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7-Day Forecast: Macomb

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Currently in Macomb as of

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  • Barometer: 30.32 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:20
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  • Humidity: 93%
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7-Day Forecast: Jacksonville

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7-Day Forecast: Pittsfield

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  • Sunrise: 06:21
  • Sunset: 19:44
  • Humidity: 89%
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7-Day Forecast: Quincy

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Currently in Quincy as of

  • 38°(Feels like 34°)
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  • Wind: NW @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 30.29 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:23
  • Sunset: 19:46
  • Humidity: 82%
  • UV Index: 9.00

7-Day Forecast: Kirksville

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Currently in Kirksville as of

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  • Sunrise: 06:28
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  • Humidity: 96%
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7-Day Forecast: Keokuk Municipal

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Currently in Keokuk as of

  • 36°(Feels like 30°)
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  • Wind: N @ 7 mph
  • Barometer: 30.30 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:23
  • Sunset: 19:48
  • Humidity: 87%
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  • EIGHINGER: Another reason to love Quincy is all of those vanity license plates

    EIGHINGER: Another reason to love Quincy is all of those vanity license plates

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:13 AM EDT2014-04-16 13:13:02 GMT
    For more than 15 years, I have been addicted to those vanity license plates that are so popular in Quincy. And, as it turns out, the entire state of Illinois. Within a few hours of my first trip to Quincy in the late...
    For more than 15 years, I have been addicted to those vanity license plates that are so popular in Quincy. And, as it turns out, the entire state of Illinois. Within a few hours of my first trip to Quincy in the late...
  • O'BRIEN: Tale of the tape only mystery left in Knox County murder case

    O'BRIEN: Tale of the tape only mystery left in Knox County murder case

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 9:56 AM EDT2014-04-15 13:56:25 GMT
    As he lay in his farm field dying from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, Bill Bacon had one request as Knox County Sheriff Mike Kite tended to him. "Get the tape out of my pocket," Bacon allegedly told Kite after he had...
    As he lay in his farm field dying from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, Bill Bacon had one request as Knox County Sheriff Mike Kite tended to him. "Get the tape out of my pocket," Bacon allegedly told Kite after he had...
  • EIGHINGER: Gullible? Rarely have I met a hoax I didn't believe

    EIGHINGER: Gullible? Rarely have I met a hoax I didn't believe

    Monday, April 14 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-04-14 15:02:53 GMT
    I can remember 29 years ago this month like it was yesterday, opening up that magazine and saying aloud, to one in particular, "You've got to be kidding me." Famed sports author George Plimpton ...
    I can remember 29 years ago this month like it was yesterday, opening up that magazine and saying aloud, to one in particular, "You've got to be kidding me." Famed sports author George Plimpton ...
  • WILSON: Illinois school funding reform bill facing long odds in Legislature

    WILSON: Illinois school funding reform bill facing long odds in Legislature

    State Sen. Andy Manar's school funding bill has made it further in the Illinois Senate than most reform measures have in the past 35 years. The Democrat from Bunker Hill steered his bill through a committee on...
    State Sen. Andy Manar's school funding bill has made it further in the Illinois Senate than most reform measures have in the past 35 years. The Democrat from Bunker Hill steered his bill through a committee on...
  • O'BRIEN: There's youthful indiscretion, then there are these guys

    O'BRIEN: There's youthful indiscretion, then there are these guys

    Saturday, April 12 2014 12:47 AM EDT2014-04-12 04:47:58 GMT
    The youth are our future, right? After reading about a few incidents involving college-age folks, the future might not be so bright. It seems that bad judgment and alcohol go hand in hand. There's a reason why...
    The youth are our future, right? After reading about a few incidents involving college-age folks, the future might not be so bright. It seems that bad judgment and alcohol go hand in hand. There's a reason why...
  • ED HUSAR: Anyone interested in a free bridge? All you have to do is move it

    ED HUSAR: Anyone interested in a free bridge? All you have to do is move it

    Friday, April 11 2014 10:37 AM EDT2014-04-11 14:37:55 GMT
    Residents, take note. You can have your very own historic bridge that's eligible for listing the National Register of Historic Places -- for free. There's just one tiny hitch. ...
    Residents, take note. You can have your very own historic bridge that's eligible for listing the National Register of Historic Places -- for free. There's just one tiny hitch. ...
  • EIGHINGER: In this age of too much information, sometimes it is still not enough

    EIGHINGER: In this age of too much information, sometimes it is still not enough

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 9:46 AM EDT2014-04-09 13:46:00 GMT
    Maybe it is our own mortality that causes such a natural reflex, but who among us does not regularly check the local obituaries each day? For the most part, the same holds true when we see that a famous celebrity has...
    Maybe it is our own mortality that causes such a natural reflex, but who among us does not regularly check the local obituaries each day? For the most part, the same holds true when we see that a famous celebrity has...
  • O'BRIEN: Quincy couple's ballpark wedding takes Internet by storm

    O'BRIEN: Quincy couple's ballpark wedding takes Internet by storm

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-04-08 22:17:27 GMT
    By the time they boarded a plane in Boston on Saturday afternoon, Cody Anderson and Shannon Armitage were ready for a nap. The newlyweds had quite a first day of marriage. They woke up Friday morning, hit the Green...
    By the time they boarded a plane in Boston on Saturday afternoon, Cody Anderson and Shannon Armitage were ready for a nap. The newlyweds had quite a first day of marriage. They woke up Friday morning, hit the Green...
  • HOPF: No easy decisions in Moore's first budget

