As of Thursday, more than 64% of Americans 12 and over had been fully vaccinated. That’s more than 182 million people. And yet the skeptics remain.
In Illinois and this nation, we have spent billions of dollars trying to provide the best education possible for our children. Due to COVID-19 we have lost a year or more of education. Remote learning has been difficult for most and virtually impossible for some students.
Whenever I go to a high school or college football game, I cringe at the sight of players on the field, standing as if witless (which they aren’t), looking to the sidelines for instructions from the coaches for the play to call and defense to mount.
The state’s mandates regarding masks and vaccinations are merely the headlines and excuses of the moment in an incremental dismantling of local control in public education – and other arenas – that began decades ago, with the pace only picking up since.
Veronica Wolski was a believer in the deeply unhinged QAnon conspiracy theory. When it came to COVID-19, she was anti-vaccine and anti-mask, at one point standing on a pedestrian bridge over the Kennedy Expressway with a sign that read “Ax the vax.” She became a darling in the dark fringes o…
Walk the halls of Springfield or drink a beer in Carbondale, and you will hear a lot of discussion about the city of Chicago, and not much of it favorable. Downstaters routinely lament the wastefulness of city government, the lousy traffic, the lack of public safety, the crowded conditions.
As much as they try, soldiers returning home from combat don’t always manage to leave the war behind on the battlefield.
Most of the people who witnessed the events of Sept. 11, 2001 remember where they were when they heard the news. It was a clear crisp September morning. For some reason, we did not turn our TV on that morning.
The forecast was grim. What we thought could be a bad thunderstorm turned into streets flooded and the town of Gibson City was soaked when nearly nine inches of rain fell in just five hours. The roads were impassable, and some people even needed to be rescued from their home.
Editor’s Note: Jim Shultz is the founder and executive director of the Democracy Center and a columnist with the Lockport, New York Union-Sun & Journal, a sister paper of the EDN. He is not local to the Effingham County area.
This coming Monday is Labor Day. It is a day to commemorate the efforts of all workers regardless of their occupation or position in a company.
The events unfolding at the Kabul Airport in Afghanistan during the last couple of weeks were gut wrenching and disturbing. It appeared that America lost another war in a distant land and then hurriedly withdrew from it, creating a chaos and even a tragedy when 13 American Servicemen and wom…
Barack Obama recently purchased a $12 million summer place on Martha’s Vineyard and planned to host 600 “swells” there for his 60th birthday, until the resurgent pandemic shrunk his party numbers.
Former Gov. Jim Edgar has created a program that might be the last great hope for struggling Illinois, yet his Edgar Fellows Program has yet to prove its potential. I propose that the nearly 400 Fellows take on the task, never before tried, of building a strong future for Illinois. The chall…
Schools across the nation find themselves in an impossible situation, as they are stuck between increasingly dire medical advice, frustrated parents, and tricky political realities. A school board in northeast Texas, for example, temporarily added facemasks to its dress code to get around th…
Welcome roses for the new president and CEO of HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital. Chad Markham will begin serving in this role on Sept. 7. The hospital noted in a press release on Friday that Markham comes to St. Anthony’s from Sioux City, Iowa, where he has served in a variety of health …
I had lunch the other day with two friends from way back. As we sat down at a public golf course in Prophetstown in Northwest Illinois, I realized each of us has been president of a respected statewide organization over the many decades. There might be a column here, I thought.
I met Steve Nolan two years ago on his first day as a Certified Nurse Anesthetist at the Effingham Surgery Center. He’s a gentleman with impeccable manners and a soft captivating smile and kind eyes that exude respect and maturity.
Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday ordered that masks be required in the state’s day cares and in schools from pre-K through 12. Thorns are warranted because it’s come to this. Capitol News Illinois reported that Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said that youth hospi…
There is a developing thin line in mainstream journalism ethics between what’s acceptable and what’s not in defining impartial, independent news coverage.
I’ve taken it upon myself to chime in on our nation’s most recent facepalm, which is that we somehow have more COVID-19 vaccines than arms to put them in.
