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Did you forget to file your taxes?

Just in case, Tuesday was “D” day for federal and state income taxes. No problem if you didn’t make the deadline. Extensions are available. 

Just figure out how to pay what you owe and figure in the interest due. Sorry, any refund due doesn’t earn interest.

And just in case you forgot, Illinois townships held their annual meetings last week. You did attend? Or, maybe you let your township officials know how you feel about major issues it’s dealing with?

No? Why? Seriously? Your local township is the closest government to you, ready to serve some of your most pressing needs. You better start paying attention. After all you’re footing the bill one way or the other.

Geez, what kind of citizen are you? 

And in Springfield

The Illinois General Assembly was back in session last week and despite a few more breaks between now and adjournment, the Legislature and Governor Rauner are expected to pass a full year budget among other things. Don’t get your hopes up.

Wonder if they’ll act like adults, toss aside the partisan gridlock in an election year, and really surprise their constituents?

Actually it might not be impossible. Both sides of the partisan divide might be a little hesitant to offend their supporters or even opponents before November.

Hang on to your wallet

Gas prices are on the rise again.

The spring and summer driving season is upon us and gas is switched over to a summer blend. There are lots of other factors involved. 

You really didn’t think gas prices would stay around two bucks a gallon?

Some of us remember gas wars in the middle of the last century with a gallon at less than 25 cents. That’ll never happen again.

No matter the price of gas one thing is certain. High prices won’t ever keep traffic at the speed limit on the Interstate highway system. 

And in sports

One hates to be the old curmudgeon, but seriously, Major League Baseball’s season starts way too early. 

While players wanted more days off owners aren’t about to give up revenue by losing games, even if only several hundred show up for rescheduled make-up games in snow showers and subfreezing temperatures.

“For everything there’s a season,” to quote the bible and several hit songs from the 1960s.  

How about starting this one in May?

JIM FRENCH, of Ottawa, is retired after 43 years in radio broadcasting, including 33 in Ottawa. You can reach him through The Times by emailing

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