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Wednesday, April 8, 2009 10:03 pm

Tax service trashes names and Social Security numbers

Untitled Document Normally, if somebody offered to bring me a sack of trash, I’d find a polite way to say no thanks. But when Glenn Sisco called me, his trash sounded intriguing. ...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 04:47 pm

Quinn appoints 29-year-old to direct Illinois State Police

Ask Jonathon Monken how he got the job as director of Illinois State Police — at the tender age of 29, with no law enforcement experience — and he’ll start with a story ab...
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 09:27 pm

Taxpayers seeking quick cash may end up trading their big check for a high-interest loan

Last week, my younger son lost two teeth in the same day. We all know what that means: he was in for windfall from the Tooth Fairy. At a dollar per tooth, he was due two bucks minimum. He...
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 05:38 pm

Finally, a growth industry in Illinois

Hooray, it’s T-shirt weather! Oh sure, the thermometer does not entirely agree, but trust me, we’ve never had more reasons to shuck the wooly turtlenecks and show off our tees....
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009 04:59 am

Reporting a scandal is complicated by the fact that he cares

Years ago, when I was new in town and causing trouble, Rich Miller phoned me, out of the blue, and invited me to lunch. As I recall, he gave me something like 15 minutes notice to show up...
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 06:50 pm

How a “heathen with a heart” arranged a miracle

This time of year, when you can offend one person by saying “Merry Christmas” and tick off the next with “Happy Holidays,” it’s nice to know you can still coun...
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008 01:36 am

When will Illinois stop making excuses for bad behavior?

I should’ve known there was something sick about this state. After all, this is Illinois; it isn’t Wellinois. Ever since I moved here, two phrases have grated on my ears like ...
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008 11:44 pm

In all kinds of families, connections run deep

My baby Evan has always had a million dollar smile. I’m not saying that because I’m his mom; everybody with normal eyesight notices. It’s not just his perfectly aligned milk-white te...
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 01:37 pm

“I’ve never seen so many people happy to be squished together.”

As I write this, I have been up all night. My feet are throbbing, my legs feel like they're made of old recycled tire rubber and my back has seized up so stiff that it hurts to str...
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008 05:13 am

How we teach kids to stop being so creative

Here's one of the most embarrassing moments of my life: My parents were visiting, and after dinner, we lingered around the table to chat. My son Milo, then 3, entertained himself with a foot...


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