    HOPF: No easy decisions in Moore's first budget

    Sunday, April 6 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-04-06 13:00:16 GMT
    Mayor Kyle Moore is set to introduce the initial draft of the city's budget, the first of his administration, and while specific details have not been released, it isn't difficult to see what direction it may take. ...
    Mayor Kyle Moore is set to introduce the initial draft of the city's budget, the first of his administration, and while specific details have not been released, it isn't difficult to see what direction it may take. ...
  • O'Brien: Quincy's version of 'Sons of Anarchy' comes to an end

    O'Brien: Quincy's version of 'Sons of Anarchy' comes to an end

    Saturday, April 5 2014 12:42 AM EDT2014-04-05 04:42:59 GMT
    Adams County Assistant State's Attorney Josh Jones tried to make a point Thursday in Adams County Circuit Court. Jones was trying to convince Judge John Wooleyhan to send a third member of the Liberty-based Midwest...
    Adams County Assistant State's Attorney Josh Jones tried to make a point Thursday in Adams County Circuit Court. Jones was trying to convince Judge John Wooleyhan to send a third member of the Liberty-based Midwest...
  • D. HUSAR: Biscuit baker takes second in Hardee's competition

    D. HUSAR: Biscuit baker takes second in Hardee's competition

    Friday, April 4 2014 9:21 AM EDT2014-04-04 13:21:30 GMT
    Josh Riley knows a thing or two about making biscuits -- and he's got the plaque to prove it. Riley, one of two biscuit bakers at the 12th and Locust Hardee's, won the district and took second in last week's...
    Josh Riley knows a thing or two about making biscuits -- and he's got the plaque to prove it. Riley, one of two biscuit bakers at the 12th and Locust Hardee's, won the district and took second in last week's...
  • EIGHINGER: Most of today's generation cannot appreciate the homeliness of Andy Etchebarren

    EIGHINGER: Most of today's generation cannot appreciate the homeliness of Andy Etchebarren

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-04-02 13:35:52 GMT
    Andy Etchebarren will always hold a dear place in my heart. I always think about Andy at this time of year. That's because one of the rites of spring when I was growing up was always that much-anticipated trip to the...
    Andy Etchebarren will always hold a dear place in my heart. I always think about Andy at this time of year. That's because one of the rites of spring when I was growing up was always that much-anticipated trip to the...
  • O'BRIEN: April Fool's Day puts us all on guard for pranks

    O'BRIEN: April Fool's Day puts us all on guard for pranks

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 8:59 AM EDT2014-04-01 12:59:27 GMT
    The ruse Jeff Dorsey and Dennis Oliver dreamed up worked to perfection. It was April Fool's Day and the morning guys on Y101 radio wanted to have a little fun with their listeners a few years ago. When it was time...
    The ruse Jeff Dorsey and Dennis Oliver dreamed up worked to perfection. It was April Fool's Day and the morning guys on Y101 radio wanted to have a little fun with their listeners a few years ago. When it was time...
  • EIGHINGER: Cosby was right, it's other half who need the advice

    EIGHINGER: Cosby was right, it's other half who need the advice

    Sunday, March 30 2014 1:22 PM EDT2014-03-30 17:22:50 GMT
    Remember watching "The Cosby Show" on Thursday nights? The star of the show, Bill Cosby, was not only a great comedian but an even more profound philosopher. Cosby once said, "A word to the wise ain't necessary -- it's the stupid ones that need advice." My feelings exactly, which brings us to the March edition of "Morons of the Month."
    Remember watching "The Cosby Show" on Thursday nights? The star of the show, Bill Cosby, was not only a great comedian but an even more profound philosopher. Cosby once said, "A word to the wise ain't necessary -- it's the stupid ones that need advice." My feelings exactly, which brings us to the March edition of "Morons of the Month."
  • O'BRIEN: Quincy man killed in shooting accident a friend to many during his short life

    O'BRIEN: Quincy man killed in shooting accident a friend to many during his short life

    Sunday, March 30 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-03-30 17:21:03 GMT
    Austin Hermann entered each of their lives at a different point. To 19-year-old Spencer Wombles, Hermann had been his friend since he was 3 years old. They lived close to each other in the area of 16th and Payson on Quincy's south side. "He was the best friend anyone could have," Wombles said.
    Austin Hermann entered each of their lives at a different point. To 19-year-old Spencer Wombles, Hermann had been his friend since he was 3 years old. They lived close to each other in the area of 16th and Payson on Quincy's south side. "He was the best friend anyone could have," Wombles said.
  • WILSON: Illinois lawmakers caught between a tax and a hard place

    WILSON: Illinois lawmakers caught between a tax and a hard place

    Sunday, March 30 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-03-30 13:00:14 GMT
    Taxes are usually not popular with politicians during election years, but the 2014 election cycle in Illinois is shaping up as the exception, rather than the rule. Gov. Pat Quinn announced during last week's budget...
    Taxes are usually not popular with politicians during election years, but the 2014 election cycle in Illinois is shaping up as the exception, rather than the rule. Gov. Pat Quinn announced during last week's budget...
  • MENDERSKI: Cursing away automated answering machines

