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    08/01/2014, 11:00 pm Cheers to the Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits which this week filed its first appellate court brief in ...
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    08/01/2014, 11:00 pm The federal government faced a financial crisis in 1862 as the costs of the Civil War were rapidly depleting the ...
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    08/01/2014, 11:00 pm An April edition of the Argus/Dispatch included a piece I had written in response to Scott Reeder's "Charter schools help ...
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    07/31/2014, 11:00 pm When Michelle and Barack Obama did it on stage at an election-night rally in 2008, the media swooned about the ...
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    07/31/2014, 11:00 pm The horrific execution of a death row inmate in Arizona provides all the proof we need that the United States ...
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    07/31/2014, 11:00 pm With metronomic regularity, there is a choreographed minuet of carnage. Israel is attacked. Israel defends itself. Perfunctory affirmations of Israel's ...
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    07/31/2014, 11:00 pm The July 21 View from the QCA was written so well on the subject of Common Core. It is time ...
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    07/31/2014, 11:00 pm The Sunday column on wind power by Dan Lee was balanced and fair, but I would have added two things. ...
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    07/31/2014, 11:00 pm With each day comes a new barrage of fingerpointing and disparaging remarks on each side of any current issue. And ...
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    07/30/2014, 11:00 pm My husband and I subscribed to The Dispatch in November, 2012. What I enjoy most about The Dispatch are Don ...
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    07/30/2014, 11:00 pm The Republican Party's paralysis on immigration is so complete -- and so utterly irresponsible -- that President Obama has no ...
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    07/30/2014, 11:00 pm In a recent lead article, President Obama, our Great Divider, calls some corporations "deserters" for following existing tax rules. Huh? ...
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    07/30/2014, 11:00 pm Rep. Cheri Bustos, what will it take for you to say something critical of the President's handling of anything? ...
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    07/30/2014, 11:00 pm Bruce Rauner's campaign deserves the brickbats thrown its way for a television ad released last week which contains non-existent or ...
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    07/30/2014, 11:00 pm On July 21 on news Channel 4 someone from the Park Board stated that there was absolutely nothing for children ...
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    07/30/2014, 11:00 pm I have long wondered when Illinois' politics went wrong. The most authoritative and earliest of explanations may be found in ...
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      Today is Saturday, Aug. 2, the 214th day of 2014. There are 151 days left in the year.

    1864 -- 150 years ago: Because of the National Fast, no paper will be issued from this office tomorrow.
    1889 -- 125 years ago: Attracting considerable attention is a sunflower stalk 15 feet high and still growing in the yard of Dr. C. Speidel on 23rd Street in Rock Island.
    1914 -- 100 years ago: The municipal bathing beach proposition came up again at the city commission's meeting and a proposition passed, provided that a locker room be constructed at the foot of 7th Street for the accommodation of the bathers.
    1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for erecting a $14,000 warehouse to replace the frame structure at the rear of the Augustana Book Concern were announced.
    1964 -- 50 years ago: Hours for tours of the new Deere & Co. Administrative Center on John Deere Road will be changed, effective Monday.
    1989 -- 25 years ago: Tuesday night at the Great Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its fans more than they possibly could have expected. The band took the stage at 9:07 p.m. and didn't leave until 10:40.









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