Americans celebrate Father's Day today with sweet cards, some wild ties and lots of hugs. Father's Day gives us a chance to reflect on the men who helped us grow into adulthood, whether biologically connected or not, and thank them.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law a $40 billion state budget this week that includes a hefty increase for the Department of Children and Family Services — resources that should be directed toward child welfare protection, not lost in a bureaucratic abyss.
It took a little good ol' fashioned Illinois political sleight of hand to put a question regarding a graduated income tax before you. But when you vote on the matter a year and a half from now, political tricks aren't going to be the deciding factor.
Reports of gun violence and other crime rocked Danville residents recently, feeding the stereotype many non-residents — and quite a few who call the city home, too — hold that the community is a dangerous place.
When the Trump administration signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement to replace NAFTA, Illinois farmers cheered. The Illinois Farm Bureau said it was "extremely pleased" with this "important and timely step in the right direction." In a phone session with U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-M…
As the light of dawn brightened the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944 — 75 years ago today — the German soldiers who manned the defenses of Hitler's "Atlantic Wall" looked out to see greatness headed their way — the biggest armada ever assembled to launch the largest amphibious attack ever…
The internet is a wonderful thing. Anyone can see the wonder of universe around us, the beauty of nature and the skill of artists. They can become lost in the places music can take us, or listen to magnificent speeches from important people. The internet unlocks the great ideas of mankind.
We were pleased to see last week that Illinois lawmakers had sent Gov. J.B. Pritzker a pair of good government bills that merit his signature.
If you asked any Illinoisan whether he or she supports a capital bill to address infrastructure improvements, the answer will likely be yes.
"Infrastructure" is a boring bureaucratic word that undersells a serious problem facing Gov. J.B. Pritzker: Illinois needs to repair its crumbling roads and bridges. Is that a slightly sexier sell? Pritzker and lawmakers are hashing out plans for a six-year capital construction spending spre…
Memorial Day gives Americans the official opportunity to remember and honor the thousands upon thousands of men and women who gave their lives in defense of freedom. Ceremonies will mark the day Monday at Danville's National Cemetery — and at cemeteries large and small across the country and…
The Washington Post headline was enough to turn any journalist's head: "A reporter declined to reveal his source. Then police showed up at his front door with guns."
The late English journalist Auberon Waugh, a sardonic conservative, once wrote, "It is the kindest thing one can possibly say of a politician that he changed nothing." We wouldn't endorse that sentiment on all matters. But it certainly applies to the General Assembly's current deliberations …
State revenue projections tend to be a dash of voodoo wrapped in smoke and mirrors, but this was extreme even for Illinois: Last week, it was announced the state in April got $1.5 billion more in personal income tax collections than anticipated.
Members of the Illinois House of Representatives can join fellow legislators in the Illinois Senate in protecting some of the state's most valuable resources — including the Middle Fork River in Vermilion County — by passing Senate Bill 9, which regulates coal ash dumps.
Examine the property tax bill of just about any Illinois taxpayer, and you'll see most of the money goes to the schools. But a close second place? Police and firefighter pensions.
Mother's Day marks its official 105th birthday today, a day to celebrate the women in our lives who raised us, worried about us and set us on the path to adulthood. Whether we shared biological ties with them or not, their efforts helped us learn to navigate the world on our own.
Democrats who want Illinois to move to a graduated income tax in 2020 will do well to remember that the campaign to persuade voters will turn not on a complex series of tax brackets but on one simple concept: trust.
After giving the matter seven minutes (not hours) of thoughtful deliberation, Illinois Senate Democrats voted Wednesday to put on the November 2020 ballot a constitutional amendment to impose a system of graduated income tax rates on taxpayers. No Senate Republican voted yea.
Three gun-related murders rocked Danville recently, sparking another outcry about the violence and expressions of fear about residents' safety. Few, if any, offered practical solutions.
Regular readers of this opinion page won't be surprised that we're monitoring legislation bouncing through the General Assembly to give McHenry County voters the chance to dissolve the township form of government there.
It is easy to become engaged about a political issue, and use passionate language to defend a position. But the language used on every side of an issue, and by every political party, should be used with the aim to create smart solutions that benefit as many people as possible.
The possibility is sickening to contemplate: 5-year-old AJ Freund didn't have to die. His death, allegedly at the hands of his parents, could have been prevented by a well-run child welfare system.
Any energy legislation that is passed by the Illinois Legislature this spring must do one thing above all: keep the lid on the price of electricity for average people.
Don't look now, but any hope for a casino in Danville slipped across the state line and about 55 miles southeast of here last week. Now it will be voters in Vigo County — which includes Terre Haute, Ind. — who decide whether their community will enjoy benefits from a casino.
Somewhere in Springfield — whether stashed in a desk drawer or tossed in the trash, we don't know — is an unreleased investigative report by a state government watchdog alleging that a member of the General Assembly engaged in wrongdoing of some kind.
House considered it last week is mystifying. The measure seeks to double ticket fines for motorists who don’t stop for school buses.
If you’re curious about whether your TV, a set of speakers or some other electronic device in your home might be quietly recording everything you say, you might assume the answer can be found in that long and tedious “terms of service” agreement that came with the device.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently signed into law a change in Illinois that limits the sale of tobacco product to peoples ages 21 and older. The previous limit had been 18 years old.
Most of us agree that teachers are critical to the well-being and growth of our communities and the nation's future, yet there aren't enough teachers for the number of jobs available.
The columbine is a perennial flower often seen growing wild in the Rocky Mountains. But since April 20, 1999, the word has been a universally recognized reference to what was then the worst mass shooting at a school in American history. Thirteen people were shot to death and 21 were wounded …
When you look at the issue logically, the arguments against Illinois raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21 go up in smoke. The bill signed last week by Gov. J.B. Pritzker goes into effect July 1.
By now, the problems are well-documented: More Illinois roads and bridges are falling into disrepair, and the state's financial straits have left less money on the table to address the growing list of infrastructure deficiencies.
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of Lynchburg, Virginia Passed away on June 1, 2019, Mrs. Myrna Pichon Nein Passed away at her home surrounded by those that loved her. Family and friends may call 434.401.1488 for additional information.
formerly of Potomac, died June 13, 2019. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. June 17, 2019, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac. Visitation 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial in Potomac Cemetery. www.BlurtonFuneralHomes.com.
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