    MENDERSKI: Cursing away automated answering machines

    Friday, March 28 2014 8:50 AM EDT2014-03-28 12:50:01 GMT
    I'd like to say I've gotten use to hearing automated voices asking me to "press 1 for" or "say yes or no." I haven't. I won't. Forgive me corporate America - if I'm picking up the phone, I...
    I'd like to say I've gotten use to hearing automated voices asking me to "press 1 for" or "say yes or no." I haven't. I won't. Forgive me corporate America - if I'm picking up the phone, I...
  • EIGHINGER: Cigars, Red Stockings and Lawrence Welk all part of uncovered history

    EIGHINGER: Cigars, Red Stockings and Lawrence Welk all part of uncovered history

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 11:16 AM EDT2014-03-26 15:16:11 GMT
    Since I am not a native of the Quincy area, one of my ongoing quests since moving here almost 16 years ago was to learn as much as I could about my adopted hometown. I did not begin my life here, but barring any...
    Since I am not a native of the Quincy area, one of my ongoing quests since moving here almost 16 years ago was to learn as much as I could about my adopted hometown. I did not begin my life here, but barring any...
  • O'BRIEN: Quincy native leaves lasting legacy for those he left behind

    O'BRIEN: Quincy native leaves lasting legacy for those he left behind

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 8:55 AM EDT2014-03-25 12:55:20 GMT
    He hadn't done "The Stomp" in Quincy for a decade. To those who knew Mike Pasley, it seemed like he never left. "Paz" was still as curious about what was going on and was into the local sports scene as he was when he...
    He hadn't done "The Stomp" in Quincy for a decade. To those who knew Mike Pasley, it seemed like he never left. "Paz" was still as curious about what was going on and was into the local sports scene as he was when he...
  • HOPF: Low Democratic turnout shows struggle of local party

    HOPF: Low Democratic turnout shows struggle of local party

    Sunday, March 23 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-03-23 13:00:26 GMT
    While most of the attention in last Tuesday's Illinois primary election was focused on the four-way race for the Republican nomination for governor and the three-way race for the GOP nod for Adams County...
    While most of the attention in last Tuesday's Illinois primary election was focused on the four-way race for the Republican nomination for governor and the three-way race for the GOP nod for Adams County...
  • EIGHINGER: Someone has to worry about skim milk, MTV and The Mook

    EIGHINGER: Someone has to worry about skim milk, MTV and The Mook

    Saturday, March 22 2014 8:37 PM EDT2014-03-23 00:37:28 GMT
    Not too long ago, I read that "life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." I think Confucius said that. Maybe it was Yogi Berra. Either way, I wholeheartedly agree. I have always fashioned myself...
    Not too long ago, I read that "life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." I think Confucius said that. Maybe it was Yogi Berra. Either way, I wholeheartedly agree. I have always fashioned myself...
  • O'Brien: The older you get, the more you realize things aren't like they used to be

    O'Brien: The older you get, the more you realize things aren't like they used to be

    Friday, March 21 2014 9:09 PM EDT2014-03-22 01:09:46 GMT
    Seems that the older you get, the more sentimental you become. That should make sense. After all, how much sentiment can a 12-year-old have? You can't help but pine away a little bit for the "good ol' days" when life seemed simpler. One of the things that can take you back are old buildings. There's a certain sadness when you see grand old buildings fall to the wayside. There are accidents, like the untimely death of the Newcomb Hotel to a fire last year. There are planned demolitions...
    Seems that the older you get, the more sentimental you become. That should make sense. After all, how much sentiment can a 12-year-old have? You can't help but pine away a little bit for the "good ol' days" when life seemed simpler. One of the things that can take you back are old buildings. There's a certain sadness when you see grand old buildings fall to the wayside. There are accidents, like the untimely death of the Newcomb Hotel to a fire last year. There are planned demolitions...
  • E. HUSAR: Member's outspoken opinions liven up Curriculum Committee meetings

    E. HUSAR: Member's outspoken opinions liven up Curriculum Committee meetings

    Friday, March 21 2014 10:08 AM EDT2014-03-21 14:08:24 GMT
    Monthly meetings of the Quincy School Board's Curriculum Committee have become a lot more interesting since Lauren Kiest was appointed to the panel last summer. Kiest, a 1950 graduate of Quincy High School, is now in...
    Monthly meetings of the Quincy School Board's Curriculum Committee have become a lot more interesting since Lauren Kiest was appointed to the panel last summer. Kiest, a 1950 graduate of Quincy High School, is now in...
  • EIGHINGER: The thank you was for something the officer had no idea about

    EIGHINGER: The thank you was for something the officer had no idea about

    Wednesday, March 19 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-03-19 14:01:40 GMT
    Our youngest daughter, Melissa, husband David and their two young children had a horrible roadside experience on the way back from a Florida vacation. They were saved from an even worse circumstance than they encountered, due largely to the efforts of several Alabama state troopers ...
    Our youngest daughter, Melissa, husband David and their two young children had a horrible roadside experience on the way back from a Florida vacation. They were saved from an even worse circumstance than they encountered, due largely to the efforts of several Alabama state troopers ...
  • O'BRIEN: Like it or not, this is the golden age for 'selfie' photos

