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  • Our View: Men, women of Steel build hockey brand

    Chicago Steel president Dan Lehv realizes it takes a few extra seconds to explain how his junior hockey team fits into the professional sports pipelin ...
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 11:19 pm
  • Another View: Add a little sugar information to nutrition labels

    Americans have a sweet tooth, and the obesity and diabetes rates to prove it.Americans have a sweet tooth, and the obesity and diabetes rates to prove ...
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 11:18 pm
  • Good Natured: Missing the neat night sounds of the eastern screech owl

    Last week in this space, we took a look at the life and times of Strix varia, the barred owl. Although still considered a rare species in Kane County, ...
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 11:17 pm
  • In Focus: Lucky numbers

    Twice in the past two weeks I was assigned to visit a local convenience store to photograph Kane County residents purchasing Powerball tickets. 
    Jan. 14, 2016 - 10:47 pm
  • Another View: Paul Ryan says what few pols say

    House Speaker Paul Ryan deservedly is receiving widespread praise for hosting and leading a discussion with six GOP presidential candidates on poverty ...
    Jan. 14, 2016 - 10:20 pm
  • River Town Chronicles: Deep cleaning leads to good lovin’

    Exhausted from the holidays? I sure am. And not because of shopping, tree-trimming or Clark-Griswalding the house with lights. Rather, I’m beat due to ...
    Jan. 14, 2016 - 10:19 pm
  • Our View: A look at Rauner's first year

    When Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was sworn into office one year ago, he said:When Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was sworn into office one year ago, he sai ...
    Jan. 13, 2016 - 9:11 pm
  • Before The Diploma: Up in the air

    Why do I feel like I always write these columns in different types of vehicles? To my left sits my brother; in front of me is a stranger; and to the r ...
    Jan. 13, 2016 - 9:09 pm
  • Special Hickory Knolls events enliven winter months

    Whether it hangs on the wall by your phone or, most likely, is actually on your phone, it’s time to mark your calendars for three hot events designed ...
    Jan. 13, 2016 - 7:25 pm
  • Discover your library: Time to discover the St. Charles Public Library

    Happy new year! We are excited to start 2016 with a new monthly column highlighting the St. Charles Public Library services, staff and programs.
    Jan. 13, 2016 - 7:25 pm
  • The Wine Detectives: Cardinal Rule, Royal Plum Wine and a memorable boat ride

    In our pursuit of small, premium wineries in California, we discovered Cardinal Rule. The owner, Stephen Scharf, is an attorney who has built a new ho ...
    Jan. 14, 2016 - 6:36 am
  • Mystery Diner: Making a meal of it at McAlister's Deli

    Hot soup tends to warm the body on a cold winter’s day.And that was the case during a recent – and m ...
    Jan. 14, 2016 - 6:40 am
  • Another View: How smartphones keep young people off the road

    Over the winter break, my teenage children observed, based on their friends and acquaintances, that young adults are much less eager to get their driv ...
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 11:37 pm
  • Letter to the Editor: A wonderful season

    As we dim the lights and quiet the singing reindeer, we can’t say thank you enough to all those who supported the 2015 Festival of Lights.As we dim th ...
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 11:35 pm
  • Park District Dish: Upgrades prompt name change to local scenic venue

    The facility in Batavia formerly known as The Boat Club is a cozy place located on the site of Laurelwood Park on the eastside of the Fox River. Its s ...
    Jan. 12, 2016 - 10:57 pm