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  • Our View: Key election often overlooked

    Election season began last week.Not for the upcoming November election, although you should be payin ...
    Sept. 30, 2014 - 10:20 pm
  • Our view: Thumbs-up to Penguin Project

    Thumbs-up: To this year’s Penguin Project production of Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” and the community support it has received. Now in its fifth year, Pengu ...
    Sept. 26, 2014 - 11:37 pm
  • Akst: We’re in the ‘red zone’

    U.S. colleges and universities are in the “red zone.”It’s not a team ranking system, an academic war ...
    Sept. 25, 2014 - 11:38 pm
  • Our View: Keep sex offenders away from bus stops

    Kudos to vigilant Genoa residents who had the presence of mind to check the Illinois Sex Offender Registry and learn an offender had moved in right ac ...
    Sept. 25, 2014 - 11:36 pm
  • Our View: Little sympathy for Crundwell

    Rita Crundwell, Dixon’s disgraced former city comptroller, apparently believes an injustice is about to be visited upon her personal finances.
    Sept. 24, 2014 - 11:55 pm
  • Our View: Unfunded mandates pile up at schools

    Bad habits are hard to break. Actions by the Illinois General Assembly prove the point.For years, le ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 11:03 pm
  • Our view: Appointed or elected, clerk needs role

    DeKalb’s voters say they want to elect their city clerk. The DeKalb City Council wants that person to be a figurehead, with real control of the clerk’ ...
    Sept. 22, 2014 - 11:32 pm
  • Our view: Thumbs-up to communiversiy

    Thumbs-up: To true “communiversity” at the NIU Anthropology Museum. When the museum was developing an exhibit to celebrate its 50th anniversary, it as ...
    Sept. 20, 2014 - 1:19 am
  • Our View: Key rule – always expect a train

    During the past four decades, public awareness efforts in Illinois have helped to reduce highway-rail crossing deaths significantly. 
    Sept. 19, 2014 - 12:46 am
  • Our View: Numbers behind enrollment decline

    With the way costs for students are increasing each year, we shouldn’t be surprised that enrollment at Northern Illinois University is hitting histori ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 11:33 pm
  • Our View: Don’t abandon inspection plan

    The DeKalb City Council is holding up plans for regular inspections of commercial and industrial buildings in town after property owners complained la ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 10:18 pm
  • Schrader: Remembering Barcus and his ‘Carcuss’

    David Johnson may be an octogenarian, but he has a great memory when it comes to the Korean War era and even before that.
    Sept. 15, 2014 - 11:26 pm
  • Olson: When does a professor cross the line?

    A university should include faculty with a wide range of views, even controversial ones, and they shouldn’t be penalized for expressing them.
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 10:35 pm
  • Our View: Thumbs-up, thumbs-down: Camp Power a positive force

    Thumbs-up: To a drop in crime. From mid-June to mid-August, “part 2” crimes – including battery, criminal damage, trespassing, weapons, sex crimes and ...
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 10:27 pm
  • Our View: Missed chance at football rivalry

    There’s been a lot of fanfare regarding the non conference opponents that Northern Illinois’ football team will be facing in the years to come.
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 11:13 am
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