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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.

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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.

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.

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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…

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…

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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…

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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 …

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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.

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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…

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…

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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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