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PATH Crisis reporting increase in mental health calls

PATH Crisis reporting increase in mental health calls

By Blake Haas BLOOMINGTON – The need for mental health help is on the rise in the twin cities, as PATH Crisis reports a significant increase in calls for assistance related to the issue. According to Kevin Richardson, the call center program manager at PATCH Crisis, calls began flooding the nonprofit at the start of…MORE

County music stars Morgan Wallen and Hardy to headline Tailgate N’ Tallboys concert

County music stars Morgan Wallen and Hardy to headline Tailgate N’ Tallboys concert

By Blake Haas BLOOMINGTON – Tailgate N’ Tallboys is announcing their headliners for a concert at the Interstate Center in Bloomington next summer. USA Concerts announced on Monday country music stars Morgan Wallen, and Hardy will headline the festival. Earlier this year, USA concerts announced the festival is moving to the twin cities from Peoria.…MORE


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…