    O'BRIEN: Like it or not, this is the golden age for 'selfie' photos

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 9:39 AM EDT2014-03-18 13:39:10 GMT
    Cellphones were small cameras before they became mini computers. Who knows why manufacturers decided to put a camera function inside the phone? Maybe they thought we were all too sick of playing that silly snake game that...
    Cellphones were small cameras before they became mini computers. Who knows why manufacturers decided to put a camera function inside the phone? Maybe they thought we were all too sick of playing that silly snake game that...
  • EIGHINGER: There's just something about an end-of-winter lunch with a friend

    EIGHINGER: There's just something about an end-of-winter lunch with a friend

    Saturday, March 15 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-03-16 01:51:13 GMT
    There's always something inviting about breaking bread with friends and acquaintances at the end of winter. The still-cold weather outside and the warm food within is a natural recipe for good conversation. Here are...
    There's always something inviting about breaking bread with friends and acquaintances at the end of winter. The still-cold weather outside and the warm food within is a natural recipe for good conversation. Here are...
  • O'BRIEN: Have a good excuse if you're going to show up late for work

    O'BRIEN: Have a good excuse if you're going to show up late for work

    Saturday, March 15 2014 1:01 AM EDT2014-03-15 05:01:31 GMT
    By the time we all walk back into the office on Monday, we'll be hit with a blizzard of sorts. The NCAA Tournament bracket will be released on Sunday night, and whether you're a basketball fan or not, you're...
    By the time we all walk back into the office on Monday, we'll be hit with a blizzard of sorts. The NCAA Tournament bracket will be released on Sunday night, and whether you're a basketball fan or not, you're...
  • D. HUSAR: Transforming education by building workplace skills

    D. HUSAR: Transforming education by building workplace skills

    Friday, March 14 2014 9:53 AM EDT2014-03-14 13:53:31 GMT
    Craig Lindvahl never meant to transform the educational process. The longtime Effingham filmmaker, musician and teacher just wanted a way for students to build basic skills for the future like collaboration ...
    Craig Lindvahl never meant to transform the educational process. The longtime Effingham filmmaker, musician and teacher just wanted a way for students to build basic skills for the future like collaboration ...
  • EIGHINGER: The Monkees, Grass Roots, Chicago overlooked for too long by Rock Hall of Fame

    EIGHINGER: The Monkees, Grass Roots, Chicago overlooked for too long by Rock Hall of Fame

    Tuesday, March 11 2014 10:52 PM EDT2014-03-12 02:52:14 GMT
    Some people become upset at who does -- and does not -- win an Oscar. Others become irritated about selections to the baseball or pro football halls of fame. What upsets me the most is the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination and selection process. For the life of me, I can't figure out why certain bands and artists have not been inducted since the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame became a reality almost 30 years ago. I have my own personal list of overlooked acts I believe should ...
    Some people become upset at who does -- and does not -- win an Oscar. Others become irritated about selections to the baseball or pro football halls of fame. What upsets me the most is the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination and selection process. For the life of me, I can't figure out why certain bands and artists have not been inducted since the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame became a reality almost 30 years ago. I have my own personal list of overlooked acts I believe should ...
  • O'BRIEN: New Jersey teen makes case as poster child for spoiled brats

    O'BRIEN: New Jersey teen makes case as poster child for spoiled brats

    Tuesday, March 11 2014 9:06 AM EDT2014-03-11 13:06:03 GMT
    As a parent, it's only natural that you want the best for your child. You clothe them, feed them and put a roof over their head. You hope that you can mold them into being a productive member of society, one who obeys...
    As a parent, it's only natural that you want the best for your child. You clothe them, feed them and put a roof over their head. You hope that you can mold them into being a productive member of society, one who obeys...
  • HOPF: Progressive tax discussion starts statewide and locally as temporary tax set to expire

    HOPF: Progressive tax discussion starts statewide and locally as temporary tax set to expire

    Sunday, March 9 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-03-09 13:00:13 GMT
    A proposal to amend the Illinois Constitution to allow a progressive income tax is starting to generate discussion statewide, including locally, as the state's individual rate of 5 percent is set
    A proposal to amend the Illinois Constitution to allow a progressive income tax is starting to generate discussion statewide, including locally, as the state's individual rate of 5 percent is set to drop to 3.75...
  • EIGHINGER: Sooner or later, something important happens on every date

    EIGHINGER: Sooner or later, something important happens on every date

    Sunday, March 9 2014 3:08 AM EDT2014-03-09 07:08:38 GMT
    It’s always been my contention that every day is important and that something of consequence always occurs. We might not know it until years later, but when history eventually reveals itself we’re often surprised. Some dates are etched in stone — Sept. 11, 2001, or Dec. 7, 1941 — but what about a relatively nondescript stop on the calendar such as today, March 9? 
    It’s always been my contention that every day is important and that something of consequence always occurs. We might not know it until years later, but when history eventually reveals itself we’re often surprised. Some dates are etched in stone — Sept. 11, 2001, or Dec. 7, 1941 — but what about a relatively nondescript stop on the calendar such as today, March 9? 
  • O'BRIEN: What beats courtroom drama? A good lawsuit