When the COVID-19 pandemic started in China and then swept the entire world, almost every human being was praying to God, each in their own way, to end that pandemic. But it was not going to end just like that. First, we had to know the type of the virus causing the pandemic, then we need to…
Roses to the return of the Effingham County Fair, which opens Saturday. EDN reporter Charles Mills notes that this year’s fair has plenty to offer as last year’s fair was slimmed down to just an Effingham County Fair Queen Contest and Junior Miss competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The…
Long pandemic lockdowns forced many older adults to become comfortable with video calls to stay connected with family. That in turn means that long-distance caregivers have a better way to see how their loved ones are faring.
Social Security imposter scams are widespread across the United States. Scammers use sophisticated tactics to deceive you into providing sensitive information or money. They target everyone – even the elderly – and their tactics continue to evolve.
Social isolation is a silent killer — as dangerous to health as smoking. National and global health organizations have underscored the hidden, deadly and pervasive hazards stemming from feeling alone and abandoned. This is according to grandchallengesforsocialwork.org.
It’s 6 a.m. in Princeton, Illinois. I have a six-hour drive to Rochester, Minnesota, where the Mayo Brothers will take a look-see at my 80-year-old ticker. Some reason for stress.
INDIANAPOLIS – The catastrophic events prior to the Sept. 11 foreign terror attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the demise of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania occurred in a time of consequential political instability.
The summer of 2021 includes a long to-do list as restrictions have been lifted and people take to the roads for summer vacations and family reunions.
Democratic mapmakers in Springfield have crafted new legislative districts that are so laughably offensive to the Illinois Constitution that the state Supreme Court would either have to reject them outright, or confirm the court’s unsavory reputation for partisan political corruptness.
I was at Girl Scout camp this past week and I watched the daily closing of the camp and the retiring of Old Glory. The girls were so respectful as they retired the colors. I began to think about patriotism and what it means to me.
Belated roses to the St. Anthony softball team for its remarkable run this year. As your new EDN sports editor, Alex Wallner, put it in a recent column: “It was a season of firsts for the St. Anthony softball team, as the Bulldogs captured sectional and super-sectional championships en rout…
Last week, my brother Emil, his lovely wife, Vivian, and his two bright children, Nardeen and Michael, celebrated their 10th anniversary of coming to America.
The spring session of the Illinois General Assembly is now history. At the beginning of the session, there was renewed hope that critical aspects of Illinois government might change. After all, for the first time in decades, the House had a new speaker. After nearly 40 years as House speaker…
Illinois is now fully open but all throughout the state there are numerous fast-food restaurants that still have closed dining rooms.
After more than a century and a half of underappreciation, the emancipation celebration known as Juneteenth is bringing out the regional differences in various ways, some of which make me wonder whether the Civil War really ended in 1865 — and if so, who won.
On Thursday afternoon, Illinois legislators got their first glimpse of what an energy package may look like as they are set to reconvene in Springfield early next week to consider energy-related legislation. Unfortunately, it appears as though the Democrats and Governor Pritzker are cooking …
Nineteen years after completing our journey from Egypt to this great country, we had the opportunity to be sworn in as American citizens on May 12, 1995. Our son, Ramez, however, was living in Seattle at that time and had requested to have his swearing-in ceremony in Seattle. But that reques…
About 25 years ago my buddy and I were on spring break. We were broke, though, so instead of heading south to cruise down a beach we were driving to McDonalds to cruise through the parking lot. It was a rainy day and too overcast for the beach anyway, which is likely one reason he got the id…
HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital and the Family Life Center recently partnered with St. Anthony High School on an annual event, “Window to the Womb,” which allows high school students an opportunity to see the development of life while in the womb.
Climate change is one of the most pressing problems facing society today. Climate change can be attributed largely to the increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and its effects are numerous and severe.
All children need the love and support of a family to grow into healthy, productive adults. When children are abused or neglected and cannot stay safely in their homes, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) turns to foster parents to become part of a team to help the…
Illinois community pharmacists have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to deliver patient care to families across our communities. Whether at-risk and vulnerable or relatively healthy, we sprang into action, ensuring patients could get prescriptions and medical advice while main…
Senate Bill 72 is a detrimental piece of legislation that is currently sitting on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk. If signed into law, SB 72 will be crushing for both the small business community as well as the Illinois health care industry at-large – both of which are already struggling to recove…
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