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Did you see which Illinois millionaires got big bucks from the federal government’s coronavirus rescue package . while most businesses suffered? That’s one interpretation of the data released Monday on organizations that received aid via the Payroll Protection Program.

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Although it was painful to read the announcement on Thursday morning, we applaud the Effingham County Fair Board for making the right decision about this year’s fair. Most of the activities are canceled.

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As the state prepares to enter Phase 4 of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois” plan on Friday, we want to reflect for a moment.

Suppose you were strolling through Forest Park and came across a flattering statue of Adolf Hitler. Or Fidel Castro. Or Osama bin Laden. Of course, nations don’t generally bestow statuary upon enemies — unless those enemies happen to be Confederate leaders in the Civil War.

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The death of George Floyd beneath the knee of a Minneapolis police officer – now fired and charged with murder – may seem far away.

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We thought the Effingham County Board intended to have a serious discussion on Wednesday about “reopening” Illinois. That’s why we devoted so much newsprint in that day’s paper to State Rep. Blaine Wilhour’s plan to do that.

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We’re as anxious as anyone for the local economy to get rolling again. The plan to do that regionally proposed by Rep. Blaine Wilhour of Beecher City has its merits. It also raises questions – but any plan worth considering should be able to stand up to questioning.

We feel the frustration that drove state Rep. Darren Bailey to file a lawsuit challenging Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s extension of the state’s “stay-at-home” order, which has caused incredible hardship in our community and across the state. We think Bailey raises important issues regarding the stat…

A primary argument of Gov. J.B. Pritzker and legislative supporters of a graduated income tax is that we can trust them. We can trust them to use additional money it would generate to shore up the state’s finances. We can trust them not to use it to come up with new ways to spend money. We c…

In a time of national despair, Congress rushed to pass an economic stimulus bill aimed at assisting individuals and businesses — both large and small — whose financial status is jeopardized by the ongoing and open-ended national economic shutdown.

When a coronavirus infection advances through the body in more severe cases, the lungs begin to fill with fluid and breathing becomes difficult. In a hospital intensive care unit, life-saving ventilators can help a patient survive by pumping oxygen into the impaired lungs. But what if thousa…

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Thanks to coronavirus, the phrase “social distancing” has entered the social consciousness. It means to avoid crowds and personal contact, such as shaking hands.

Remember the original threat-level warning established by the United States following the Sept. 11 attacks? The since-abandoned color chart gave the degree of alert under which the country should be.

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