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Before campaign storm, calmly get prepared

With just under eight weeks before a most consequential election, the campaign is unusually quiet locally. Labor Day has traditionally been the semi-official start of the fall campaign. But the […]

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Not a primary voter? No excuses this time

Whatever your usual excuse for not voting in a primary election, it doesn’t apply in 2022. Not familiar with the candidates? You have additional time this year to get to […]

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The power of empathy in our lives

“The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.”  – Meryl Streep “When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and […]

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What are politics of 63rd District?

Will it be a Democrat or a Republican who wins the Illinois House District 63 seat this year? Democrat Jack Franks of Marengo won his first term in the Illinois […]

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City Council candidates give vision of 2030

Lisa Lohmeyer lisawithwoodstock@gmail.com Woodstock should build upon its history Woodstock has a rich and diverse culture. A rural farm community that honors its natural resources. A fascinating manufacturing tradition – […]

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Larry Lough

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