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  • Picture This: Emotional aftermath

    The face that Tonda Ranken has in this photograph is one I know well.It’s the blank stare of grief that happens when so many thoughts are going throu ...
    NEW: April 15, 2014 - 10:14 pm
  • Schrader: Cane provides history mystery

    Our neighbor Sally Stevens presented me with a “history mystery” recently and I jumped at the challenge. It seems a friend of hers, retired Sycamore S ...
    April 15, 2014 - 12:16 am
  • Olson: Apology given, pain remains

    Although we’ve written countless stories about Patricia Schmidt’s trial and acquittal, she didn’t become a real person to me until Friday morning.
    April 12, 2014 - 9:09 am
  • Akst: Flat Stanley is simple, fun

    Classroom learning is crucial. As a teacher, I’m not aware of any really effective substitute or replacement for it.
    April 11, 2014 - 8:50 am
  • Duchnowski: He passed the dog test

    My boyfriend was more nervous about our dogs meeting than meeting my parents. By Rob’s way of thinki ...
    April 9, 2014 - 7:19 am
  • Olson: Justice system not ruled by popular opinion

    Police can arrest you and haul you to jail in handcuffs. They can book you and photograph you, take your fingerprints and your bodily fluids. You can ...
    April 7, 2014 - 12:38 pm
  • Akst: Arts, a good investment

    My brother-in-law’s March 21 announcement was worrisome but not completely a surprise.Bruce had post ...
    April 7, 2014 - 12:54 pm
  • Duchnowski: ‘Cowgirl crook’ and local prosecutor hit TV

    Joseph Pedersen wouldn’t call Rita Crundwell “the cunning cowgirl crook,” as the federal prosecutor isn’t prone to giving defendants snazzy names.
    April 7, 2014 - 12:49 pm
  • Schrader: History Fair entries bring histories to life

    Every year I look forward to the Northern Regional History Fair for middle and high school students. It amazes me how much work goes into the student ...
    April 7, 2014 - 1:07 pm
  • Duchnowski: As pleasant as fraud can be

    A credit card company representative called me on a recent Friday afternoon to ask if I was buying groceries in Georgia.
    April 7, 2014 - 12:50 pm
  • Armstrong: Looking at demographics from the Illinois Office of Tourism

    Travel planning has shifted in recent years, with social media and mobile devices being used more often.
    March 25, 2014 - 10:36 am
  • Picture This: The must-have photo

    I was on my way to take photos of Sycamore High School’s baseball team Friday for a story on the upcoming baseball season that appears today in our ne ...
    April 7, 2014 - 12:45 pm
  • Olson: Get out of bed with tax-dodgers

    My wife, Kate, woke up in the middle of the night this week and decided to wake me up, too.In the fr ...
    April 7, 2014 - 12:42 pm
  • Akst: Toward better inclusion in journalism

    This is the part that makes me uncomfortable.I have been fortunate to teach a variety of journalism ...
    April 7, 2014 - 12:55 pm
  • Picture This: Look before you leap

    Since this is my first official photo column, let me introduce myself – my name is Danielle Guerra and I’m the new photo editor at the Daily Chronicle ...
    April 7, 2014 - 12:46 pm
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