Susan Hoelscher remembers the sign that stood at the edge of Effingham about 60 years ago, declaring the community a “sundown town.” It warned Black people they were not welcome within the city limits after dark.
With four months to go until divided America decides the presidential race, voters in the heartland are focused on an economy in trouble, the unending coronavirus pandemic and protests over racial injustice.
Donald Trump launched his 2020 presidential campaign in Florida this week with the kind of fiery talk that endears him to many across the Effingham area and angers his local detractors.
Despite the inflammatory mixture of fact, fear and lies that has woven its way deeply into America’s body politic, there are few signs of significantly shifting attitudes in the heartland on who should be elected the nation’s president in 2020.
Supporters of President Trump from across the Effingham region cheered Thursday's release of the much-anticipated, redacted report on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, saying it exonerates a president who has been unfair…
From his lofty perch in the White House, President Donald Trump declared the midterm elections a “very Big Win” on Twitter the morning after the ballots had been tabulated, promptly discounting the Democrats return to majority power in the U.S. House.
Myra Baker of Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, offers no apologies for her fire-in-the-belly support of President Donald Trump and stopping Democrats from rebounding against him in the Nov. 6 midterm elections.
Gage Payne, 17, will vote for the first time in November. He is a student at Effingham High School and wants to be a emergency medical technician after graduation. He is employed at Panda Express in Effingham.
Jim Harvey, 69, was born in Vincennes, Indiana, but grew up in Carlyle, Illinois. He attended Eastern Illinois University and John Marshall Law School. After graduating from law school he moved from Des Plaines, Illinois to Effingham. He is retired as an associate judge for the Fourth Judici…
An Effingham resident, Marilyn Wirth, 66, retired as a bank teller after first raising her four children in the Chicago-area. Later, she and her late husband, Bob, retired to Lake Sara in 2004. He died in 2012. She now works part-time at an after-school program associated with the Sacred Hea…
The political landscape in Effingham and Shelby counties is being shaped by the political force that is President Donald Trump. Its rippling contours are evident in the increasingly vibrant voices raised to defend and attack him.
Donald Trump has never really hit it off with Hannah Hirl but now he needs her more than ever as he strives to overcome what opinion polls show is a growing gender gap dogging his presidency.
It’s a Thursday in May, and staff members of U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth have set up shop at the Suzette Brumleve Memorial Effingham Public Library. Although Duckworth herself is not here, constituents flow into a small room in the basement.
Lloyd Dean, 76, of Heartville, refers to himself as an independent voter with conservative leanings. In particular, he is passionate about the Second Amendment and the use of the death penalty.
The ethics of politicians have become increasingly important to Robert Ashley as he considers what the future will hold for his 7-month-old daughter, Ellie.
As presidential terms go, this last 15 months have been unprecedented, altering political norms and jolting the nation with President Donald Trump’s drama-packed mission to make haste on his campaign promises and waste of his antagonists.
It’s a warmer-than-usual March morning in rural Beecher City when Dallas Buzzard and his wife, Sherry, welcome a group of coffee drinkers to their home. On the kitchen table sit two boxes of locally made glazed doughnuts.
Illinois has long been “blue” in national elections. The last Republican it chose for president was George H.W. Bush in 1988.
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