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Genealogist Joe Beine’s Genealogy Roots Blog (at https://tinyurl.com/yyekrtkl) has posted that his Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records Website has been updated. This web site provides links to the following Illinois counties that have been revised: Adams, Bureau, Cook, Knox, Marion, …

The old red-tailed hawk perched peacefully on the clothesline pole, 20 feet from the house, seeming to invite his picture to be taken. After he was photographed, he continued to sit there and survey his surroundings before moving to a low branch on a nearby maple tree. Truly unusual behavior…

Since August the Commercial-News has featured monthly articles detailing the values of the Danville Lions Club, which has embarked upon a membership drive. To support their community efforts Lions hosts an annual CHILI DAY. Mark your calendars for 2021 CHILI DAY – Monday, March 22, 11 a.m. t…

Last Thursday evening Joseph Cantrell, engineer at the Martin elevator in Williamsport, boarded the 5:46 west bound train and rode to Danville, Illinois. He returned Friday morning on the fast train, getting off at Attica between 1 and 2 Friday morning, and started walking back to Williamspo…

This story is about the collision between a child prodigy named Daniel, and the darker power of a family secret. Does Daniel survive? Let’s find out.

As we stumble through the twilight of the Trump era, let us devote a moment to an actual issue.

On Wednesday, Joe Biden took the oath of office and became the 46th president of the United States. A few minutes later, Kamala Harris was sworn in as vice president, the first woman to hold that post.

Today’s article will grab your heartstrings and pull down hard. What’s it about? It’s about a man who is facing his own death. It’s also about the losses he has sustained, which have stripped him of the reasons most people need to make living worthwhile: marriage, children, job, home, proper…

Veterinarians at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine are looking for dogs and cats that have been diagnosed with diabetes to investigate a promising treatment for the disease, one that acts via the microbiome. The treatment is call “fecal microbiota transplantation,” an…

A Smithsonian Magazine article by Nora McCreevy, and available at https://tinyurl.com/y323deo9, reminds us of previous violent attacks that have taken place on the U.S. Capitol. Although our ancestors did not witness such violence intended to overturn a presidential election, our country has…

So, President Donald Trump has been booted off Twitter, as of now forever. Facebook also gave him the heave-ho. Apple and Google, meanwhile, have tossed the riot-friendly Parler app out of their stores.

It's been a difficult year financially for many Americans, and the second round of government stimulus checks during the pandemic will help pay for groceries, transportation, shelter, utilities or other necessities.

Never forget. This is the phrase shouted to the world about the Holocaust for us to never let perversities of Adolf Hitler or his like ever occur again. A related question to you, the reader, is “what will you remember in two years?”

The Federal Government has conducted U.S. Population Censuses every 10 years beginning in 1790. Genealogists have learned to rely on the data provided on these censuses, and additional questions have been asked each time the census was taken. Beginning in the 1800s many individual states als…

In the 1920s Frances Pearson Meeks left Danville and took a trip down memory lane to the state where she was born. She visited the area where her father Gustavus Pearson and her grandfather John Pearson took part in the 1849 California gold rush. Among the post cards from the excursion is on…

Country music artist Thomas Rhett penned the autobiographical Life Changes to illustrate the unexpected curveballs that life throws. One line from the chorus hit especially hard for me during 2020, “You never know what’s gonna (sic) happen. You make your plans and you hear God laughing.”

Happy New Year! You are about to embark on a Thinking Experiment (TE). Your goal is to find an answer to this question: Why is Mark, the father in the following story, so unhappy? To gather information, Mark will be asked five questions.

The dance of democracy continues in 2021 with the once-a-decade ritual of drawing new state legislative and congressional district lines in Illinois and across the nation. In two-thirds of the states, including Illinois, the legislators themselves draw the lines.

As Donald Trump's Republican Party descends into madness, dragged down by the president's lies, threats and possible mental illness, it's become hard to imagine democracy-loving conservatives continuing to live in the same house. They're in a marriage that can't be saved.

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Just two days after hundreds of rioters broke through police barricades and vandalized the halls of Congress, Illinois lawmakers will return to the state’s seat of government for a lame duck session.

I’m no big fan of AOC. Some of her ideas aren’t bad, but Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez burdens the progressive cause by waving the socialist label like it’s some kind of fashion brand.

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