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PODCAST:Senator Dick Durbin 04-25-17

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Dave and Elizabeth check in on the Capitol and chat with Illinois Senator Dick Durbin.

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Sunday Extra: Thank you, Donald Trump

By DIANE ORE

I have good news for Donald Trump. I am here to thank him, hugely, for all he has done for me since Nov. 9 when I woke up feeling like a bus had parked itself on my chest. Here goes:

Mike Pemberton/Voices: The 'Kansas Comet': More than a hero

By MIKE PEMBERTON

Dubbed the "Kansas Comet," for his blurring speed, Gale Sayers' football career blazed bright and brief. Hampered by knee injuries, Sayers played in only 68 games over a seven-year pro career. Yet his performance was so dominant he was a first ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer and the youngest player to ever be inducted.

Guest Commentary: No easy answers on health care

By DONALD GREELEY

I am a recently retired pulmonary medicine physician who practiced in a multispecialty clinic environment. I have observed the evolution of health care delivery over my career. Right now our society needs to get serious about coming to grips with many important questions. We can no longer kick the can down the road.

Jeanne Sathre/Voices: Look who is not in the driver's seat

By JEANNE SATHRE

I spent a weekend last year with my older daughter, her husband and my two grandsons in the Mexican mountain town of Tapalpa. It was a good trip, with a quaint hotel, no chain restaurants or stores, the best hot chocolate I've ever had, and scenery completely different from the cityscape of Guadalajara, where we were living at the time.

Guest Commentary: Questions on Rauner's reasons

By RALPH MARTIRE

Gov. Bruce Rauner recently shot down another proposal to fund public services in the current fiscal year.

Guest Commentary: Corn is for food, not fuel

By STANFORD L. LEVIN

How can we create jobs, improve the environment, reduce the government deficit, and improve relations with Mexico and our Central American allies? It sounds impossible, but actually it's simple: stop mandating that corn-based ethanol be added to gasoline.

Guest Commentary: Let Burnhams' benevolence live on

By DANNEL McCOLLUM

The successful effort to defeat two successive bond referendums to replace Champaign Central High School largely came about through the efforts of an ad hoc group of citizens under the name Keep Central Central.

Guest Commentary: Property-tax freeze: Balm or time bomb for taxpayers?

By TIM JONES

Eugene Williams led his south Chicago suburb of Lynwood through the recession and the slow, unsatisfying recovery, always keeping his eye on the fundamentals — fix the streets, pay the bills. And then do it all over again.

"We need every tax dollar we get," said Williams, who's been mayor of this village along the Indiana border for 10 years.