The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL

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Updated Sep 27, 2016 at 1:09 PM

In the midst of a heated presidential campaign, which is the bigger story?1. The Census reported on Sept. 13 that median household income had risen by a stunning 5.2 percent in 2015. The economic gains were seen in all parts of the country, and were stronger for those at the lower end of the income scale than for wealthy families. The poverty rate is shrinking, and so is income inequality. The new numbers show the economic recovery is finally paying off for the middle class.

Updated Sep 20, 2016 at 1:22 PM

Consider this a challenge. If you could read a column like this one, do a few simple calculations and predict who the next president will be, would you do it? Imagine, being able to avoid the many newscasts and all of the newspaper articles that...

Updated Sep 19, 2016 at 1:10 PM

Not long ago, driverless cars were more a joke than a realistic prospect. Now, suddenly, they’re here.

Updated Sep 6, 2016 at 12:12 PM

Do you remember what you were wearing on this day nine years ago?I’ll never forget.

Updated Aug 15, 2016 at 1:16 PM

How can everything turn out so right when everything seemed so wrong? The Rio Olympics had two strikes against it before it even started. The venues were not ready, the bay was tainted with all manner of vile substances, and even the dorm rooms...

Updated Aug 8, 2016 at 1:32 PM

Let’s not talk about the presidential campaign, which is devolving into a mudfight that’s only likely to get worse. Let’s talk about something the candidates would all be talking about, if our politics weren’t so weird: Our kids and their kids.

Updated Aug 1, 2016 at 12:57 PM

The party conventions have come and gone, cementing the state of the presidential race rather than changing it. The Democrats left Philadelphia mostly united, with advantages in money and organization, but limited enthusiasm for their candidate. The...

Updated Aug 1, 2016 at 10:35 AM

The year was 1992.

Updated Jul 29, 2016 at 10:11 AM

The death penalty just became a whole lot more interesting with Hillary Clinton’s choice of running mate. By selecting Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, Hillary Clinton chose one of the few Democratic governors who, like her husband Bill...

Updated Jul 27, 2016 at 4:00 PM

I’m so old, I read George Orwell’s “1984” in 1984.

Updated Jul 26, 2016 at 2:27 PM

Sustained North Korea threats, and nuclear weapon and missile tests, have led the Obama administration and Prime Minister Park Geun-hye’s government of South Korea to agree to deploy the Lockheed Martin THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Air Defense)...

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