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Annually, December is the month that the Board of Education adopts the tax levy. This is the mechanism by which public schools in Illinois “gather” local property tax revenue. How does the levy work? There are months of preparation prior to the levy being formally voted upon in December of e…

I have to leave our van out at night and this morning it was covered with ice and leaves. The Lovely Mrs. Matthews (TLMM) and I started out at 8:30. I set the defroster on 80. It is as powerful as an industrial hair dryer. I turned left out of Wood Glen onto 150 and headed for Hatcher’s. By …

Thirty years ago, when I moved to the States, Thanksgiving was my first American holiday. And 30 years later, it’s still my favorite American holiday. What I really like about Thanksgiving is that it doesn’t belong to one culture, religion or nationality but belongs to all of us who live in …

As the snow whips parallel to the ground across the prairie this afternoon, I think about the irony of ceasing to publish the local newspaper on Mondays, the first one being Veterans’ Day. Teresa, our instructor in the therapy pool at the YMCA this morning, asked if I was a vet. “No,” I repl…

If most folks in town went to a restaurant but only paid for half of their meals each time, that eatery would go out of business pretty fast.

At 9:06 a.m. on May 25, an armed student entered my son's classroom in Noblesville, Ind., and opened fire. Amazingly, there were no fatalities.However, another student and my son were struck numerous times. Thankfully, both are recovering, but the injured student will have an extended hospital stay.

The holiday shopping season is here. There are more things bought this time of the year than any other time – especially from a retail aspect.