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Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006 05:06 am

ISP veteran forced to restart career after becoming the target of sexual harassment

What I’m about to tell you doesn’t matter. I mean, if it were important, the Illinois State Police would have punished the guy who did it, right? Instead, ISP director Larry Trent allowed ...
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006 02:32 pm

Gathering supplies for school used to be much, much easier

We’re approaching the fifth anniversary of an event that forever changed the fabric of American life, an event that shook us to our core — or might have, if anybody had bothered to notice....
Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006 02:46 pm

Power of prosecutors grows as defense resources wither

Your insurance policy got canceled last month. Didn’t receive your notice in the mail? Me neither. I just happened to stumble across it recently while doing some research. The good news is, you&...
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 01:00 am

My homeboy cowboy loves getting bucked

Tilden Hooper was 14 when he started riding wild horses — or at least started trying to. All his friends competed in rodeos, and Tilden figured he could ride bareback broncs, just as his father,...
Wednesday, June 28, 2006 06:24 am

The hairy tale of a missing raccoon

Normally, I’m not what you’d call an “animal person.” I don’t think twice about eating chicken or beef or wearing leather shoes. I gave our last cat away when the doctor ...
Wednesday, June 14, 2006 02:21 am

Gov. Rod Blagojevich denied every prisoner’s petition in 2005 — except one

By the time Thomas Alan Banning got lucky, it was almost too late. His life, laid unvarnished on a single sheet of paper in big letters and plenty of spaces, reads like a country song with a...
Thursday, June 1, 2006 06:25 am

Parents object to heavy-handed school administrators

Next to “like,” I believe the most overused word in the English language is “ironic.” It’s, like, you turn 12, and you learn, like, this cool word, and you sudd...
Thursday, May 18, 2006 02:32 pm

ISP investigator Rodney Miller set the mark for honesty and tenacity

When I met Rodney Miller, I was shocked to find him wearing blue jeans and a turtleneck. From all I’d heard, I expected him to be dressed in spandex tights and a cape, because people w...
Thursday, May 11, 2006 06:31 am

Updated symbol appears to recycle some old-fashioned prejudices

There’s a new kid in town. He’s a shadowy figure — wears a mask and a backwards baseball cap. As the new icon of the common criminal, he’s slowly taking over the turf...
Thursday, April 27, 2006 02:01 pm

If there’s no racism and no discrimination, why are things so lopsided?

Today’s column is dedicated to my copy editor and my mom. My mom, see, skims everything I write, trolling for clues that might explain why the heck I turned out this wa...

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