President Obama's policies have tanked the coal companies. Major coal companies are going bankrupt. My friends that work at Caterpillar say there are no orders for mining equipment. Production is way down. The railroads and rail cars that carry coal, are going to be idle.
Having had five uncles serve overseas in World War II; a father serve in Korea; a cousin serve in Vietnam and several serve in the states; and an ex-son-in-law serve in Iraq and Afghanistan, my family and I know firsthand the many sacrifices military families make.
The 2016 campaign season has come upon us with an unforeseen fury. The tone has been substandard and disappointing to many of us. Millions of citizens crave a more informed dialogue on a number of issues. Instead, negative ads predominate. They are scurrilous, slanderous and not at all upbui…
America was founded on the idea of helping others and being free. However, this is not how many of us are responding to the recent refugee crisis in Syria. While we all want to turn away from these problems and let them take care of it themselves, it is irresponsible for Americans to take th…
I am not personally acquainted with athletic director and head baseball coach Nate Metzger, but have a lengthy respect and admiration for the job he has done at Heartland Community College. His value to our communities and the school goes far beyond the successes and record of accomplishment…
Disappointed by the Connect Transit board’s approval of new route changes, I left the meeting early. Suddenly several other bus riders appeared alongside me in the station. The meeting had just ended.
In a recent dream I was at a Trump speech, just as an observer, I hope. I saw several people wearing masks and antiseptic gloves, holding signs that began with "He's not a(n)...", followed variously by racist, misogynist, adulterous braggart, liar, dangerous idiot and so on. A few sign holde…
In spite of an avalanche of protests, letters, marches, negative newspaper editorials, junk bond status and a constant pounding on the doors of legislators by multiple constituents, the General Assembly ended the regularly scheduled session without either a spending plan or a revenue plan.
Regardless of whether we agree with protesters demonstrating opposition to the Trump agenda, all Americans can agree with the fundamental right to assemble and freely express dissent about government. In a number of countries around the world, protesters or anyone opposing governmental leade…
Recently, as a new president has taken office, there has been a shift in the view of North Korean people. Instead of acknowledging the discrimination, the hatred and the violence, people see the oppression endured by the North Koreans as a result of their unwillingness to take action.
Almost all the oats, wheat, soy, and corn grown in the US these days are GMO — genetically modified — to allow farmers to spray them with glyphosate, the popular weed and grass killer.
In his April 4 letter to The Pantagraph, Theodore H. Loy states: “Although homosexuality has no genetic base, homosexuals are demanding the same civil rights as those who have a genetic base — such as race and sex.” Mr. Loy seems to think that only classes of humans that have a genetic basis…
Receiving notification in March that a friend, Mike O'Rourke, had died was disheartening although not unexpected. Many of our readers know Mike as a lifelong resident of Bloomington and as an active member of the bar until his retirement. I, and many others know Mike as a friend, father and …
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The deadline for attorneys to finalize an out-of-court settlement between former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and a man who accused him of child sexual abuse was delayed until next week, the court clerk's office said Friday.
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — The northern Illinois city that figured prominently in the movie “A League of Their Own” may be getting a museum of its own.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago suburb will pay $275,000 to a former police officer who says colleagues discriminated against him because of his Assyrian and Iraqi heritage.
The winding story of a Bloomington man seeking exoneration while serving a 100-year sentence for being convicted of murdering his 3-year-old daughter in 1998 is set to appear before a national televised audience.
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Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Friday a revised map of General Assembly boundaries designed to ensure Democrats keep control of the Illinois House and Senate through the decade, starting with next year’s elections.
Rodrigo Carrillo, director of strategic initiatives and planning for the Illinois Housing Development Authority, says the state will finish reviewing rental assistance applications ahead of the eviction moratorium's expiration on Oct. 3.
More than 13% of Illinois renters reported being behind on their rent payments, according to a survey conducted earlier this month by the U.S. Census Bureau.