Credit former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich with doing what appeared to be impossible — he united Illinois Republicans and Democrats 10 years ago. When Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison on a variety of corruption charges, Republicans and Democrats alike believed justice…

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Democracy’s premise is that ordinary citizens can make solid decisions on complex issues. But this basic principle and the structure of laws and practices erected over the centuries to safeguard it are being questioned as rarely before.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — It is difficult to discourage and impossible to manage Justin Amash because he, unusual among politicians, does not want much and wants nothing inordinately. He would like to win a sixth term as congressman from this culturally distinctive slice of the Midwest.

Almost everyone loves puppies and kittens, Sweet, playful and cuddly, they can soften even the hardest heart. But far too many people don't think about all of the responsibilities of being a pet owner before bringing Spot or Tiger home with them.

I have never been a big fan of Bernie Sanders. His authoritarian tendencies and aggressive attacks on any who would disagree have outweighed the good in him.

CHICAGO — Given its surplus of violence and scarcity of resources, Chicago surely has bigger things to worry about than the menace, as the city sees it, of Laura Pekarik's cupcakes. Herewith redundant evidence of regulatory government's unsleeping solicitousness for the strong.

The 24-hour hotline at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is at the front line in the agency's fight against child abuse and neglect. An incoming call about a potential abuse or neglect case can set in course a child's rescue — or keep a child imperiled if not timely pursued.

WASHINGTON — One of the everlasting social forces in directing human behavior — shame — has become part of the 2020 presidential race.

Those who believed America's racial divide would begin to close with the civil rights acts of the 1960s and the election of a black president in this century appear to have been overly optimistic.

After the tragic attacks in El Paso and Dayton, the country should be having two debates: one about gun control, the other about speech control. It's not enough to know how assailants use firearms. We have to know why they are used.

WASHINGTON — It is not just his stoking of white supremacist sentiment that makes Donald Trump such a dangerously unfit president. It's also the corruption, the weakness, the ignorance, the incompetence and the stunning lack of empathy — all of which we saw last week on grotesque display.

WASHINGTON — Regimes, however intellectually disreputable, rarely are unable to attract intellectuals eager to rationalize the regimes' behavior. America's current administration has "national conservatives." They advocate unprecedented expansion of government in order to purge America of ex…

Beginning Monday, many more vehicles carrying precious cargo will share the streets and roads with the rest of us — school buses filled with students. With the beginning of a new school year for many area students comes the potential danger of distracted drivers.

I recently received solicitations for money from International Fellowship of Christians and Jews both by phone and mail. Their cause was supported by Pat Boone and showed pictures of elderly women sorting through refuse with claims that Jewish widows were going hungry.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — As the entire nation reeled from the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, South Carolinians were met with news that a local teen had made violent, racist videos and threatened to shoot up his high school.

Seeking a ratings extravaganza, the same cable news networks that televised Donald Trump's airport arrivals during the 2016 campaign as if he were the pope or the Rolling Stones are currently presenting another kind of "reality TV": the 2020 Democratic presidential debates.

"It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men." — Eric Hoffer

The headlines seem to come in rapid-fire succession, one eclipsing the other, filling us with horror and heartbreak: Twenty innocent people killed and more than two dozen wounded at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, where families were doing their back-to-school shopping on what surely began as a…

WASHINGTON — The more we learn, the more Jeffrey Epstein resembles an evil comic book character for the developmentally arrested intellectual — the charming-but-lurid mastermind with a plot to take over the world by impregnating scores of women on a remote desert estate.

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican Party may not have pulled the triggers, but they still bear some responsibility for the weekend's atrocities. The only way to keep military-style weapons of war out of the clutches of would-be mass killers is to take away…

In his opening statement at Wednesday's Democratic debate in Detroit, Joe Biden addressed Donald Trump while pointing proudly to the racial and ethnic diversity of the nine Democrats standing beside him.

I’ve been struck recently by news coverage of climate change and humans’ degradation of the planet. Two opposing themes keep appearing. One is the sense that, as individuals, there’s little we can do; the forces are too large. The other – and I think many Americans would agree with this ­– i…

WASHINGTON — After the second two-night Democratic candidates' "debate," Joe Biden remains a vulnerable front-runner. And it's definitely time to start winnowing the field.

Winnow: verb. To expose (grain or other substances) to the wind or to a current of air so that the lighter particles (as chaff or other refuse matter) are separated or blown away. — Oxford English Dictionary

Danville's fire station, ambulance crews and neighborhood associations hope to see you soon — but not in an emergency situation. The groups joined forces to promote and support National Night Out on Tuesday.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The idea of a race war has long animated white supremacists, who seem to think that such a conflict would result in a white victory, whatever that would mean.

Do you worry that the clothes you buy pose an environmental hazard? The idea never crossed my mind until serious news sources started talking about it. The central claim was that the fashion industry is the world's second biggest source of pollution, the first being oil.

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

Robert "Bob" Weist, 84, of Danville, passed away at 9:55 p.m. Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Hawthorne Inn in Danville. Mr. Weist was born August 18, 1934, in Princeton, Ind., the son of Clayton and Mary Weist. He married Nancy Ann Taylor on July 11, 1959, in Racine, Wis. He is survived by hi…

Gwendolyn G. Brown, 79, of Hoopeston, passed away at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, 2019, at Accolade Healthcare in Paxton. Gwendolyn was born Nov. 11, 1939, in Lincoln, the daughter of Ralph and Beulah (Tyler) Glover. She married Roy Brown on June 16, 1957, in Danville. He preceded her in death…

of Jacksonville, died Friday, August 16th, 2019 in Jacksonville. She was married to the late William Gross, formerly of Danville. Service details online at www.buchanancody.com . The Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville is serving the family.

Norma Jean Castagna, nee Wallace, 87, of Crown Point, Ind., formerly of Merrillville, Ind., and Ridge Farm, Ill., passed away August 14, 2019. She was a member and former treasurer of Grace Reformed Church in Gary, and of the Northwest Indiana Retirees Club. Norma was a retired rate clerk fr…