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This nation is the greatest nation on earth because it acknowledged God. As a nation we have gotten away from God. That’s why we have trouble. With God we have peace and order and love for one another. We need to return to God.

I’d be happy to be proved wrong, but the Unit 40 board decision to ban do-rags in the schools smacks of white panic over headwear that makes them think about “scary Black people.” How else to explain this totally arbitrary decision?

Illinois is blessed with the black gold that feeds America: rich, deep soils that make it one of the highest producing regions in the world. Agriculture is the largest economic sector in the state, and Illinois is among the top producers of corn and soybeans in the nation. My family has been…

Legislation concerning prejudgment interest in civil cases, now on the desk of Gov. J.B. Pritzker, is a compromise between the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Illinois Hospital Association, the Health Care Council of Illinois and other key stakeholders at the Capitol.

The popular phrase is “it takes a village.” For foster children, that village should include ALL of us. Youth in care need us to support them during this difficult time in their lives and help them to reach their full potential.

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Recently, I was one of the earlier people to come upon the scene of a serious automobile accident south of Effingham on Route 45. It would have been much better if the accident hadn’t happened; but it did.

Spring is revealing its beauty. Apple blossoms are making there beautiful appearance, hyacinths' are spreading there wonderful fragrance, the baby animals are running and kicking here and there. The grass is becoming lush and feels so cool on the bare feet and the spring creepers are beginni…

I would like to thank all the Teutopolis Unit 50 voters who voted for me, 417 to be exact (20.20%). I also want to congratulate Michael Ritchie (22.09%), Courtney Tegler (29.89%), and Erin Ordner (27.81%) for winning their seats, which I lost.

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I’m scared! Scared to turn on the national news each day. Every day the president has a new program to present. Started the day after he took office, eliminating pipelines, the wall, and numerous other things.

Distractions contribute to hundreds of vehicle crashes each year resulting in property damage, personal injury, even death. The Illinois Insurance Association and its member companies unite with local and state officials to bring attention to this pervasive issue during ‘Distracted Driving A…

It has been a rough year for all of us, but the past 12 months have been exceptionally difficult for those who struggle with substance use or mental health issues. Just when we thought we were seeing a plateau in the number of overdose deaths last year, COVID-19 reversed the progress we had …

It has become quite obvious that President Joe Biden cares nothing about the lives, well being or health of the American people. Since he first took office in January he has ended the travel ban from the majority of muslim countries, halted the construction of the much need wall along our so…

I write to request that Congress create a grant program to support recreation, sports, and amusement venues that provide live entertainment yet were excluded from “Shuttered Venue Operators Grants” program (Section 324 of Public Law No:116-260). It is imperative to the future of racetracks i…

March is the perfect time to offer thanks to another unsung group of heroes, Social Workers. During the pandemic, social workers have been on the frontlines along with doctors, nurses, grocery store staff and other essential employees. They have been quietly going about their work and with M…

Flash flooding, inland flooding, and storm-related flooding threaten all Illinoisans. Failing to recognize the danger can lead to personal injury, even death. Flooding also causes extensive damage to property each year. The Illinois Insurance Association and its member companies urge residen…

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Thank you for tarring all of Altamont with the same brush. ("Our View: Wishing David Martin the best … and that some in Altamont had treated him better," Feb. 19, 2021.) You assumed the only reason a small Illinois town could possibly object to, or be looking closely at, this school superint…

In October Joe Biden said executive orders were a poor, dishonest way to govern. Since then he has set a record for the number of such orders. Don’t blame him too much. He’s only doing what he is told.

High school is a pivotal point in a student’s life. It is a time for friendship, preparing for life’s next steps, and developing a deeper understanding of our communities. Last year, with COVID-19 raging across Illinois, our students have been all but stripped of these opportunities. Many ha…

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