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Over 45 years ago young people were being forced into battle against what the government deemed a national threat. They were being told it was their patriotic duty to stop an enemy before it spread over here.

Our current racial tension reminds me of a man standing on the ledge of a tall bridge contemplating a fateful jump into the river below when a passerby runs up to stop him. “Wait!” shouts the passerby, “Don’t jump. Let’s talk.”

By the time you read this, President Donald Trump's latest economic stimulus plan may be largely forgotten. But it has revived an unpleasant idea that the right fringe has been peddling for years: killing Social Security and Medicare.

The recent admission by behemoth electric utility Commonwealth Edison that it repeatedly bribed minions of Illinois House speaker Mike Madigan for years (of course, Madigan knew nothing about all this; sure, right) was breath-taking for its brazenness.

As we begin the sixth month of this strange journey through a coronavirus pandemic, we see clearly that the disease is affecting more than just those unlucky enough to actually contract it.

The strange year 2020 has forced dramatic change on nearly every aspect of life and our human traditions. That includes the Indianapolis 500.

If you’re one of those people who hates it when a stranger shows up uninvited at your home, the coronavirus pandemic has had one upside: keeping you away from door-to-door salespeople, petition-gatherers and religious proselytizers. The chance of getting COVID-19 discourages such outreach, p…

I am hearing a worried buzz about our republic not holding together, something I have never in my long life encountered before.

I am hearing a worried buzz about our republic not holding together, something I have never in my long life encountered before. Some (many?) on the “left” worry about President Trump calling the election invalid and holding onto power. From the “right” comes concerns that those leading and s…

It was 75 years ago last April, as the end of World War II was drawing near, that famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle died on the tiny island of Ie Shima in the Pacific Ocean.

It would take quite a spectacle to upstage America's humiliating failure to contain the coronavirus. It's not every day that the Bahamas labels U.S. tourists as carriers of disease to be kept out.

Kokomo, Indiana, Police Chief Doug Stout remembers a meeting in October 2019 with the Kokomo TenPoint Coalition, a group working to reduce youth gun violence in the city.

As one who scribbles largely about things Illinois, I feel almost obligated to observe on the bombshell (certainly for the small fraternity that follows Illinois politics) news that utility ComEd has agreed to pay a $200 million fine for bribery of Illinois officials.

President Donald Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos are like football coaches on the sideline screaming at concussed players to sprint back onto the field or else they'll lose their spot on the team.

As one who scribbles largely about things Illinois, I feel almost obligated to observe on the bombshell (certainly for the small fraternity that follows Illinois politics) news that utility ComEd has agreed to pay a $200 million fine for bribery of Illinois officials. The announcement by the…

Scandal has once again surfaced in Springfield, and while defenders of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan continue to insist he has not been indicted nor convicted, the fact his reputation is further soiled is hard to dispute.

Federal prosecutors have not yet indicated whether they will indict the Illinois House speaker they dub “Public Official A” in documents filed with an explosive ComEd plea deal on Friday, but as far as the quality of Illinois government is concerned, they don’t have to.

While watching the number of positive local cases of COVID-19 climb more than fivefold in just over a month, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for us to understand the reluctance of so many to wear a mask.

On July 22, 1988, after the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta, the party nominee, Gov. Michael Dukakis, enjoyed a 17-point lead over Vice President George W. Bush.

The emails continue to pour in. Thousands of workers furloughed or laid off due to COVID-19 shutdowns still have not received unemployment help from the state of Illinois, to which they are entitled.

That much news coverage is biased against President Trump goes without saying. But every now and then there comes an episode of bias so egregious that it deserves attention. The coverage of the president’s July 3 speech at Mount Rushmore is one of those episodes.

Festering uneasiness across the country is underscored by the growing numbers of new cases of coronavirus, especially across the Sun Belt and western states. Arizona, Texas, California, Florida and the Carolinas are among the new hot spots. Emerging cases in those places alone reveal the tru…