    O'BRIEN: What beats courtroom drama? A good lawsuit

    Saturday, March 8 2014 12:52 AM EST2014-03-08 05:52:49 GMT
    There's really nothing like the drama a courtroom provides. Lives hang in the balance every day in courtrooms throughout the country. Many cases are serious, while others might not be so life-and-death. Almost all are pretty interesting, giving us a look at how our fellow man operates. Here's a look at a few cases this past week that caught my eye:
    There's really nothing like the drama a courtroom provides. Lives hang in the balance every day in courtrooms throughout the country. Many cases are serious, while others might not be so life-and-death. Almost all are pretty interesting, giving us a look at how our fellow man operates. Here's a look at a few cases this past week that caught my eye:
  • MENDERSKI: Glad my partner in bed is still there, despite causing occasional restless nights

    MENDERSKI: Glad my partner in bed is still there, despite causing occasional restless nights

    Friday, March 7 2014 9:01 AM EST2014-03-07 14:01:52 GMT
    I've slept with the same companion every night for a decade. Sure, my companion's look and appearance has changed a bit since my sophomore year of high school. I've gone from a Nokia brick to a Razor knock-off to an iPhone ...
    I've slept with the same companion every night for a decade. Sure, my companion's look and appearance has changed a bit since my sophomore year of high school. I've gone from a Nokia brick to a Razor knock-off to an iPhone ...
  • EIGHINGER: 'He wouldn't elaborate on why he was wearing somebody else's pants'

    EIGHINGER: 'He wouldn't elaborate on why he was wearing somebody else's pants'

    Wednesday, March 5 2014 9:07 AM EST2014-03-05 14:07:39 GMT
    Just because much of the country has been blanketed in cold weather in recent weeks does not mean "Morons of the Month" candidates opted to stay indoors. Those who make questionable decisions in life are like those who...
    Just because much of the country has been blanketed in cold weather in recent weeks does not mean "Morons of the Month" candidates opted to stay indoors. Those who make questionable decisions in life are like those who...
  • O'BRIEN: Scammers forcing everyone to keep their guard up

    O'BRIEN: Scammers forcing everyone to keep their guard up

    Tuesday, March 4 2014 9:12 AM EST2014-03-04 14:12:28 GMT
    The woman's story was a sad one. She said she only needed $4 to get some generic medicine at a local pharmacy. She said she had been to all of the local agencies that could have helped her, but had been turned away. ...
    The woman's story was a sad one. She said she only needed $4 to get some generic medicine at a local pharmacy. She said she had been to all of the local agencies that could have helped her, but had been turned away. ...
  • WILSON: Quincy native Mark Palmer lauches new green venture

    WILSON: Quincy native Mark Palmer lauches new green venture

    Sunday, March 2 2014 10:00 AM EST2014-03-02 15:00:17 GMT
    Quincy native Mark Palmer is ready to embark on a new venture focusing on environmentally friendly projects. Palmer, 41, will team up with Jerome Ringo -- a pioneer in the environmental movement
    Quincy native Mark Palmer is ready to embark on a new venture focusing on environmentally friendly projects. Palmer, 41, will team up with Jerome Ringo -- a pioneer in the environmental movement -- to create The Ringo...
  • EIGHINGER: Most of those deep thoughts about winter are pure bunk

    EIGHINGER: Most of those deep thoughts about winter are pure bunk

    Saturday, March 1 2014 8:00 PM EST2014-03-02 01:00:13 GMT
    For weeks, maybe even months, I have tried to keep a smile on my face about the winter weather and all of the cold and snow that comes with it. I'm done smiling. And when I'm done smiling about
    For weeks, maybe even months, I have tried to keep a smile on my face about the winter weather and all of the cold and snow that comes with it. I'm done smiling. And when I'm done smiling about a particular...
  • O'BRIEN: Welcome to the most wonderful month of the year

    O'BRIEN: Welcome to the most wonderful month of the year

    Friday, February 28 2014 7:13 PM EST2014-03-01 00:13:56 GMT
    With winter storm watches and warnings in the air, it's hard to believe that March is here. Yes, we'll all be getting out our snow shovel -- or in Steve Eighinger's case, letting his wife use the snow
    With winter storm watches and warnings in the air, it's hard to believe that March is here. Yes, we'll all be getting out our snow shovel -- or in Steve Eighinger's case, letting his wife use the snow blower...
  • WILSON: Most happy endings require us to take active role in the story

    WILSON: Most happy endings require us to take active role in the story

    Friday, February 28 2014 10:48 AM EST2014-02-28 15:48:08 GMT
    Visions of gold sparkled in millions of people’s minds this week when they read or heard about the couple from California that found buried treasure worth an estimated $10 million.The Associated Press provided enough details for readers ...
    Visions of gold sparkled in millions of people’s minds this week when they read or heard about the couple from California that found buried treasure worth an estimated $10 million.The Associated Press provided enough details for readers ...
  • EIGHINGER: Sometimes you get what you wish for

    EIGHINGER: Sometimes you get what you wish for

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 8:00 AM EST2014-02-26 13:00:20 GMT
    It won't be long until the winter snows are little more than a distant -- and unwanted -- memory, especially for one particular person. My wife will likely remember the winter of 2013-14 as the one that saw one of her wishes come true, much to her chagrin.
    It won't be long until the winter snows are little more than a distant -- and unwanted -- memory, especially for one particular person. My wife will likely remember the winter of 2013-14 as the one that saw one of...
  • O'BRIEN: Join the club if you pay more attention to the label than the freshness of your food

