Back in January, Phil Luciano, perhaps Illinois’ best newspaper columnist, hung up his fedora at the Peoria Journal-Star and left the newspaper business.

Passover, Ramadan and Lent all came to an end during the past few weeks, and I’ve found myself thinking of the oddest thing: a cow.

During and since my time as an active-duty officer in the United States Army, I have devoted much time and energy to protecting military service members from financial predators.

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Please allow me to take part in a little creative indulgence in saying that anyone familiar with the hit TV show “Seinfeld” certainly remembers the Soup Nazi and his famous line, “No soup for you!”

Mary DeVoto, the Mother McAuley High School teacher who was recently fired for using a racist slur as part of a history lesson, should be given a second chance.

In the Chicago area, business leaders see the growth of a service economy driven by an expansion of tech firms and independent practitioners looking to capitalize on the demands of a 21st-century marketplace.

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I’m not sure what I expected our country to look like in 2021, but I certainly didn’t expect it to be so fractured and bogged down in hate.

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Willie Moore was a Black man who endured segregation and saw the school where he taught integrated after a long fight for racial equality.

As Americans fled Kabul and desperate Afghans sought to follow, Jerry and Brett Young stood in the yard of their rural Rochester, Ill., home recently and remembered their boy who never got to see his 26th birthday.

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On a cold December night, Cook County Sheriff’s Office police responded to a frantic 911 call from a family whose son was behaving erratically and threatening to kill himself.

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Over the past few days, I have had an opportunity to chat with several fellow veterans, service members, military family members and Gold Star families.

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Under a well-intentioned, but really dumb, bill that passed both state houses on May 31 and was sent to Gov. J.B. Pritzker on June 29, pet shops can sell dogs and cats only if they are obtained from a pound or rescue group.

As demonstrators in Havana, Cuba, marched through the streets earlier this month waving U.S. flags, former Illinois Gov. George Ryan sat in his Kankakee home, watched the reports on television and remembered another controversy regarding the Stars and Stripes and Cuba.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot landed in a maelstrom of controversy last month when she said she only would allow “journalists of color” to interview her for pieces about her first two years in office.

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