poster On Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
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HAMILTON: You can lay the groundwork for reforming Congress

The first three words of the U.S. Constitution are, “We the People.” The Constitution itself, our institutions of government, the democratic process — all were established to give Americans a voice in their More...

By Jake Leonard On Thursday, November 30th, 2017
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EDITORIAL: Illinois Family Institute is truly ignorant on the benefits of legal pot

There are times when we know some editorials and letters to the editor are so outrageously ridiculous, they don’t even warrant being seen in the public eye, whether online or in your daily newspaper. I’ve More...

By Lyle "Mac" McElroy On Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
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Mac’s Korner: Week of November 29, 2017

Mac’s Korner: Week of November 29, 2017 A man staggers into an emergency room with two black eyes and a golf club wrapped tightly around his throat. Naturally, the doctor asks him what happened. “Well, More...

By Lyle "Mac" McElroy On Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
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Mac’s Korner: Week of November 22, 2017

Mac’s Korner: Week of November 22, 2017 Late one night in Washington, DC a mugger wearing a ski mask jumped into the path of Harry Reid and stuck a gun in his ribs; “Give me your money,” he demanded. More...

By Illinois News Network On Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
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McCaleb: Legislators break into song and dance when real fix is needed

(Illinois News Network) — I’ve been called many things, but handy isn’t one of them. When something around the house breaks, I usually take a look at the problem, dig through my toolbox, look More...

By Jake Leonard On Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
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Commentary: Time for a sane alternative to the Moore circus, write in Ron Bishop for U.S. Senate

Recent revelations regarding sexual misconduct from Republican U.S. Senate Roy Moore has turned the special election for Jeff Sessions’ vacated seat into a carnival sideshow. Accusations from five women so More...

By Jake Leonard On Sunday, October 29th, 2017
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Commentary: Austin Petersen devolved from an anti-Trump libertarian to a MAGA sellout Republican for Missouri U.S. Senate race

(John Raoux/AP file photo) Austin Petersen, a longtime “small-l” libertarian, is in the running for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Missouri in 2018. What voters don’t realize is his devolution More...

By Guest Poster On Friday, September 29th, 2017
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Illinois Policy: Illinois lawmakers stampede for the exit

SPRINGFIELD (Illinois Policy Institute) — The most likely driver is pretty obvious to most Illinoisans: the rage of constituents. Thirty state lawmakers in the 100th General Assembly will not be holding their More...

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