From time to time, county and municipal governments face the need to perform economic development planning. Generally, this means outlining priorities for investment in public infrastructure or public services. In some communities, this might be pretty complex, involving some deep thinking about urban expansion over the coming decades. Elsewhere, the planning may be modest, involving expansions of parks or improving a road access.

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Local voters have leaned toward the winning presidential candidate in 31 of the last 33 elections, according to Dave Leip, overseer of the "Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections" website — a treasure trove of historical statistics for political junkies. The 1908 and 1952 outcomes are the exceptions. The Donald Trump era and 2020 — the year like no other — could end Vigo's bellwether run.

The debates of 1858 caught the nation's interest largely because of their theme. They hinged on a single sentence in the Declaration of Independence: ""We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Putting a vice president into the Oval Office is like putting a new Supreme Court justice on the bench. You might think you know what you’re getting, but people who are given such power have an alarming tendency to do whatever they want to.

Some years ago, I went to see my late mother at her house on the south side of Chicago. When I went in, although I knew she was glad to see me, I could tell something was wrong. I gave her a hug and then asked “What’s the matter, Mom?

Often, parents are faced with tough questions when it comes to helping their child with homework: When does it change from help to hurt? How do I walk that fine line between giving instruction and actually doing the work? How can I not help when I know what is at stake? How can I possibly let my child fail? How can I ignore those tears of frustration?

The COVID pandemic continues to affect commerce and government in what is clearly the worst year for the economy since the Great Depression. We don’t yet know how deep this will be, but there is growing evidence of an increasingly delayed recovery.

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