A friend who is an old newspaperman contacted me the other day and wanted to know what I thought of the local newspaper no longer endorsing political candidates.

Two books have helped me grapple with the federal government’s response to the pandemic with which we continue to live.

It is effortless to name the critical concerns of our time.

There’s no way of sugar-coating this: 2020 has been nothing less than catastrophic.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker hired a lot of expert talent to guide his $5-million “It Only Works if You Wear It” campaign to encourage Illinoisans to wear a facemask.

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One of the most indelible memories in an adult’s life is the first week away from home.

If it can happen to Art Turner, it can happen to just about anyone.

In my years covering Illinois politics, I’ve known two men called “Public Official A.”

On July 30, three Chicago Police Department (CPD) officers were shot and wounded when a carjacking suspect opened fire in the 25th District police station’s loading bay. On July 28, for the second time in 2020, a member of the CPD died by suicide. During a recent weekend, 59 people were shot…

Six years ago, the city of Chicago passed a law restricting pet stores to only source dogs from shelters and rescues. At the time, supporters claimed this was a guaranteed way to shut down bad breeders and save shelter dogs.

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Thinking back recently about Father’s Day, I found myself contemplating the veterinarians in my life.

As I’ve been watching racial tensions escalate, my mind has wandered into the realm of poetry.

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Democracies have little tolerance for sore losers.

For the first time in my life, I recently put a “political” sign in my front yard.

While the world stays apart, everything about the Christmas Without Cancer message says “Come Together.”

With BAPA’s unique history around racial integration and diversity, and as a community of first responders and helpers, we feel it’s important for you to hear from us about recent events.

An open letter from 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea and Alexa James, LCSW, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)-Chicago.

As a proud Morgan Park homeowner, I am passionate about investing in my local community.

The global headlines regarding victims of domestic violence and the particular dangers they face while “sheltering in place” during the COVID-19 pandemic have been hard to read.

As we endure the coronavirus lockdown, it’s important to remember those who are most vulnerable to becoming infected: the elderly, cancer patients, those with HIV and those who have undergone an organ transplant.

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April 22 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day as we find ourselves amidst a global health emergency that demands we respond in a global, unified way.

The concept of Sunday Mass lately has been driving me crazy.

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Editor's note: John Prine passed away from complications related to COVID-19 on Tuesday, April 7.

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Today, mostly due to the Covid-19 pandemic, your community food pantry is now faced with increased emergency-food demand by our community’s vulnerable-household families, which total more than 1,500.

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan issued a public proclamation that called on all Americans to provide individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities with “the encouragement and opportunities they need to lead productive lives and achieve their full potential.”

A fellow sat down next to me recently on a flight from San Antonio, Texas, to Chicago, and he let out a sigh.

Last week, I stopped by a friend’s house, ate some pizza and talked about old times, and he showed me the latest acquisitions to his gun collection.

Politics has never been a place for the thin-skinned, but today candidates are more likely to face personal attacks than at any time in recent history.

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It doesn’t seem like a decade has passed since my then 4-year-old daughter, Grace, announced that her luck had run out—and something needed to be done.

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Is it time for sainthood or a public reckoning?

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What has become too common in Illinois, like so much of the country, is that community hospitals continue to close or significantly reduce their services.

I stood on the playing field outside Churchill Junior High in Galesburg, Ill., just staring at my feet and waiting; it was the most painful time of the day—P.E. class—when kids chose who was going to play on their teams.

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Beginning New Year’s Day, it became a lot more expensive for Illinoisans to trade in a car, and this has auto dealers, particularly in state border areas, bracing for lost business.

I’ve been a journalist for more than 30 years and have found myself writing about St. Nicholas, the jolly old elf, several times.

“Don’t do it; it will go on your permanent record.”

How do we connect the dots among three West Side sisters, Wall Street, our community and Christmas Without Cancer?

I’ve sat across from many victims of violent crime and had them share what they have suffered. The more intimate the violation, the less likely they are to want to be identified.

My first memories of Coach Bob Hallberg are from the 1982-83 season when he was leading Chicago State University (CSU) to new heights.

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Black Friday might be the longest day of the year now.

Just call it a state-supported scam.

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I am a retired police officer, and I read the Guest Viewpoint (Oct. 30) written by Brett Rowland, the Illinois editor for The Center Square.

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Illinoisans are fed up with high property taxes and want lawmakers to address the state’s financial problems, including its unaffordable pension systems. 

I was in fourth grade and sitting with legs crossed on the floor, staring at the Magnavox and watching the news.

At first glance, $60 seemed a bit steep to hang out in the St. Cajetan parking lot with old classmates for the all-class reunion on Sept. 28, but then I got to thinking.

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