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Following months of a caustic campaign set against the bleak backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, Americans regarded Election Day with anxiety. But we also had hope, hope that the election, once it was over, would bring clarity of direction and the promise of national unity.

Vermilion County experienced few, if any problems, during the Nov. 3 election. The total number of local voters was fairly strong, but more than a few residents didn’t bother to cast a ballot despite efforts to make it easier than ever to do so.

Following the announcement Saturday that Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States, President Donald Trump ought to concede and leave office with more dignity than he has shown as commander-in-chief.

As part of Illinois Region 6, Vermilion County residents join the rest of the state in the latest round of restrictions designed to slow the rate of COVID-19 infections, according to the Vermilion County Health Department, the county had 178 active cases as of Oct. 30, with 6,200 cases recorded since the pandemic started.

If election officials seem to be taking a long time in counting votes in the presidential election, we should take comfort in the fact that they’re making sure they do the job right.

In just a few days, Americans will practice the art of democracy by casting their ballots — in fact, millions already have done so this year under early voting rules. But many of us will wait to be part of Tuesday’s traditions on election day.

Vermilion County officials, along with their counterparts in Danville and other communities, face the difficult task of crafting a budget for next year with no clear idea of what the COVID-19 pandemic might mean in terms of revenue or expenses.

Vermilion County’s continued increase in COVID-19 infections can’t be stopped with a magic pill. An effective, safe vaccine against the deadly virus, which has killed about 9,000 people in Illinois, still is weeks, if not months, away.

A safe and modern transportation system is important to the people of Danville and Vermilion County, so it's always good news when a vital travel artery through the area such as Interstate 74 gets a major upgrade to its infrastructure.

We’re helpless against violence, whether locally or in Wisconsin or somewhere else in the nation. Worse, no one has a promising plan or idea to stop us from showing our worst to one another.

Some unwelcome news emerged Monday afternoon as Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced new mitigation efforts will be placed on Kankakee and Will counties to counter the spread of the coronavirus.

High school sports can be divided into two categories. There are the generally more popular spectator sports, as well as participant sports that draw less public attention.

Consider this our petition to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board: Do not grant parole to the two monsters who fatally shot Illinois State Police Trooper Layton Davis on March 18, 1976, during a traffic stop on Interstate 57 near Effingham.

The state of Illinois may never again see, and probably never before saw, the blend of pragmatism, vision and political skill that combined to make James R. “Big Jim” Thompson the state’s longest-serving governor.

Suffragettes overcame decades of obstructionism and violence to secure the right to vote for women a century ago, on Aug. 18, 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.

The concept of safety in and around our schools generally turns our focus to protecting students from intruders, violent acts inside the school by students, and, now, the new threat of coronavirus infections spreading among students and staff.

Only a few months from a presidential election, at a time when the nation is on edge, a prudent attorney general would take care to stay above the fray, reassuring all Americans that he or she would bring rigorous impartiality to the conduct of the election and the fair counting of votes. Instead, we have William P. Barr.

As we begin the sixth month of this strange journey through a coronavirus pandemic, we see clearly that the disease is affecting more than just those unlucky enough to actually contract it.

The strange year 2020 has forced dramatic change on nearly every aspect of life and our human traditions. That includes the Indianapolis 500.

If you’re one of those people who hates it when a stranger shows up uninvited at your home, the coronavirus pandemic has had one upside: keeping you away from door-to-door salespeople, petition-gatherers and religious proselytizers. The chance of getting COVID-19 discourages such outreach, p…

It was 75 years ago last April, as the end of World War II was drawing near, that famed war correspondent Ernie Pyle died on the tiny island of Ie Shima in the Pacific Ocean.

Kokomo, Indiana, Police Chief Doug Stout remembers a meeting in October 2019 with the Kokomo TenPoint Coalition, a group working to reduce youth gun violence in the city.

President Donald Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos are like football coaches on the sideline screaming at concussed players to sprint back onto the field or else they'll lose their spot on the team.

Scandal has once again surfaced in Springfield, and while defenders of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan continue to insist he has not been indicted nor convicted, the fact his reputation is further soiled is hard to dispute.

Federal prosecutors have not yet indicated whether they will indict the Illinois House speaker they dub “Public Official A” in documents filed with an explosive ComEd plea deal on Friday, but as far as the quality of Illinois government is concerned, they don’t have to.

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