The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Editorials

January 1, 2013

Our pledge to readers

DANVILLE — A community’s newspaper plays a daily role in the lives of the people it serves. A newspaper’s primary function is to inform, to provide the facts necessary so residents can make informed decisions.

Newspapers also do much more. We entertain. We celebrate successes. We mourn losses. We serve as a forum for community debate. We play the role of watchdog, digging for information behind the scenes, verifying information and pointing out the good, the bad and the ugly.

We will continue to hold elected officials accountable for their actions, and to call for the doors of government to be open to public scrutiny. Secret deals and clandestine negotiations often benefit special interests rather than the public.

Our credibility continues to be — as it has for the past 147 years — our most precious asset. The Commercial-News is owned by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., a company more than a 100 newspapers across the country. Yet the decisions about what stories we will report, what photos we will publish and what opinions are expressed in our editorials are made by the journalists who work every day at 17 W. North St. Those decisions are based on what we think is the best course for our readers, period.

Part of the effort to maintain our credibility involves making sure our stories, photos and other information is as accurate as possible. We’re the first to admit we’re not perfect, and mistakes occur. When they do, we will correct them in a timely fashion.

Our readers continue to play an important role in shaping our content. We welcome story suggestions, their comments, their complaints and their compliments. Our editor can be reached at 477-5183, by e-mail at lsmith@dancomnews.com or by regular mail at P.O. Box 787, Danville IL 61834-0787.

We also strive to provide our readers with the best possible customer service not only in our news coverage, but in advertising and newspaper delivery. We want readers to let us know when we don’t get it right so we can take corrective action. And we appreciate hearing when we get it right, too.

A newspaper remakes itself every day. Every edition gives us the opportunity to improve, to better serve our readers and to build a better business. We can do that only with your help. We look forward toward a better 2013 for us all.

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    July 23, 2014

  • Donate to Salvation Army Believe it or not, one Danville District 118 school will open its doors Monday to begin a new year. Northeast Elementary Magnet School operates on a balanced calendar, and will start classes next week.The remainder of Danville and area schools will b

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  • Downtown remains key Members of Downtown Danville Inc. say goodbye soon to the group’s director, Dana Schaumburg, as she steps away to pursue other professional opportunities. Shaumburg has done a nice job with DDI, and everyone wishes her luck.The opening gives DDI memb

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  • Laura Lee vital to all Laura Lee Fellowship House marks its 100th year of serving the Danville community this year, and its leaders also must deal with a serious threat to the agency.Tough economic times during the past decade or so have rocked many non-profit agencies. No

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  • Demolitions will help all Danville officials recently approved spending more than $200,000 to remove vacant, dilapidated structures. That’s a hefty piece of change, but spending the money now should yield dividends in the future.City officials have fought a battle against dil

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  • Celebrate our birthday Flags will fly today, fireworks will explode and freedom will be celebrated as Americans mark their Independence Day, the Fourth of July. For 238 years, we have marked the day with speeches, parades and all sorts of festivities — just as those who si

    July 4, 2014

  • New trail will help many A long-planned recreational trail between Kickapoo State Park just northwest of Danville and the city of Urbana moved significantly closer to reality this week with the state’s announcement it had purchased the final piece of property for the project

    July 3, 2014

  • Jobs mean more than pay Area teenagers might find it more difficult to land summer jobs these days as they compete with adult workers who lack specific skills needed for higher paying positions.The situation outlined in a story on Page 1A of today’s Commercial-News shows jo

    June 29, 2014

  • Add a fourth resource officer Danville Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason recently proposed adding a fourth school resource officer in District 118 schools. City officials and school board members are considering the addition. It’s one that looks worthwhile.School resource

    June 27, 2014

  • Let the light shine in A recent survey ranks Illinois among the most politically corrupt states in the nation. The Land of Lincoln was the fourth most corrupt state, falling in line behind Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee.With two of the past governors three governors

    June 25, 2014

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