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Charles Selle: Our multiplier marches on, and on

There must be a bunch of public officials in Lake County holding their collective breaths for about the next month until property tax bills come out. You’ll know them because you won’t be hearing from them.

Despite fallout from Japan, nukes are neat

Back in the idyllic ’70s and the romantic ’80s, when the ComEd nuclear plant in Zion was making electricity and filling the city’s coffers with tax revenue, we used to get a flier every so many months detailing evacuation routes in case “something” happened.

Charles Selle: Beer not really a light liquid

Even though the skies may be cloudy, when it gets warm, a young man’s fancy turns lightly to beer. And not just any beer. Good, wholesome Illinois beer and all it entails, from the brewers, beer importers and distributors, to the restaurants, retailers and liquor stores.

Charles Selle: A lousy nightmare ends — maybe

Having lice isn’t nice. It’s just plain lousy. While we’re worried about high gas prices, Wisconsin lawmakers taking up residency in Illinois and Libya no-fly zones, mothers across Lake County are more worried about the smaller things in life: Cooties.

Charles Selle: We’re off the snickers list

On behalf of my fellow long-suffering Illinoisans, I want to thank Wisconsin and Mississippi for taking the national laugh-o-meter spotlight off the Land of Lincoln.

Charles Selle: A winter’s cold, cruel joke

This joke of a winter can end any time. We’ve seen the punch line and we’re still digging out from under it. And for more laughs, now comes a few days of brisk, arctic cold, complete with below-zero windchills. It is a cruel joke, this winter of 2011.

Charles Selle: Time to hit the trail for Reagan

Illinois Republicans are set to hold a big wing-ding this week, They are not celbrating the attempt to dismantle the health-care reform bill in the U.S. House. Party leaders from across the nation are heading to the Land of Lincoln to honor another Illinois president, Ronald Wilson Reagan.