"When sorrows come," said King Claudius, "they come not single spies but in battalions." As the king found out. So it seems with President Joe Biden, who must be asking himself the question Merle Haggard asked:
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to simmer in Danville and Vermilion County, pressures among the unvaccinated continue to mount as state and federal mandates take shape and more private enterprises require various public health practices — including vaccination — among their workforces.
A ranger at the Grant-Kohrs Ranch in Montana patiently answered questions asked by his young visitor as they sat on the porch of a building at the National Historic Site. The ranger had been a school teacher early in his life. Even when asked a question he had probably answered numerous time…
Good or bad—there’s lots to commemorate this month. On the “down” side, the great Chicago fire on October 8, 1871, destroyed over 17,000 buildings and all because of a spark in a barn. About 300 people died and 90,000 were left homeless. Although the city was rebuilt within two years, there …
There's a drug war on TV. It has nothing to do with cocaine or heroin but does involve an addiction — the pharmaceutical industry's compulsion to charge Americans an average 3.4 times more for brand-name drugs than people in other countries pay. Step 1 in the rehab program is to let Medicare negotiate prescription drug prices.
When two prominent members of the Danville D118 school board abruptly resigned early last month, the community was stunned and confused. As more information about their departures became public, the reaction turned to shock.
Last Friday, in a triumph for transnationalism, 136 nations, including the U.S., agreed to mandate a global corporate income tax for all nations that will not be allowed to fall below 15%.
Monday, four dozen Chinese military aircraft flew into Taiwan’s air defense zone, climaxing a weekend of provocations that saw nearly 150 sorties of China-based fighters and bombers.
If Mark Zuckerberg seems irritable, he has good reason. His Facebook Empire is facing a digital scandal provoked by a former employee turned whistleblower.
True confession time: I procrastinate. I don’t mean to — but I tend to put off what I don’t want to do. I populate my to-do list with little tasks that are easily completed to give myself a feeling of accomplishment, but some projects stay on my list until it is do-or-die time.
The Warren County agricultural fair moved from Independence to in Pine Village in 1856. The fairs continued to be held at Pine Village until 1874. In 1858, an Independence storekeeper thought it would be a good idea to have a refreshment stand at the fair. Dan Waymire of Independence was hir…
Lisa Lisson, creator of “Are You My Cousin” website, has posted a helpful article, “11 Unique Genealogical Resources You May Have Missed in the Archives,” at https://tinyurl.com/35thr482. Although the examples she cited are from the State Archive of North Carolina, her list can serve as an i…
For the few minutes it takes to read this column, set aside pre-conceived ideas about clinical depression. If you can do this, you might end up saving the life of your son, brother, father, or husband. If you are a man reading this article, the life you save may be your own. Consider these m…
The stunning revelations the past two weeks of a legal settlement involving allegations of inappropriate conduct by members of the Danville D118 school board has garnered the community's rapt attention.
Progressive Rep. Pramila Jayapal has been all over TV trying to look reasonable with her ingratiating smile and syrupy references to the left’s interest in “negotiations.” At issue is the Democrats’ final number on its social spending bill.
My dad cautioned me about impulse spending. “Sleep on it”, he’d say. If the shiny new widget held my attention until morning, then buy it. Such insight saved me a lot of money.
This is not about what would happen were the United States to default on its debt. It’s about what occurred in 2011 when one party just threatened to let that happen.
Since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976, Texas has exercised the law with singular gusto. Its 572 executions account for more than one-third of the nation’s total.
The most recent Illinois State Genealogical Society’s (ISGS) Newsletter (Vol. 42, No. 5, Sept/Oct 2021) is now available, free, at https://tinyurl.com/wnmzcarn. Read news of upcoming genealogy events (including the ISGS Virtual Fall Conference October 17-30, 2021, and bios of the speakers), …
When I was a child, a common summertime event was a trip to my mother’s parent’s farm. Getting her four children – three boys, one girl – all under the age of 10 – ready for the 90-minute drive was a daunting feat. How did she do it? It was her commanding voice which froze our little hearts …
The monarch butterflies came to the farmstead for decades on their late summer migration to Mexico. Each year, a few days before the first day of autumn, thousands of them would arrive to rest on the Osage Orange hedge trees and soft maples. Their arrival was as dependable as was the sun ris…
I'm a taxpayer in Danville school District 118 and I feel that there is a lot more to the story in the Commercial-News on Saturday, Sept. 25., in reference to the legal settlement concerning school board members and the superintendent. This story reeks of a lot of information needed by taxpayers.
After a year of anxiety-filled climate news, from a crippling drought out west to a stark IPCC report, it's difficult to convey my excitement when I learned that the Senate reconciliation bill might put a price on carbon — what most economists agree is the most efficient way to decrease U.S. carbon emissions while promoting innovation and job growth in clean energy.
I didn’t know “Hazel Hallenberger, Roll Room 307, Row 8, Desk 11, Locker 311,” but somehow, I have her signed copy of the 1924 Danville High School Students’ Manual.
Congressional Democrats face a pretty simple choice. They can find a way to compromise on a budget reconciliation measure, or they can walk away empty-handed.
Set aside the specter of overflowing intensive care units in Idaho — or that the state's emergency rooms are now choosing which COVID-19 patients to save and which ones to give up on.
Hispanic Heritage Month is being celebrated September 15 through October 15, 2021, and several websites have posted links to Hispanic research websites. For example, the National Archives Library Information Center has a list of research guides for Spanish and Hispanic research at https://ti…
Whenever I go to a high school or college football game, I cringe at the sight of players on the field, standing as if witless (which they aren’t), looking to the sidelines for instructions from the coaches for the play to call and defense to mount.
For months, the federal government and many state and local governments have worked tirelessly to educate the public about the safety, effectiveness and free availability of the COVID-19 vaccines. Still, tens of millions ignore the science and the facts.
In a diplomatic coup, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a deal last week with the U.K. and U.S. to have those Anglo-American allies help build a nuclear-powered submarine fleet for Australia.
Mahalia Jackson, one of the most notable gospel artists of our time, pens the song “If I Can Help Somebody.” The last two lines in the chorus of this song are poignant and read as follows: “If I can help somebody, as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain.”
This Week's Circulars
Carl Herman Burch, 97, passed into his Saviors presence on August 18, 2021, at Northside Hospital, St. Petersburg, Florida, after a brief illnesses. Carl was born July 14th 1924 in Tilton, Illinois to Monroe and Hazel (Bridgewater) Burch, the third of seven children. He graduated from Danvil…
These obituaries were received by 5 p.m. Wednesday:
- Day laid to rest in Spring Hill Cemetery; Rev. Jesse Jackson attends burial, calls for justice
- 'He packed a lot of life in 49 years'
- School spirit revived
- Danville council extends city employee residency requirements
- PREP BOYS TENNIS: Trojans hope to continue miracle ride at state
- Three more COVID deaths reported
- OSF urges finding right care with busy ER
- Heart of Meade Park
- City park bathroom vandalism mirrors TikTok challenge
- Big Ten Football Standings