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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.

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.

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…

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.

In a day of testifying on Capitol Hill, former special counsel Robert Mueller spent much of his time declining to address matters raised by House members. But he was strikingly forthright on one issue. "Over the course of my career, I've seen a number of challenges to our democracy," he said…

Illinois drivers who ignore the state's new, and much stricter, cellphone law could be making an expensive mistake and a dangerous one.

To be in prison is to lose most of the basic prerogatives of a free adult — choosing where to go, what to eat, when to go to bed, whom to associate with. It also means a huge loss of privacy. In 2011, women held at Illinois' downstate Lincoln Correctional Center found out just how extensive …

In October 1950, as U.S. forces were reeling from hordes of Chinese troops who had intervened massively in the Korean War, a 5,000-man Turkish brigade arrived to halt an onslaught by six Chinese divisions. Said supreme commander Gen. Douglas MacArthur: "The Turks are the hero of heroes. Ther…

America and the world celebrated the 50th anniversary Saturday of the Apollo 11 mission where man first walked on the moon. That mission, and the U.S. space program, served as an inspiration for a generation who aspired to become scientists, engineers and astronauts.

Fifty years ago today, Americans and the rest of the world watched the fuzzy black-and-white images of a man in a bulky space suit take the last step off a ladder onto the surface of the moon. And we all cheered.

Several news and political websites maintain running lists of President Donald Trump's most offensive tweets, from his skepticism of former President Barack Obama's birthplace to his attacks on the late U.S. Sen. John McCain to his sophomoric nicknames for fellow elected officials and world …

Danville residents — especially the city's young people — lost a long-time friend and tireless advocate with the passing of Nathan "BoBo" Smalls recently at the age of 72.

The Danville area and many of its organizations lost a good friend this past week with the death of Julius Hegeler II. However, his generosity will live on for generations.

Like thousands of families shattered by drug overdoses, Becky and Mike Savage needed time and space — a breathless, agonizing canyon of pain — to begin to come to terms with the deaths of their two teenage sons. The Savages of Granger, Ind., a town near South Bend, lost two of their four son…

For the past decade, Illinois voters have had to live under legislative maps meant not to maximize the health of democracy but to serve the interests of House Speaker Mike Madigan. The lines were drawn with the clear purpose of helping Democrats and hindering Republicans, and they have done …

For the past two Sundays, the Commercial-News has published a list on the front of its Community section with the names of local students who excel with their studies in college and who were named to their school's dean's list. They and their families should be proud of their accomplishments.

For a long time, the threat of climate change caused by carbon dioxide emissions was distant and abstract. But the evidence suggests it's now an immediate reality. Globally, the last five years have been the hottest five on record.

Now that the Illinois General Assembly finally approved a bill to expand gambling that includes a casino license for Danville, local officials can begin to work on an addition many have wanted for more than a decade. But the economic landscape is markedly different than it was when the idea …

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Obituaries

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…

Lafayette and formerly of Newtown, passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at her residence in Lafayette. Memorial Gathering: Wednesday, Aug. 21st from 12:00 p.m. until memorial service at 2:00 p.m. in Maus Funeral Home, Attica.