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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…

When I was a boy in California in the 1960s, my family was pretty much the only family I knew that ate bagels. That’s probably because we were Jewish and bagels are a Jewish thing.

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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.

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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Although the CDC announced on Thursday that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can go without masks indoors and outdoors, it’s a roseworthy move by HSHS facilities to maintain the requirement. Health care facilities and other high-risk settings are excluded from the CDC guidance. In a …

President Joe Biden is proposing to spend more money than I knew existed, on infrastructure and children, families, free college and much more. I am not opposed to spending all that money, so long as it is aimed at improving our nation’s weak educational and social outcomes, and so long as w…

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After the normalization agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, there was an optimistic wave of articles hailing the “magnificent peace treaty between the three old combatants.” This was an oversimplification and even silly giddiness from those who do not understa…

We announced last fall that we established the Paul Simon-Jim Edgar award to celebrate statesmanship in Illinois. While we have no formula to offer that magically ends partisanship in Illinois, quiets rancor, and forges a sense of shared destiny, we believe this award will affirm and honor t…

As a broken-down prof of American politics, I was asked this question recently: What do the terms conservative and liberal mean today in American political life? I think the question is important because: 1) the human animal craves context to help him or her navigate the world; 2) the terms …

Voltaire, the 18th century French writer-philosopher, preferred an enlightened aristocracy to democracy yet he eloquently embraced one of the latter’s most sacred tenets, the right to free speech.

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As EDN reporter Andrew Adams reported this week, biting wind and April snow didn’t stop members of the Effingham Water Authority when they broke ground on the Lake Sara Beach Park, the project formerly known as the Pearson Peninsula Park. The small ceremony featured the “Assistant Lake Super…

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Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Karen Feldkamp delivered some thorny news this week that we should all pay attention to: The spread of the British COVID-19 variant in Effingham County has local health officials concerned, as does the increasing number of young residents testing positive f…

Now that the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly is underway and there have been literally thousands of proposals filed for consideration in the House and Senate, it is time to begin following bills that interest you and let your voice be heard. It is time to get in the game.

Our company this week named the Effingham Daily News the Newspaper of the Year in its division for news and sports coverage in 2020. Judges lauded our strong local coverage, relevant editorial page, clean design and frequently updated website.

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There was some roseworthy news for Dieterich this week as the state awarded the village a $2 million grant to build a 16,600-square-foot community center. The Dieterich Community Center is planned to feature multipurpose rooms, a 24-hour fitness center, a large court striped for a variety o…

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I’ve had many conversations about this pandemic with family, friends and even strangers, such as when I’m waiting in the check-out line at the store – while wearing a mask and socially-distanced! It’s obvious that many people are more concerned than ever over their physical health. Some are …

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One of the most impressive aspects of American political discourse that impressed me the most was the civility by which it was conducted. On multiple occasions while visiting my family and friends in Egypt I would sit surrounded by a healthy mix of young and old relatives and friends talking…

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