    O'BRIEN: Join the club if you pay more attention to the label than the freshness of your food

    Tuesday, February 25 2014 9:04 AM EST2014-02-25 14:04:37 GMT
    The big bags of donuts at the front of the grocery store looked enticing enough last week. Just 99 cents for enough powdered donuts to feed a Little League baseball team was a heck of a deal. There was just one tiny...
    The big bags of donuts at the front of the grocery store looked enticing enough last week. Just 99 cents for enough powdered donuts to feed a Little League baseball team was a heck of a deal. There was just one tiny...
  • EIGHINGER: Will warm weather solve everything? Not so fast, my friend

    EIGHINGER: Will warm weather solve everything? Not so fast, my friend

    Saturday, February 22 2014 11:27 PM EST2014-02-23 04:27:55 GMT
    People who watch a lot of college football are probably familiar with Lee Corso, the 70-ish ex-coach whose favorite phrase as an analyst for ESPN is, "Not so fast, my friend!" Those are the first words that always run...
    People who watch a lot of college football are probably familiar with Lee Corso, the 70-ish ex-coach whose favorite phrase as an analyst for ESPN is, "Not so fast, my friend!" Those are the first words that always run...
  • O'BRIEN: Proposed Illinois soft drink tax hopefully will fizz out

    O'BRIEN: Proposed Illinois soft drink tax hopefully will fizz out

    Saturday, February 22 2014 12:06 AM EST2014-02-22 05:06:45 GMT
    The debate sparked again earlier this week. I had asked someone what happened to all of the pop that had been in the back shop for a Herald-Whig promotion. "That's right," the person said without answering my...
    The debate sparked again earlier this week. I had asked someone what happened to all of the pop that had been in the back shop for a Herald-Whig promotion. "That's right," the person said without answering my...
  • HOPF: Becoming comfortable with the idea of starting a family

    HOPF: Becoming comfortable with the idea of starting a family

    Friday, February 21 2014 10:21 AM EST2014-02-21 15:21:16 GMT
    It does not take long in a marriage when couples will be asked the same question: "When are you going to start a family?" For my wife and I, that question started even before we even picked out wedding rings. Holding my...
    It does not take long in a marriage when couples will be asked the same question: "When are you going to start a family?" For my wife and I, that question started even before we even picked out wedding rings. Holding my...
  • EIGHINGER: Sure, it's been a nasty winter, but Quincy is still the best place to be

    EIGHINGER: Sure, it's been a nasty winter, but Quincy is still the best place to be

    Wednesday, February 19 2014 8:40 AM EST2014-02-19 13:40:14 GMT
    Stop complaining. Sure, it's been a rough winter, but it could always have been worse. Every so often I like to put together a list why it's better to be in Quincy than most other parts of the world, and this is one of those times. Subject No. 1: Freezing rain, slippery roads.
    Stop complaining. Sure, it's been a rough winter, but it could always have been worse. Every so often I like to put together a list why it's better to be in Quincy than most other parts of the world, and this is one of those times. Subject No. 1: Freezing rain, slippery roads.
  • O'BRIEN: Making a plea for more creative obituaries

    O'BRIEN: Making a plea for more creative obituaries

    Tuesday, February 18 2014 9:54 AM EST2014-02-18 14:54:38 GMT
    If asked to give a reason why people pick up the newspaper, reading the obituaries ranks in the top three. It’s the place people check to see if anyone they know has died. The older people get, the closer many of them look at the page, if for no other reason than to make sure their name isn’t on it. ...
    If asked to give a reason why people pick up the newspaper, reading the obituaries ranks in the top three. It’s the place people check to see if anyone they know has died. The older people get, the closer many of them look at the page, if for no other reason than to make sure their name isn’t on it. ...
  • O'BRIEN: Get ready for the next big thing in communications -- the smartwatch

    O'BRIEN: Get ready for the next big thing in communications -- the smartwatch

    There was something cool about being able to talk to someone through your watch 30 years ago. Michael Knight used to communicate with KITT on "Knight Rider" by talking into something on his wrist. The David Hasselhoff character was far from the first person to use a wrist watch as a communications device. Folks from Dick Tracy to Maxwell Smart to George Jetson to Capt. James T. Kirk with the starship USS Enterprise used communications devices on their wrist. Heck, even the kids on the ...
    There was something cool about being able to talk to someone through your watch 30 years ago. Michael Knight used to communicate with KITT on "Knight Rider" by talking into something on his wrist. The David Hasselhoff character was far from the first person to use a wrist watch as a communications device. Folks from Dick Tracy to Maxwell Smart to George Jetson to Capt. James T. Kirk with the starship USS Enterprise used communications devices on their wrist. Heck, even the kids on the ...
  • EIGHINGER: Sometimes the best-laid plans wind up taking a backseat

    EIGHINGER: Sometimes the best-laid plans wind up taking a backseat

    Most relationships reach a point when the hopeless romantic has to take a backseat. I think Mrs. Steve and yours truly may have unintentionally reached that period of our marriage. Why, you ask? Well, with me being the hopeless romantic part of the relationship, I had big plans for this weekend, starting with Valentine's Day on Friday. I had visions of a "Valentine's Weekend," starting with taking Mrs. Steve out for a nice dinner on Friday night. Those plans were quickly dashed. I pl...
    Most relationships reach a point when the hopeless romantic has to take a backseat. I think Mrs. Steve and yours truly may have unintentionally reached that period of our marriage. Why, you ask? Well, with me being the hopeless romantic part of the relationship, I had big plans for this weekend, starting with Valentine's Day on Friday. I had visions of a "Valentine's Weekend," starting with taking Mrs. Steve out for a nice dinner on Friday night. Those plans were quickly dashed. I pl...
  • HUSAR: Naperville train crash leaves haunting memories for Quincyan who lost her mother

