After many months of denial, the Biden administration now admits something that was apparent to many Americans at the start of the year: We need more oil from U.S. soil. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm told attendees at a recent industry gathering, “I hope you will hear me say that please…

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Sen. Bob Dole was the kind of politician needed in Washington and in every nook and cranny across the country, one who was a leader and would listen to the other side, a politician who would compromise for the good of us all, and one who was not a divider and a braggart about himself.

Volunteering in a local third-grade class recently, I was tutoring a student reading an illustrated story about a golden fish that grants a fisherman’s wife wishes. First the fisherman’s wife asks for her shack to be turned into a castle, and her wish is granted. Then she asks to rule the la…

‘Tis the season to be jolly! If we’ve ordered early enough, there will be presents waiting for loved ones under the tree. Last Christmas we celebrated remotely with family, but this year with our family safely vaccinated and boosted, we are once again ready to deck the halls! As I began shop…

Writes former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas: "During my tenure at the Chicago Public Schools, I helped finance the funerals of well over 100 students who were killed in the community but we never had a gun fired in a school."

Gov. J.B. Pritzker may be celebrating the lower deficits his budget office just projected for the next five years, but Illinois’ latest “improvements” owe little to what he and the General Assembly have done since the governor took office. To the contrary, most of Pritzker’s recent actions h…

After a few days of student fights at Southwood High School in Shreveport, La., and 23 students arrested in three days, a number of local fathers decided to form a group called “Dads on Duty” and start spending time at the school throughout the day “greeting students in the morning and helpi…

After being criticized by a UI professor for her support of license plate readers, Minnie Pearson writes: 'I have been, and am still at, the table, taking part in serious discussions about how to solve the community’s biggest problems. And I have to ask, after reading this column: Where have you been?'

When my grandson started first grade this fall, I compared his school with the one I experienced 70 years ago. If Tilton Grade School, the one-room school I attended in western Illinois for first grade, was still standing, the local health department might not have allowed it to open for cla…

Observed annually on Nov. 11 to honor military veterans who have served in the United States armed forces, Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day, signifying the end of World War I, and was established “to remind nations to seek peaceful relations between one another in hopes that …

As we sat in a pub in Galway, we noticed a local at the bar eyeing us. Finally, his curiosity got the best of him, so he approached us, introducing himself rather grandly as “the western Ireland correspondent for the New York Times.”