Air quality specialist: It’s important to understand livestock’s role in climate
Farm animals don’t play near the role in emitting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as some suggest. In...
USDA pegs Illinois No. 1 for soybeans, No. 2 for corn output
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service final crop production estimates for 2021 confirm a b...
Miscalculations can start war
In 1852 Napoleon III, the Catholic leader of France, demanded greater rights from the Ottoman Empire...
Better politics, smarter government: Illuminating Illinois’ triumphs and travails through literature
Several years ago, the staff of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute was preparing for our Renewin...
Richard Irvin is a Republican. Period.
Irvin might not be enough of a Republican for the purists. And Democrats might want to weaken Irvin ...
Flick: Of Natalie Wood’s death....or muder
Sam Perroni remembers the first time he met actress Natalie Wood. They were together in The Normal T...
Get awayDecember 26, 2021
Oh, what an amazing year!
And so 2021 is at its end, a 12-month set that contained 365 days, or 8,760 hours, or 525,600 minutes, or 31,536,000 seconds. Or, in only 750 words?
Joy to the world, Build Back Better’s demise has come
On December 19, just days before millions of Americans gather for Christmas festivities, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) delivered a much-needed early present to the nation when he let it be known that he would not vote in favor of President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better bill.
Who's in chargeDecember 23, 2021
ScroogeDecember 21, 2021
Between the merry, those holiday snafus
While the idea of Christmas is peace, love, calm and endless traditions, think about it … many of the memories that stick most prominently are those that instead featured something a bit unusual or out-of-the-ordinary.
Inviting Illinois college students to consider the challenge of ‘One Illinois’
Editor’s Note: This op-ed was distributed by Capitol News Illinois on behalf of the Paul Simon Publi...
President's menDecember 15, 2021
ThinkingDecember 13, 2021
One thing not to give for Christmas
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Can't tell meDecember 8, 2021
Normal has now sailed away for good
When will things be normal again? They won’t, that ship has sailed. In small ways and large the past is not coming back for a do-over. It’s more upsetting the older you are I suppose, having invested so much time and energy in accommodating your life to the way things are (strike that, should be were). The young are more flexible and to prove it they still laugh out loud, act like they are invincible, and flaunt their youth with cheerful good natured glee.
Hutsonville bands close year with spring concertMay 19, 2022
Hutsonville schools held a spring concert where they played a variety of music to the audience.
CMH passes state surveys
Crawford Memorial Hospital’s emergency department score high marks in a pair of recent surveys. Chie...