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Two-party system faces growing pressure

This editorial appeared in Newsday AMERICA'S fractious political system is undergoing a stress test. Will we find fissures that can be mended, or deep fault lines that will implode our two major parties? And is it all for the best? Trouble has been brewi

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Preserving local history crucial to community

THE Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County has embarked upon its first capital campaign in three years in an effort to make critical physical improvements to both the John Wood Mansion and History Museum. The organization has set a goal of $50,000

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Distracted driving is deadly, preventable

ABOUT 3,600 people die each year and nearly 400,000 are injured because of distracted driving crashes on U.S. highways. If that sounds like old news, there are some new developments to consider. This is Distracted Driving Awareness Week. The Illinois Stat

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Automatic voter registration big step forward

ILLINOIS soon will join the ranks of states making it easier for eligible citizens to register to vote.

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Congress grilled Facebook CEO, but now it needs to act

The editorial appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer CONGRESSIONAL lawmakers tried to put on a good show while grilling Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the misappropriation of personal data from as many as 87 million users by Cambridge Analytica, the p

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Area stands tall as it stoops to help children

NATIONS are judged by how well they treat their children and prepare them for life. In this Week of the Young Child it's instructive to recognize some of the regional success stories that lift up children, as well as the challenges that threaten to hold t

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Supreme Court wise to reinforce corruption ruling

THIS EDITORIAL APPEARED IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE: On Monday justices of the U.S. Supreme Court flicked off the latest appeal from Rod Blagojevich much as they flick lint from black robes.

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Teacher shortage threatens harm to Illinois education system

A NEW law that streamlines requirements for out-of-state educators to be licensed in Illinois represents an important step to help address a teacher shortage crisis in the state. The measure signed earlier this month by Gov. Bruce Rauner allows teachers t

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U.S. must keep voting systems safe

DESPITE the determination by the Department of Homeland Security that Russian hackers tried to infiltrate election systems in 21 states in 2016, including Illinois, many of those systems remain alarmingly vulnerable to cyberattacks with the midterm electi

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Bill Klingner Trail enhances rich parks system

WHEN Scott Koontz visited the Bill Klingner Trail last year, he saw the kind of active greenways system that enriches Quincy residents and will attract new people to town.