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Good luck roses to the state lawmakers from our area that took their seats in Springfield this week. New to their jobs are Darren Bailey, who takes his place in the state senate, representing the 55th District, and Adam Niemerg, who is the new representative of the 109th District – Bailey’s …

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As I was watching in horror the disturbing images of the pro-President Trump supporters breaching and assaulting the Capitol on Jan. 6, I sat in front the TV with my mouth open. I could not believe what I was witnessing.

The dance of democracy continues in 2021 with the once-a-decade ritual of drawing new state legislative and congressional district lines in Illinois and across the nation. In two-thirds of the states, including Illinois, the legislators themselves draw the lines. This means the party in powe…

Last summer when I sat down to interview Wayne Kaufman, known to three generations of Aurorans as “Red the Barber,” he was in decent health for a man in his 80s, but upset that the pandemic had prematurely forced him to retire after an impressive 63 years of cutting hair, most at a barber sh…

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Thorns to the Year 2020. Your EDN editor is glad it is gone. Here’s hoping for a rosey 2021. It can’t get any worse than the year we’ve just had. Can it?

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After an arduous year, it was pretty rosey this week to see healthcare workers at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital and Sarah Bush Lincoln rolling up their sleeves for the area’s first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. St. Anthony’s on Thursday administered the first COVID-19 vaccine dose to Rebe…

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University asked me to do some noodling about the future of Illinois. I have mentioned this to several friends. The responses — a roll of the eyes; a belly laugh; a retort that it is too late to do anything about Illinois. Nobody ha…

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The last 10 months have been very brutal in the human toll taken by COVID-19 across the globe. Many families lost loved ones. Many friends lost close friends. The human loss is staggering. The United Stated did not fare very well in terms of infection rate and death rate. As of now, more tha…

As the New Year approaches, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the last 52 weeks and all our accomplishments and shortcomings. This also presents a chance to make a resolution or a promise to ourselves. Some do this loosely and never really bother to adhere, while others take the process more…

In recent years, colleges across America have developed comprehensive services for students that go beyond academic support. In addition to tutoring, study skills courses and individualized office hours to ensure classroom success, colleges are creating resources and services that support st…

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More roses for voters in Illinois who turned out to make their voices heard last month. Capitol News Illinois reported Friday Republicans made a net gain of one seat in the Illinois House while losing one in the state Senate, according to certified official results from the Nov. 3 general el…

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Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 47,147 deer during the first weekend of the Illinois Firearm Deer Season Nov. 20-22 compared with 50,173 deer taken during the first firearm weekend in 2019, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Roses to the Effingham…

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It is important for every Father to know and understand this one point. You do not have to add up to the American standard for Father. This image has been compromised with the mindset of pride, selfishness, and more things value. It can become very frightening to do so.

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We are so fortunate to live in a very caring area, where people are concerned about their neighbors, friends and family. It is why meals suddenly appear on kitchen tables after a tragedy, clothes after a fire, or money for someone in need. So, it isn’t natural what we need to do this Thanksg…

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Thanksgiving will always be a roseworthy holiday, even in the darkest of times. So accept this bouquet of roses from your EDN editor and his family. It’s not our place to tell you how to celebrate. Find joy in whatever way you are able. We hope that you stay safe and remain healthy throughou…

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On the surface, it seems that it would be difficult to celebrate Thanksgiving and be thankful during the challenging circumstances that plague our country now. From a raging pandemic that is sweeping the land and killing Americans by more than a thousand every day, to a contested election th…

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There’s no doubt 2020 was not the year anyone expected it to be. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced students everywhere to attend school online from their home. For college students like me, the experience taught many life lessons that won’t disappear anytime soon.

For many of us, the Korean War is truly a ‘forgotten war,’ lost to our consciousness between America’s triumph in World War II and the tragedy of the Vietnam War. But for the last two decades the Korean peninsula has once again caught our attention, chiefly because of the incessant saber rat…

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Effingham County Clerk Kerry J. Hirtzel reports a brisk pace for early voting locally, a trend playing out across the nation. Roses to those who have voted and roses to those who intend to vote on Tuesday, Election Day. Your EDN editor doesn’t care who you vote for. But there are thorns in y…

Harvest season is the time of year when some of the best aspects of Midwest agriculture can be experienced by all. Pumpkin patches and apple orchards in Illinois are open for visitors and the golden-brown fields of mature crops line rural roads across the state. But along with these markers …

As an unusual summer of quarantining, wearing masks and social distancing came to an end a few months ago, it was time yet again to head back to school. There was no doubt this fall semester was going to be strange, and nothing has changed much since those assumptions.

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