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In 2017, Illinois passed historic school funding reform and made a commitment to fully fund our schools, promising in statute to put a minimum of $350 million into the new formula every year for 10 years. Our goal – getting every district to 90 percent funding by 2027.

Darren Duncan is a seventh-generation farmer and father of four who is disgusted with politicians in Washington more concerned about getting rich off their office or winning an election than by serving the people they represent.

The following represents a Senate Bill currently being considered in Illinois. This Bill epitomizes the adage that elections have consequences. When a single political Party has unfettered control, the birth of opportunistic Zealots is soon to follow. The very first bulleted item quite succi…

The new Congressman for the Effingham area will realistically be decided by the primary election on March 17. I hope you don't base your vote on who you see the most TV ads or signs for, I encourage you to put some thought into who the best candidate is.

Please take time to vote in the upcoming Effingham County primary election on March 17. As in the last election, the extremely important position of Effingham County Coroner will be voted on. It is very important that the best, capable and experienced person be elected to that office. That is t…

In view of her pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, pro-conservative stand, the Effingham Area Tea Party endorses Mary Miller for U.S. Congress. Mary is running on the Republican ticket for the 15th District seat being vacated by John Shimkus.

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Please … please … please … Pilot … please step up to your responsibility in the community! Another story, “Stuck Truck” appears in an issue of the Effingham Daily News. (Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, page A1.) Another semi attempted to make a turnaround to get back to Pilot Travel Center. Again,…

Can you see the water trickling; no running down a stream of volcanic rock? Snow has colored the deep blacks and burgundies of the rigid rocks. Creating a picturesque seen of dynamics we cannot mentally fathom. Approximately 250 ft. below the water runs and makes its own path forming this de…

The City of Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau was thrilled by the continued success of the Wonderland in Lights this past year. Wonderland in Lights, a drive-thru holiday light display that features a variety of lighted Christmas scenes in Community Park.

Nov. 18 – Nov. 22 is National Education Week. The members of The American Legion Auxiliary Liberty Unit 289 of Strasburg want to say THANK YOU and encourage members of the community to also say THANK YOU to the teachers, teacher aides, janitors, secretaries, bus drivers, cooks, and administr…

Healthcare is a top issue for most voters. Even with copays, prescriptions & doctor’s visits are often budget-busters. The numbers of uninsured are rising again for the first time since the Affordable Care Act. One-third of all bankruptcies involve medical bills. While healthcare is a ba…

My recycling efforts began 10 years ago. At that time, numerous recycling drop off locations existed in the surrounding areas. Locations have steadily declined in the years since that time. My thoughts on the decline of collection locations:

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National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 20-26. An estimated six teens die in motor vehicle crashes each day according to the Center for Disease Control. Hundreds more are injured.

President Trump should not have pulled U.S. troops out of Syria. Not only are the Kurds being massacred by Turkish forces, but ISIS prisoners are also escaping. This is the very same terrorist group that is bent on wreaking havoc on the U.S. and our allies.

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