Americans celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, a man who became the face and the voice of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States during the 1950s and ‘60s. Killed by an assassin in 1968, Dr. King gave his life in the fight to end prejudice and ensure equal opportunity for …

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A preliminary report from a task force created by the Illinois General Assembly offers several good ideas to start discussions on ways lawmakers can lower property taxes. One in particular could dramatically change Illinois schools, improve education for students and save money for property owners.

Like many community, Danville and the rest of Vermilion County face a growing problem of how to deal with dilapidated housing in a cost-effective and efficient way. The issue involves both private and public housing, and will play a major factor in the future health of the city and county.

Among the most disappointing 2019 leftovers from the 101st General Assembly is at least one priority that in a just universe would not be difficult to accomplish. But because the universe of the Illinois legislature is not always just, ethics reform proved unnecessarily complicated even in t…

A community’s newspaper plays a daily role in the lives of the people it serves. A newspaper’s primary function is to inform, to provide the facts necessary so residents can make informed decisions.

With just a few days remaining in 2019, people traditionally begin to look toward the new year ahead. We all hope the new year — and the new decade, in this case — will be better than one just closing out. And looking at what Vermilion County and Danville have going on, 2020 looks like it co…

Ten months ahead of the deadline, it would be alarmist to say that time is running out to get your REAL ID Illinois driver's license. But it's certainly not too early to urge you to act now if you intend to use your license or state ID as identification when you fly or visit various federal …

Those who see our children during school days — teachers, administrators and other staff — know the value of a strong family life for students. And they often see the reflection of lessons learned — or not learned — outside of the classroom.

If any state lawmakers think their success this session on pension consolidation gives them the opportunity to take a breather from pension reform, the numbers from the Illinois Teachers' Retirement System and four other state-funded retirement programs should shock them to life.

For much of the past two years, ominous clouds have hung over America’s trade relations with the rest of the world. It’s too soon to forecast blue skies and pleasant breezes, but the weather is improving.

A vanity license plate that premiered in 2016 should be considered by the state of Indiana, should the standard plate ever fall out of fashion. The message is that important.

Danville police stayed busy this past week chasing down reports of shots fired in several city neighborhoods. The good news is that no one was reported to have been seriously injured. In fact, some of the reports might not have actually been gunfire, but loud noises that sounded like gunfire.

Some heart-rending stories come with consoling platitudes to match. Maybe the victim didn’t suffer long. There was nothing anyone could have done. The death of 5-year-old AJ Freund never came with any such consolations, not even that his short life had at least offered him the comforts of a mother.

If Republican legislators in the Illinois General Assembly expect their laundry list of ethics reforms to get the fair hearing in January it didn't get in the fall veto session, there's a little housecleaning of their own they need to handle.

The earnings outlook released by Deere & Co. last week confirmed again what has long been a concern for us about the U.S. trade war with China: that the suffering in farm country would ripple into other parts of the Quad-City economy.

Danville police soon will enjoy a helping hand — or helping eyes — as the fight crime in city neighborhoods thanks to a $75,000 state grant that will pay for 2-0 to 30 mobile cameras.

The U.S. military personnel stationed in Hawaii 78 years ago must have thought they had a great assignment in the sun and sand — until the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked.

What started as the Vermilion County Land Bank — a public organization designed to help revitalization efforts — has grown to become the Central Illinois Land Bank. With that growth comes the potential to create real change in area cities.

Americans from coast to coast will gather today to gorge on Thanksgiving fare of turkey and pumpkin pie, then lie on their couches almost comatose this afternoon to watch a few hours of football.

It's been almost 25 years since the U.S Bureau of Prisons approached business and government leaders in Vigo County (Indiana) about supporting a plan to place a new death row and execution facility on the grounds of the federal prison south of Terre Haute.

This week kicks off the holiday season in earnest, with Thanksgiving just a few days away, travel plans being made, Hanukkah and Christmas only a month distant and the start of a new year just beyond that.

At a May 2016 campaign rally in Charleston, West Virginia, Donald Trump, the presumed GOP nominee for president, told the faithful: “If I win, we’re going to bring those miners back. You’re going to be so proud of your president. For those miners, get ready, because you’re going to be workin…

With the arrival of a casino and the legalization of cannabis sales, more than a few local officials already have been thinking about how to spend the anticipated tax revenue from those entities.

Just as the Indiana Dunes finally has achieved national park status, Washington insiders are trying to cash in on all the parks by commercializing them to the max.

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.

This Week's Circulars


Dixie Myers Hackler, 80, of St. Joseph, passed away at 2:18 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at her home with tears of sadness and joy. Dixie was born July 29, 1939, in Danville, the daughter of Hubert and Pearl (Place) Myers. She grew up outside of Catlin, and graduated from Georgetown High Sch…

Richard Phillip "Dick" Layden, 89, of Hoopeston, Ill., passed away at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Living in Hoopeston. He was born on the 11th of March, 1930, in Danville, Ill., the son of Edward and Cornelia (Fitzgerald) Layden. He married Cath…