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A month ago, legislators were promising to produce by Dec. 31 a blockbuster report that would recommend how to reduce Illinois’ excessive property taxes.

Happy New Year to all. May this year bring you closer to the knowledge of your purpose and the knowledge of your creator. May you learn to maximize the manual for life as a creation. This is one of the greatest times for the father positon.

Remember as a teen when you devised a strategy to convince your old man to let you have the family car to go on a date Saturday night? You we’re lobbying, trying to get what you wanted. We’re all lobbyists.

George W. Bush and Barack Obama both had Gen. Qassem Soleimani in their gunsights. Neither ordered the trigger pulled because of the enormous risks involved in killing one of Iran’s top leaders. In listing the possible responses to recent Iranian provocations, U.S. military commanders told P…

Fifteen years after the U.S. invaded Iraq to turn Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship into a beacon of democracy, Iraq’s Parliament, amid shouts of “Death to America!” voted to expel all U.S. troops from the country.

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A group that advocates for the separation of church and state wants the City of Effingham to remove a cross from a mural on city-owned property. Among the hundreds of comments on our story Friday about that and on an online poll on the topic is the roseworthy suggestion that the city sign o…

Different from Lake Wobegon, where all the youngsters are above average, most downstate Illinois schools perform below the statewide averages on achievement tests. I write not to criticize, but to evaluate, and to explore what might be done to boost achievement.

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These roses go along with the hope that you and your family had a wonderful Christmas, and wishes for a happy New Year. The holidays are a time for reflection on the year that’s winding to a close, with an eye toward even better things ahead. Your EDN editor enjoyed a quiet Christmas with f…

In this season of joy, I am reminded, as we all are, fleetingly, that not all share our joy. Several years ago, for example, the circus came to my rural town. A friend and I decided to ensure that all kids could have the very few bucks needed for tickets and some cotton candy. Fifteen single…

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Honor Flight is among the most roseworthy of causes. Proceeds from the Santa Stomp 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Dec. 21, in Teutopolis will benefit Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, whose mission is to provide free round-trip transportation for World War II, Korean and Vietnam war veterans to see th…

The word on the street, say my insider friends, is that a lot of indictments are coming down soon as a result of federal public corruption probes in Chicagoland and Springfield, probably including both legislators and lobbyists. So, to stay ahead of the curve, I write this week the first of …

Either loudly sing your own praises or don’t in the new year, but let’s leave the humble brag behind, along with a few other oversaturated, cloying or just plain silly cultural quirks that deserve a big goodbye.

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[rose] A reminder that we are still taking nominations for Effingham Daily News Citizen of the Year. The newspaper is again looking for individuals of extraordinary ethics who strive to improve the welfare of our community and its citizens. For its Citizen of the Year, the newspaper looks fo…

Each year, the United States imports more than $2 trillion worth of goods. And whether it’s cars, flat-screen TVs, or medical devices, these products all face import duties when entering the country. However, thanks to an obscure rule, there’s now a flood of smaller goods entering the countr…

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EDN reporter Kaitlin Cordes reported in Friday's paper one of the events that always makes your EDN editor glad he lives in this community: For some community members like Julie Ohnesorge, the Effingham County FISH Community Thanksgiving Dinner was the beginning of a new tradition. Ohnesorg…

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Let’s hope these turn into state championship victory roses for the Effingham football team. The players, coaches and everyone else involved with the team certainly deserve roses for a fine season. As your EDN sports editor, Zach Rainey, wrote in Friday’s paper: The Effingham Flaming Hearts …

Illinois’ economic fortunes are turning around. After years of struggling to recover from the so-called Great Recession of 2008, the tide seems to be turning. Here are some of the headlines this year from the Illinois Department of Employment Security:

I am writing today to DEMAND the identity of the whistleblower who reported my Thanksgiving yard decorations to city officials, resulting in the impeachment of my character and the removal of my 20-foot-tall inflatable pilgrim and illuminated live turkey display.

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Moris D. Sowers, of Effingham, Illinois, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Lakeland Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Effingham.