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Lack of virtue chips away at our democracy

By Lou Ness Liberty. Freedom. Rights. Today, we toss these words around like so much confetti at a New Year’s Eve celebration. Suddenly after the 2020 election, COVID mandates, rising […]

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Happy New Year! Happy New Laws!

By Peter Hancock Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnews illinois.com  SPRINGFIELD – Minimum wage workers in Illinois will see a boost in their hourly pay to $12 an hour starting Jan. 1, […]

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How does consolidation address government waste?

Campaigning to reduce the large number of government units is a campaign to reduce local control of taxing bodies. Does consolidation lower taxes, or does it reduce accountability for local […]

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The Return of the annual Qwistmas Quotes Quiz!

Two years ago, this column gave readers something they could have fun with, especially for that time after the family has shared a Christmas meal together, opened any presents they’ve […]

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A call to restore civility to Congress

Late last month, statehouse Democrats and Gov. J.B. Pritzker enacted a new map defining the boundaries of central Illinois congressional districts for the next 10 years. Three districts cover territory […]

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Larry Lough

Larry Lough

Larry Lough is editor of The Independent and reports local news.

Janet Dovidio

Janet Dovidio

Janet Dovidio has been a freelance correspondent for The Independent for eight years.

Susan W. Murray

Susan W. Murray

Susan W. Murray wrote for The Independent, covering various beats, from 2005 to 2008.

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