    HUSAR: Naperville train crash leaves haunting memories for Quincyan who lost her mother

    Friday, February 14 2014 8:43 AM EST2014-02-14 13:43:44 GMT
    A recent story in The Herald-Whig about a 1946 train crash that killed 45 people, including a dozen from the Quincy area, struck a nerve with many readers. None more so than Mary Lou Morrow of Quincy. Morrow's mother, Mary Langen, was one of seven Quincyans killed in the Naperville crash. The horrific accident -- one of the worst railroad disasters in U.S. history -- took place April 25, 1946. It involved two westbound trains on the same tracks soon after they departed Chicago's Union...
    A recent story in The Herald-Whig about a 1946 train crash that killed 45 people, including a dozen from the Quincy area, struck a nerve with many readers. None more so than Mary Lou Morrow of Quincy. Morrow's mother, Mary Langen, was one of seven Quincyans killed in the Naperville crash. The horrific accident -- one of the worst railroad disasters in U.S. history -- took place April 25, 1946. It involved two westbound trains on the same tracks soon after they departed Chicago's Union...
  • EIGHINGER: Nothing says Winter Olympics like those Siberian temperatures

    EIGHINGER: Nothing says Winter Olympics like those Siberian temperatures

    Wednesday, February 12 2014 8:00 AM EST2014-02-12 13:00:22 GMT
    Are you suffering from Winter Olympics overdose yet? We're less than a week into NBC's wall-to-wall coverage from Sochi and I already feel like I'm an expert on things like slopestyle snowboarding and the amazing biathlon, which somehow manages to combine shooting a rifle with cross-country skiing. Is it just me, or do these Olympics have a weird sort of feel to them? I think it's mostly because of all the attention paid to items such as unfinished construction in Sochi and the ever-p...
    Are you suffering from Winter Olympics overdose yet? We're less than a week into NBC's wall-to-wall coverage from Sochi and I already feel like I'm an expert on things like slopestyle snowboarding and the amazing biathlon, which somehow manages to combine shooting a rifle with cross-country skiing. Is it just me, or do these Olympics have a weird sort of feel to them? I think it's mostly because of all the attention paid to items such as unfinished construction in Sochi and the ever-p...
  • O'BRIEN: Missouri football star set to blaze important trail for gay athletes

    O'BRIEN: Missouri football star set to blaze important trail for gay athletes

    Tuesday, February 11 2014 12:28 PM EST2014-02-11 17:28:10 GMT
    An unmarried couple lived a few doors down from us on Lincoln Park Drive when I was growing up. They were on my paper route. I used to see them every now and then, but they were busy people. One of them was a teacher, but I never figured out what the other did. They didn't bother anyone and always left a good Christmas tip, which is all you really care about as a 13-year-old paperboy.
    An unmarried couple lived a few doors down from us on Lincoln Park Drive when I was growing up. They were on my paper route. I used to see them every now and then, but they were busy people. One of them was a teacher, but I never figured out what the other did. They didn't bother anyone and always left a good Christmas tip, which is all you really care about as a 13-year-old paperboy.
  • HOPF: Snow removal complaints highlight staffing shortages at Central Services as administrations tout job cuts

    HOPF: Snow removal complaints highlight staffing shortages at Central Services as administrations tout job cuts

    Sunday, February 9 2014 10:00 AM EST2014-02-09 15:00:16 GMT
    Dealing with multiple snow and ice storms and arctic-like temperatures has made for a difficult winter for Central Services crews in the city of Quincy. Reducing the number of employees in the department
    Dealing with multiple snow and ice storms and arctic-like temperatures has made for a difficult winter for Central Services crews in the city of Quincy. Reducing the number of employees in the department over the past...
  • EIGHINGER: Crafting a list of top songs by the Beatles? Oh yeah, yeah, yeah

    EIGHINGER: Crafting a list of top songs by the Beatles? Oh yeah, yeah, yeah

    Saturday, February 8 2014 11:56 PM EST2014-02-09 04:56:20 GMT
    What were you doing 50 years ago tonight? If you are old enough to remember, I would guess quite a few were parked in front of an old black-and-white television, probably with your parents watching "The Ed Sullivan Show." That was the night -- Feb. 9, 1964 -- that changed the world of popular culture in so many ways. The Beatles' first American television performance is considered one of the key moments for the generation that labels itself the baby boomers. We have devoted quite a bi...
    What were you doing 50 years ago tonight? If you are old enough to remember, I would guess quite a few were parked in front of an old black-and-white television, probably with your parents watching "The Ed Sullivan Show." That was the night -- Feb. 9, 1964 -- that changed the world of popular culture in so many ways. The Beatles' first American television performance is considered one of the key moments for the generation that labels itself the baby boomers. We have devoted quite a bi...
  • O'Brien: Ex-JWCC, QU basketball star now stuck in war-torn Iraq

