Category Archives: Politics

Gov. Pritzker calls out National Guard to support Chicago police

Gov. Pritzker calls out National Guard to support Chicago police

The National Guard’s been called out to support Chicago police during the rioting over the death of George Floyd at the knee of a Minneapolis cop. While decrying the violence which has grown from the protests, Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot still has a hard time processing now-former-Officer Derek Chauvin’s actions.MORE

HOI reopening plan tabled in McLean County

HOI reopening plan tabled in McLean County

The McLean County Board decided to table a proposal Thursday night to immediately implement terms of the so-called Heart of Illinois sub-regional proposal, in which 11 counties would reopen businesses at a faster pace than Gov. JB Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan.MORE

Four Illinois House Republicans want an audit of IDES

Four Illinois House Republicans want an audit of IDES

They would not go so far as to seek a recall, but four Illinois House Republicans said Thursday they want an audit of the Illinois Department of Employment Security, as it pertains to the security and customer service failures since the pandemic threw about 1 million people out of work.MORE

Blogs

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…