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Young pedestrians, bicycle riders, and school buses will soon return to Illinois’ streets and roads as another school year gets underway. Transportation-related accidents are always heartbreaking. The Illinois Insurance Association urges drivers to be vigilant in the weeks ahead.

The 77th Effingham County Fair started off with 60 runners in the 5K run called the “Barnyard Run." Then the rain set in and cut into the participation in the car show. My pick at the car show was a 100-year-old 1921 REO coupe. It had spoke wheels and looked fantastic. I am sure next year th…

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Last week the EDN published a response by our four area legislators to Governor Pritzker’s order for masks in school. The statements were nearly identical, saying he denied science and logic, and it was a political move. Not much of an original thought here from our legislators.

Democracy is under threat from “religious extremists” who are attacking freedom under the guise of God before country. Our founding fathers made it crystal clear in the Constitution that the government should be separate from religion. Throughout history man has called upon the faithful to g…

Housing availability in Effingham is a real problem. A person I am assisting has been trying to find a reasonable place to live for over four months with no result. She has money and a job but no one will rent to her because of minor technicalities, like birth certificate or previous rental …

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Did you ever wonder about all these new (self-check) lines? First you walk around trying to find what you want, which was located here last week but moved today. After finally checking most things off your list you proceed to the check out area only to find the clerked stations are very limi…

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 …

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