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  • Good Natured: Ready for adventure? Join the Kane County Certified Naturalists

    When was the last time you observed the keeled scales on a water snake’s back? Or watched as a dozen hatchling turtles emerged from their subterranean ...
    Nov. 27, 2015 - 10:58 pm
  • Tales from the Motherhood: 'If you look for the helpers, you’ll know that there’s hope'

    The motherhood is sad, this week. Not just in my house, because my 17-year-old was mad at me for a few minutes, but everywhere. Because 17-year-olds w ...
    Nov. 27, 2015 - 10:28 pm
  • Tom's Cookbook Library: New books speak volumes about citrus

    The expressive flavors of citrus can brighten one’s kitchen and cooking. Home cooks are twice blesse ...
    Nov. 28, 2015 - 12:05 am
  • Our View: Shop local this holiday season

    ​As you write your lists and start looking for deals that meet all of your holiday shopping needs, please take the time to look for that perfect gift ...
    Nov. 27, 2015 - 9:59 pm
  • Another View: U.S. shoppers and the holiday season

    Could Americans be losing their holiday spending spirit? More than 20 years of retail sales data suggest it’s a distinct possibility.
    Nov. 27, 2015 - 9:59 pm
  • Editor's Notebook: Birthday upon birthday precedes holiday madness

    I never really realized it until this year. And maybe that’s because things have changed, and my family has gotten bigger since I was married just ove ...
    Nov. 27, 2015 - 9:57 pm
  • Joan Knows: Conjuring a dream parade in St. Charles

    So many of us are looking forward to the Holiday Homecoming Electric Christmas Parade at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in St. Charles.
    Nov. 26, 2015 - 8:57 pm
  • In Focus: Beyond Thankful

    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I get to be around my loved ones, eat a ton of amazing food and there isn’t the pressure of getting every ...
    Nov. 26, 2015 - 8:55 pm
  • Another View: The move to reusable rockets

    Fifty-eight years after Sputnik, a new space race is unfolding. This time, instead of nuclear-armed superpowers, the protagonists are trash-talking bi ...
    Nov. 26, 2015 - 7:39 pm
  • Letter to the Editor: Budget necessary to preserve state's universities

    To the Editor:Members of the Operating Staff Council at Northern Illinois University, representing 1 ...
    Nov. 26, 2015 - 7:39 pm
  • Another View: One way restaurants can help fight child obesity

    Until my older children tired of the ritual, I would take them to the Silver Diner in Rockville, Maryland, every Saturday morning. A few years ago, we ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 9:39 pm
  • The Write Place: More than turkey and parades

    For the second year in a row, my column has fallen on Thanksgiving Day, that day of spirited parades, turkey dinners and time with friends and family. ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 9:22 pm
  • Letter to the Editor: Storm drains are not a disposal system

    To the Editor:How we manage our yards can have a significant impact upon water quality. November is ...
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 10:01 pm
  • Another View: Creating a Library of Congress for the digital age

    For 215 years, the Library of Congress has been collecting and organizing the world’s knowledge for the benefit of Americans. Now its longtime leader ...
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 10:02 pm
  • Another View: Bernie Sanders' 'democratic socialism' misses the point

    “Let me take this opportunity to define for you, simply and straightforwardly, what democratic socialism means to me,” Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, ...
    Nov. 23, 2015 - 10:51 pm