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Esther Cepeda: Violence hits a nerve with death of teen

CHICAGO — To a lifelong resident of one of America's most dangerous, corrupt and racially divided cities, the murder of Hadiya Pendleton has brought to light what really drives coverage — and outrage — of unspeakable violence: a virtuous victim.


Guest commentary: Recognizing gay marriage isn't part of the solution

By Matt Kaufman

Can't we all just accept gay marriage and come together in a common cause — promoting a society where children will be raised by married parents?


Local homeowners should act now to get mortgage relief

By Mary R. Kenney

As the headlines shift to a recovery in the housing market, with an increase in national home values and home sales, it would be easy to forget that many of our friends and neighbors are still struggling through the bad economy. Last year, over 28,000 Illinois families lost their homes. And the foreclosure rate in Illinois continues to be high.


George Will: It's way past time to cut the big banks down to size

WASHINGTON — With his chronically gravelly voice and relentlessly liberal agenda, Sherrod Brown seems to have stepped out of "Les Miserables," hoarse from singing revolutionary anthems at the barricades. Today, Ohio's senior senator has a project worthy of Victor Hugo — and of conservatives' support.

He wants to break up the biggest banks.


Droning on about drones

In light of the drone program that targets terrorist leaders for death, objections to waterboarding by then-Sen. Obama and other Democrats turned out to be political posturing.


Gov. Quinn missed the boat

State of the State speech barely mentioned Illinois' dire financial problems and failed to demand action from legislators.

It's not easy being the governor of Illinois during a period of financial crisis. Perhaps that's why Gov. Pat Quinn appeared to be going through the motions Wednesday when he delivered a lackluster State of the State speech.


More than a violent crime

Violent crime in Champaign County has taken a dangerous new turn.

Monday's fatal shooting of an Urbana man scheduled to testify the next day in a felony trial represents far more than just another violent crime.

It gives every appearance of being an intolerable assault on the judicial system.


You don't have mail

Hard times at the post office are hitting home.

With the financial numbers not working for the U.S. Postal Service, the agency has announced that it will reduce the number of days per week that it delivers mail from six to five.


Up or down vote on Hagel

Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel didn't help himself win confirmation, but he deserves an up-or-down vote.

It's pretty much undisputed that former Nebraska U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel laid a big egg last week when he appeared before a Senate confirmation hearing panel.