Why would President Donald Trump think of setting Rod Blagojevich free?
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.
When he set out to extract concessions from China and other countries, President Donald Trump assured Americans that "trade wars are good, and easy to win." He regarded previous presidents as easy marks for devious foreign governments, and he thought his tough tactics would force those rival…
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.
At the end of a report from last March, The Washington Post describes a meeting between William McGlashan, a wealthy senior executive of a global private-equity firm, and William Singer, the architect of a college admissions bribery scandal.
The Trump administration’s proposal to cut about 3.1 million people from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as food stamps, literally and figuratively is a punch in the gut to Southern Illinois.
We’d like to take a moment to express our appreciation for the Illinois National Guard troops now headed to Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON — President Trump's decision to put away his racist dog whistle and bring out his racist bullhorn has just one plausible explanation: desperation.
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…
(Last) week a Kane County judge found a Geneva man not guilty of disorderly conduct in a case in which he sent racist, homophobic letters anonymously to people who were part of a Facebook group.
In recent days, Republican and Democratic organizations in Illinois shared tasteless, race-based images on social media. Encouragingly, both sides renounced the posts and vowed to do better. Voters should hold them to their pledges.
"Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how........it is done. These places need your help badly, you can't leave fast enough" — President Donald J. Trump
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…
When the pioneering Illinois Nature Preserves Commission was created in 1963, it helped save slivers of pristine tallgrass, savannas, sandstone bluffs, ravines and other ecological treasures around the state.
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 …
The argument for a higher minimum wage is simple: It puts more money in the pockets of workers at the bottom of the income ladder, which makes life better and easier for them. Who can be against that? No one, really. But here is the central truth of economics: Nothing comes without a cost. T…
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.
Before swooping down on immigrants whose only offense was to enter the United States illegally, federal agents, with their guns and handcuffs, first might want to arrest all those who have committed serious crimes.
These days in American public discourse, it can be hard to decide which -ism you should be fighting. Case in point: The Pritzker administration's decision to cancel an appearance at the Du Quoin State Fair by the Southern rock band Confederate Railroad.
The public's investment began when the state tax on a gallon of gasoline doubled, from 19 to 38 cents a gallon. There are a host of fee increases on vehicle titles and registration, with registration fees for conventional vehicles increased from $101 to $151. The price of a gallon of regular…
There are certain words and phrases Democratic political leaders in Illinois don't utter often enough: $133.5 billion unfunded state pension obligation, worsening crisis, junk bond status, ambitious solutions ...
After being approved by the Illinois Legislature and signed by the governor, next year specialty shops throughout the state will open to legally sell recreational marijuana.
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.
Suburban communities have some decisions to make regarding the coming recreational marijuana market, and, for good or, mostly, ill, they have some prior experience to look to for guidance. That experience: Video gambling. Its message: Prepare to face pressure to conform.
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 …
If the prospect of Illinois wildly expanding gambling doesn't make you nervous, this should: Gov. J.B. Pritzker and lawmakers evidently are considering stacking the state's oversight agency with friendlier gatekeepers.
Americans have fought long and hard to keep a government that is installed by free and fair elections. But democracy can’t work if hostile foreign powers are permitted to put heavy thumbs on the scales.
Terre Haute, Ind., Vigo County and all their neighbors have good reason to be proud of the way members of the community have risen up against white nationalist invaders who spread messages of hate and division.
This Week's Circulars
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.
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