Getting a Grip: Where the mental health system fails

I recently got a call from a distraught father, whose schizophrenic son was about to be homeless. The young man had been living with his mot ...

True sobriety needed to stop cycle

“Jason” has been a drug user from the time he was a sophomore in high school. He managed to get decent grades and stay out of trouble, but b ...

Planit 10: Things to do Feb. 26 to March 5

Looking for something to do? We have 10 suggestions.

THE DEVIL’S TOOL Slot machines have long history in McHenry County, taking off during Prohibition despite opposition

Claw crane arcade games, typically encased behind glass or plastic amid a herd of small stuffed animals and toys, have more to do with the p ...

Kerth: The enduring drama of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich

I must have been 5 or 6 years old when, fed up with my intolerable condition of having to do chores instead of being coddled and doted-upon ...

CL South among the first to premiere high school 'Poppins' production

Ben Stoner knew two things about this year’s spring musical at Crystal Lake South High School. It was going to be “Mary Poppins.” And she wa ...

Algonquin 15-year-old releases solo album

Althea Grace has performed on countless stages, written more than 50 songs and most recently, released her first album.

Smith, Robbie pour on the charm in ‘Focus’

If the mark of a good con artist is that he or she makes you think you know exactly what’s going on – when of course you haven’t a clue – th ...

Have it your way with a mix and match take on mac and cheese

Do you love macaroni and cheese? Stupid question, right? OK, so let’s try this one: How could you love macaroni and cheese even more?

Turnips not off the table

I talk to my kids every day about eating a rainbow of produce to get all the nutrients they need. But you know what color is left out of the ...

Want a dinner with easy flavor? Grab a pint of heavy cream

Sure, we’re all trying to lose those pesky 10 or 15 or whatever pounds, but that’s no reason to not keep a pint of heavy cream in the refrig ...


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