| Dec 19, 2014
| 8:48 PM
Symbols matter, which is why it's important to acknowledge that our truest national emblem isn't an eagle or a dollar sign or even a handgun, though each will have its proponents. No, I see a partially unwrapped Twinkie, draped alluringly in cellophane,...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 12:23 PM
Frankfort's village administrator expects the town will recover nearly all of the $140,000 it has tied up in a short-term investment fund that's been defrauded of $50.4 million.
Village administrator Jerry Ducay also is board chairman of the Illinois...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 9:26 AM
A rabbit in our yard is eating everything, including bark from the trees and shrubs. We have an enclosed yard, and he lives under a deck. How can we keep him from eating our plants? Can we get him out of the yard?
You can deter rabbits from vegetable or...
| Dec 28, 2014
| 5:00 AM
To the editor: Thank you for reminding readers that California voters decisively backed Proposition 2 in 2008 in order to improve the lives of millions of hens. The key word here is "improve." ("California's egg-laying hens to get their breathing room,"...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 5:20 AM
PHILADELPHIA Those seeking the keys to a healthy diet these days face a predicament.
Decades of studies have produced vast stores of data about the foods and nutrients likely to enhance and extend life. But any attempt to retrieve this vital knowledge...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 9:16 AM
Connecticut shellfishermen and seaweed farmers will be eligible for federal assistance to cover losses from severe weather thanks to a change in U.S. Department of Agriculture policy.
The change was made possible in the 2014 Farm Bill.
| Dec 9, 2014
| 7:57 PM
State Cabinet members split with Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday about how much to pay to preserve a section of land known as Camp Lonesome in Osceola County, with the governor saying Florida could have gotten a better deal.
Meanwhile, property that once...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 3:49 PM
To the editor: We are unable to pass comprehensive immigration reform that is fair and humane because immigrants are unfairly maligned as having the worst of intentions. Fearful, we demonstrate in our communities against immigrants in hateful ways. ("U.S....
| Nov 15, 2014
| 5:53 PM
Dozens of local governments — from Downers Grove to Frankfort — face investment losses totaling more than $50 million of taxpayer money in a fraud scheme the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago are unraveling.
The tax dollars...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 2:34 PM
Once again, President Obama has pardoned two turkeys using “executive action” (ha-ha) on Thanksgiving eve, ensuring that neither will be the centerpiece on anyone’s holiday table. The White House asked Twitter followers to vote on...
| Nov 30, 2014
| 7:16 PM
An Oak Brook investment pool, which recently disclosed a $50 million trading loss involving taxpayer money, didn't follow the same safeguards to minimize risk as similar funds in Illinois and around the country, the Tribune has found.