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Effingham County Board aims at bringing back Illinois House to multi-member districts

Effingham County Board aims at bringing back Illinois House to multi-member districts

An effort underway in Effingham County could be dismissed as a longshot or a downstate political minority blowing off steam, but a longtime political observer said the county-level push to revert the Illinois House back to multi-member districts, rather than single-member districts, could make the chamber more representative and even-keeled.MORE

Downtown axe-throwing venue targets city approval

Downtown axe-throwing venue targets city approval

A government panel had anything but an axe to grind Wednesday about plans to convert a vacant building near Downtown Bloomington into a sports and fitness business in which axe-throwing is the main attraction.MORE

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WJBC Voices: Irish chutzpah

By David Stanczak Many years ago, a friend of mine explained by way of example, the meaning of the term “chutzpah.”  He said it’s like a kid who killed his parents asking the court for clemency on the ground that he’s an orphan.  While the term is Jewish, and incredibly colorful, it’s an equal opportunity…

WJBC Voices: New name, new mascot

Several years ago, after the Politically Correct Athletic Association extorted the University of Illinois not to use any Native American symbols for its teams, I declared the name Fighting Illini meaningless…