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Arguments underway at State Capitol to bring back Douglas statue

Arguments underway at State Capitol to bring back Douglas statue

By Dave Dahl SPRINGFIELD – During a nationwide reckoning over racism and slavery among our Founding Fathers and other historical figures’ racism and connections to slavery, the state removed statues of Pierre Menard and Sen. Stephen Douglas from the east lawn of the Capitol. So the chair of the Illinois House Statues and Monuments Task…MORE

Illinois State hires former Redbird for soccer head coach vacancy

Illinois State hires former Redbird for soccer head coach vacancy

By Jake Fogal BLOOMINGTON – Illinois State has filled another vacant head coaching position, as Athletic Director Kyle Brennan announced the hiring of Wisconsin assistant coach Marisa Kresge to be the next soccer coach at ISU. Kresge spent one season as a Redbird in 2016, before heading north to join the coaching staff at Wisconsin.…MORE

Gas prices skyrocket to record highs across Illinois

Gas prices skyrocket to record highs across Illinois

By Jake Fogal BLOOMINGTON – Average gasoline prices in Illinois have risen almost 15.3 cents in the last week, averaging $4.98 a gallon According to GasBuddy’s survey of over 43-hundred stations in Illinois, prices in the state are 55.7 cents higher than a month ago. “Gasoline prices surged over the last week to new record…MORE

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Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

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…