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Trump’s threat to defund education adds pressure to schools squeezed by coronavirus

Trump’s threat to defund education adds pressure to schools squeezed by coronavirus

President Donald Trump’s threat Wednesday to cut off federal funding for schools if they don’t open in the fall is the latest stress for schools already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. The President can’t unilaterally cut current federal support of schools, and the federal government provided only 8.3% of funding for public elementary and secondary…MORE

Joint Biden-Sanders task forces unveil progressive platform after months of negotiations

Joint Biden-Sanders task forces unveil progressive platform after months of negotiations

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden‘s campaign on Wednesday released a raft of policy recommendations crafted by allies of the former vice president and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, underscoring the party’s unity less than four months from November’s general election. The 110-page document is the product of weeks of negotiations between six- and eight-person “Unity…MORE

Retired two-star Army general pleads guilty to sexually abusing his daughter

Retired Army Maj. Gen. James Grazioplene on Wednesday admitted to sexually abusing his then-teenage daughter in the 1980s, in exchange for a suspension of his sentence. His daughter, Jennifer Elmore, turned 49 on Wednesday. Grazioplene pleaded guilty in a Prince William County, Virginia, circuit court to aggravated sexual battery. He has been in jail for…MORE

Trump granted another 45-day extension to file annual financial disclosure

Trump granted another 45-day extension to file annual financial disclosure

President Donald Trump has been granted a second 45-day extension to submit his annual financial disclosure form, a White House official told CNN on Wednesday. “The President has a complicated report and he’s been focused on addressing the coronavirus crisis and other matters. As a result, he’s been given an additional 45 days, but the…MORE

Consumer protection bureau gets rid of restriction on payday lenders

Consumer protection bureau gets rid of restriction on payday lenders

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau formally scrapped a rule — originally proposed in 2017 under an Obama appointee — that would have put limits on payday lenders. As written, the rule would have imposed an underwriting requirement on payday lenders. The revised regulation instead won’t require lenders to determine whether a customer can afford paying…MORE

Trump administration proposes blocking asylum seekers on public health grounds

Trump administration proposes blocking asylum seekers on public health grounds

The Trump administration unveiled a new regulation Wednesday that would bar asylum seekers coming from countries with disease outbreaks, marking the latest push that would make it more difficult for migrants to seek refuge in the United States. The proposed regulation from the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice provides the administration…MORE

Birx’s nod to mask fashion is more than just sartorial

Birx’s nod to mask fashion is more than just sartorial

The White House coronavirus response coordinator began her remarks Wednesday with a seemingly light remark. “Masks can be a fashion statement,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, noting another positive reason — aside from the public health standpoint — for Americans to wear them. But amid the ongoing debate about wearing masks, led by President Donald Trump’s…MORE

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In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…

Everyone counts and you could make the difference

By Mike Matejka How many federal dollars will there be for road repairs?  To feed hungry families?  How many Illinois representatives will there be in Congress?  Are Illinois communities going to get their fair share? There’s only one way to ensure our community gets treated properly – answer the census. The every ten year U.S. census,…

Reactions to the “A Community in Conflict” exhibit

By Mike Matejka Every community has its home-town pride; Bloomington-Normal is proud to claim Steak n’ Shake and MASH TV star McLean Stevenson.  We’ve also had a moment of contention and conflict.  Sometimes these are uplifting stories of human progress. At other times, they cause us to shake our heads and wonder why. The McLean…