As the Trump presidency fades into the past, we are reminded of the sex scandal at its dawn. The Federal Election Commission has just dropped its probe into former President Donald Trump's alleged hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

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The Champaign County Genealogical Society will host Celestina Savonius-Wroth, the Head Librarian of the University of Illinois’ History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library (HPNL), who will explore the Illinois Newspaper Project’s online digital collection. This valuable resource was created b…

Today’s article starts with this question, “Out of all the possible pairs of family relationships, from father/son, brother/sister, to grandmother/grandson, which relationship has the most power to shape the destiny of a child?” The answer is this: the mother/child relationship. Every cultur…

Facebook’s Oversight Board has both applauded and admonished Facebook for clamping a gag order on former President Trump the day after his supporters laid siege to the national Capitol.

U.S. health regulators pledged last Thursday to try to ban menthol cigarettes, a move that would be a significant victory for Americans’ health.

When told to wear face masks two COVID-plagued winters ago, we thought: "Can't wait until this is over and we no longer have to wear a piece of cloth over our mouth and nose. It's ugly. It interferes with breathing. It muffles voices and makes some conversations hard to follow."

Voltaire, the 18th century French writer-philosopher, preferred an enlightened aristocracy to democracy yet he eloquently embraced one of the latter’s most sacred tenets, the right to free speech.

This is in response to several editorials, including Everytown for Gun Safety and the Commercial-News, after the Indy FedEx shooting. “Indiana’s Red Flag law is broken!! Fix it!”

Due to the cancelation of the autumn 2020 Virtual Genealogy Fair because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Archives is offering a new Genealogy Series during May and June. They include:

The brick was brought to the surface when the ground was tilled. Clearly legible on it were the words, MEXICO Mo EMPIRE. It was a remnant of the railroad tower that once stood where the C&EI and Big Four railroads intersected at Bronson, Illinois. It traveled more than two hundred miles …

Don Richter’s April 17 column about the Brown Bros. Hardware Store in Bismarck – based on a 1938 newspaper ad that marked the 40 anniversary – fostered two miracles.

President Joe Biden announced this month his intention to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021, which is not a moment too soon.

Finland is the world's happiest country — fourth year in a row! So says the World Happiness Report, produced by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The United States ranks 14th, right behind Ireland and ahead of Canada.

Today’s article begins with a screaming match: “You just don’t get it! Our son, Mickey, tried to kill himself using your pills!”

On April 15,1865, a few days after the Confederate surrender, President Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. by John Wilkes Booth. Smithsonian Magazine has posted a collection of articles about Lincoln’s assassination and the many legacies he left behind at https://…

The massacre of eight people last week at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis has stirred debate and concern about red-flag laws and their effectiveness.

Spring break has come and gone for the 2021 spring session of the Illinois General Assembly. As the march toward adjournment heats up, this is a great time for you to get involved.

Introduction: What is your pleasure? Perhaps its natural rewards, such as apple pie, playing golf, a great book, buying new clothes or cruising in a sports car. Or maybe its drug-based rewards, like an ice-cold beer, pot, cocaine, wine, or nicotine.

In the spring of 1938, Brown Bros. in Bismarck celebrated their 40th anniversary. The hardware store, and more, was founded by brothers Ernest and Bert Brown in 1898. A full page ad in The Potomac Leader newspaper announced the landmark birthday.

Kristine Hostetter is a fourth-grade teacher in San Clemente, California. Her husband has been a big promoter of the QAnon conspiracy theory, and she appears to be supporting his lunatic efforts.

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