Anyone who's shocked at the racial targeting of a group of people celebrating at a Naperville restaurant hasn't been paying attention lately.
We don’t know how or when this horrific saga of gun violence gripping Southern Illinois will end. Unfortunately, we feel certain that more heart-rending chapters of loss will be written before we reach a resolution.
Most Americans know Monday is Veterans Day, a day to honor those who serve in America’s armed forces or wore a uniform in service to our nation. Ceremonies will take place across Vermilion County and the country Monday to pay tribute to those who serve and have served.
Let’s imagine a Southern Illinois University football player makes a leaping interception against Missouri State next week.
When the Chicago Transit Authority awarded a contract for 800 new rail cars to CRRC Sifang in 2016, it looked like a good deal for everyone. The agency would get spiffy modern rolling stock to replace much of its aging fleet, at a savings of $226 million compared with the competing bid. The …
Unsurprisingly, Springfield is captivated by a widening corruption scandal that most recently led to charges against state Rep. Luis Arroyo and the revelation that a state senator was wearing a wire for the FBI.
Family, friends and colleagues gathered last week to honor Illinois State Police Trooper Gerald W. Ellis by unveiling a sign naming a portion of the Tri-State Tollway for him.
Advocates of right-sizing Illinois government have suspected for months that judges would determine the fate of a new state law that gives local voters more power to decide how they are governed.
Illinois doesn't see many unicorns. But there's been a sighting in downstate Normal, where an electric truck manufacturer called Rivian operates out of the former Mitsubishi auto plant.
Anyone who has ever owned a dog knows the experience can have its, um, drawbacks. Dogs of our acquaintance have been known to shred rolls of toilet paper, gobble food off counters, bark furiously at squirrels and letter carriers, barf on rugs, whine to be walked no matter what the weather an…
The colors of autumn should be in full view by now, but the season appears to be a bit late in arriving this year. Many trees still hold mainly green leaves. But that will change — soon.
In October 2017, the federal Department of Health & Human Services declared a public health emergency to address the national opioid crisis. That year, drug overdoses killed a record-breaking 72,300 Americans, more than the yearly death tolls from HIV, car crashes, and gun deaths combined.
For the past few days we've been thinking about the paperwork from a September raid on the Springfield office of state Sen. Martin Sandoval. We don't know why the feds went snooping — Sandoval has not been accused of wrongdoing — but we know the search reflected a broadminded curiosity about…
The strike that kept Murphysboro School District 186 students out of classrooms for five days isn’t the result of a get-rich-quick scheme by teachers. And, it isn’t the result of a miserly school board hoarding pennies.
October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time when the whole community can offer a bit of help to those who find their lives disrupted by violence from those closest to them.
The past 16 years have been nothing short of tumultuous across Iraq and Syria. The United States found that, in its hour of need, it could not rely on NATO ally Turkey to provide military support. Other allies recoiled. But on the ground, the Kurdish fighters of northern Syria and Iraq stood…
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The American Cancer Society estimates 268,600 American women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year. It also estimates 41,760 women will die from the disease in 2019.
The only silver lining to be extracted from yet another report outlining sexual harassment in Springfield is the potential for further reform. When lawmakers return to the Capitol this month for the fall veto session — their first gathering following two investigations into House Speaker Mic…
Today marks the beginning of the 79th National Newspaper Week, a time to appreciate the contributions newspaper make in their communities and to think about the consequences should newspapers disappear.
We're pleased that Gov. J.B. Pritzker has tabbed a former GOP congressman with a history of bipartisanship and record of effective governance to lead the board of one of Illinois' greatest assets and historic trusts.
Two previous presidents over the last half-century faced accusations of wrongdoing that reached the shameful level of an impeachment inquiry. So yes, the United States has been down this road before, which means Americans can anticipate some of the drama and discord to come from impeachment …
For a couple of decades, Illinois has allowed roads and bridges to crumble, which doesn't make much sense for a state whose economy is based on being a transportation hub for the nation.
Manager Joe Maddon has never fit the once-stereotypical image of a Cubs lovable loser. And he continued to defy that description as he left the team following Sunday's loss to the division champion St. Louis Cardinals.
Anyone who values wildlife and the treasures of nature had to be alarmed by the recent report that birds are in trouble. In the past 50 years, a comprehensive study found, the bird population of North America has declined by nearly 3 million — a loss of 29 percent. The head of the Audubon So…
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives embarked on a rare mission last week as they began an impeachment investigation regarding the actions of President Donald Trump.
After years of restoration work, Orland Grasslands near Orland Park has seen the return of bobolinks, Eastern meadowlarks, Henslow’s sparrows and other birds.
The timing could not have been better for Taxpayers United of America to release its 13th annual list of the highest local public pensions last week. Or for Moody’s Investment Service to share the disappointing news that Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation pension debt stills stands at more than a…
The nation just finished its observation of National Farm Safety and Health Week, but it’s not too late to remind drivers about the hazards that crop up during harvest in Illinois and Indiana.
The upcoming veto session of the state legislature needs to be a watershed six days for Illinois, and by extension, Planet Earth.
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court disappointed Americans who yearn for an end to partisan gerrymandering — the drawing of legislative and congressional district lines to favor the party in power. The court admitted that these maps "are incompatible with democratic principles." But it said it h…
The United Way of Danville Area recently kicked off its annual fundraising campaign. The effort deserves the support of all who call Vermilion County and western Indiana home.
When the state legislature adjourned in June, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and lawmakers congratulated themselves for a "historic" and "ambitious" and "consequential" spring session. They were quoted on front pages across Illinois, touting the volume and complexities of the bills they passed.
A San Diego State University survey of more than a million teens found the percentage of high school seniors who read a book, magazine or newspaper every day has plummeted from 60 percent in the 1970s to 16 percent in 2016.
Americans everywhere watched in horror Tuesday as broadcast outlets replayed the suicide missions carried out against the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
When it comes to the state's enduring educator shortage, a little progress — maybe even a little misguided progress at that — is something to note.
Danville City Council members plan to decide soon whether to allow cannabis — marijuana — sales in the city, for medicinal or recreational uses. It’s an opportunity they should not ignore.
Football's Friday night lights are shining for fewer families in Illinois this fall. High school participation in the sport has reached a 26-year low in the state and is falling far faster than the national rate.
Remember when trade wars were “good, and easy to win”? President Donald Trump’s glib declaration has now been replaced by a new one, from his Senate surrogate, Lindsey Graham: Americans should “accept the pain” of Trump’s trade war with China.
This Week's Circulars
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 16, at Blurton Funeral Home, 400 N. Vermilion St., Potomac, for Tracy McGill Hedrick, who died unexpectedly Friday, November 8, 2019. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Potomac Cemetery. T…
John William "Bill" Decker, 92, of Champaign, Ill., formerly of Hoopeston, Ill., passed away at 4:18 p.m. Thursday, November 7, 2019, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill. He was born June 22, 1927, at home in Hoopeston, the son of John William Decker Sr. and Ruby K. (Finch) Decker. H…
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