    O'Brien: Ex-JWCC, QU basketball star now stuck in war-torn Iraq

    Saturday, February 8 2014 2:03 AM EST2014-02-08 07:03:00 GMT
    Joel Box has used his basketball skills to see the world. The former John Wood Community College and Quincy University star has spent much of his time playing in overseas leagues since he graduated in 2007. Box, a 6-foot-9 forward from Rockford, has played in places many of us might shy away from. He has spent most of his pro career in the Middle East -- Oman, Jordan, Bahrain, Lebanon and Kuwait. He signed up this season with Al Karkh, a pro team in Iraq. In the best shape of his life,...
    Joel Box has used his basketball skills to see the world. The former John Wood Community College and Quincy University star has spent much of his time playing in overseas leagues since he graduated in 2007. Box, a 6-foot-9 forward from Rockford, has played in places many of us might shy away from. He has spent most of his pro career in the Middle East -- Oman, Jordan, Bahrain, Lebanon and Kuwait. He signed up this season with Al Karkh, a pro team in Iraq. In the best shape of his life,...
  • O'BRIEN: Giving a like to Facebook on its 10th birthday

    O'BRIEN: Giving a like to Facebook on its 10th birthday

    Tuesday, February 4 2014 9:27 AM EST2014-02-04 14:27:08 GMT
    Checking Facebook is as routine a part of many people's days as brushing their teeth. The social networking giant has more than a billion users worldwide. There's no telling how many selfies that adds up to. It...
    Checking Facebook is as routine a part of many people's days as brushing their teeth. The social networking giant has more than a billion users worldwide. There's no telling how many selfies that adds up to. It...
  • WILSON: Quinn, Madigan not working from same playbook on Illinois jobs proposals

    WILSON: Quinn, Madigan not working from same playbook on Illinois jobs proposals

    Sunday, February 2 2014 9:00 AM EST2014-02-02 14:00:13 GMT
    Gov. Pat Quinn and Speaker of the House Michael Madigan are on a collision course. The two Chicago Democrats appear to agree on making jobs a priority for this year, but that's not exactly what's
    Gov. Pat Quinn and Speaker of the House Michael Madigan are on a collision course. The two Chicago Democrats appear to agree on making jobs a priority for this year, but that's not exactly what's happening. ...
  • EIGHINGER: Remembering sports morons ... and let's not forget Norman's brother, Albert

    EIGHINGER: Remembering sports morons ... and let's not forget Norman's brother, Albert

    Saturday, February 1 2014 9:50 PM EST2014-02-02 02:50:23 GMT
    I like to take a break once a year from the norm when it comes to our "Morons of the Month" selections, instead offering somewhat of a special edition to celebrate questionable actions, speech and overall judgment. ...
    I like to take a break once a year from the norm when it comes to our "Morons of the Month" selections, instead offering somewhat of a special edition to celebrate questionable actions, speech and overall judgment. ...
  • O'BRIEN: Trying to figure out the mystery of the Jefferson School time capsule

    O'BRIEN: Trying to figure out the mystery of the Jefferson School time capsule

    Saturday, February 1 2014 3:19 PM EST2014-02-01 20:19:35 GMT
    People on the Internet can be the worst at times. The Internet can be filled with Web warriors who flex their muscles by anonymously firing potshots. One of my platforms when I run for president will be requiring a type of FOID card for Internet ...
    People on the Internet can be the worst at times. The Internet can be filled with Web warriors who flex their muscles by anonymously firing potshots. One of my platforms when I run for president will be requiring a type of FOID card for Internet ...
  • MENDERSKI: Quincy offers a different kind of sightseeing

    MENDERSKI: Quincy offers a different kind of sightseeing

    Friday, January 31 2014 9:25 AM EST2014-01-31 14:25:51 GMT
    A few months ago I snapped a picture of the New York skyline from the kitchen window of my best friend's Upper East Side apartment. I tweeted it. I Facebooked it. I let my whole social media world know I was...
    A few months ago I snapped a picture of the New York skyline from the kitchen window of my best friend's Upper East Side apartment. I tweeted it. I Facebooked it. I let my whole social media world know I was...
  • EIGHINGER: Enjoy the moment, because ... you just don't know

    EIGHINGER: Enjoy the moment, because ... you just don't know

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 9:52 AM EST2014-01-29 14:52:30 GMT
    Every so often there is a part of my former life back in Ohio that reaches out when I least expect it. And sometimes it hurts. Keith Dambrot, now the basketball coach at the University of Akron, was one of my closest...
    Every so often there is a part of my former life back in Ohio that reaches out when I least expect it. And sometimes it hurts. Keith Dambrot, now the basketball coach at the University of Akron, was one of my closest...
  • O'BRIEN: Addiction to methamphetamine doesn't have to be a life sentence

    O'BRIEN: Addiction to methamphetamine doesn't have to be a life sentence

    Tuesday, January 28 2014 9:00 AM EST2014-01-28 14:00:36 GMT
    When Ashley Epperson needs a reminder of what life was once like for her, all she has to do is reach for her scrapbook. Inside of it are stories written about her struggle with methamphetamine. For the better part of seven years, the drug had a hold on ...
    When Ashley Epperson needs a reminder of what life was once like for her, all she has to do is reach for her scrapbook. Inside of it are stories written about her struggle with methamphetamine. For the better part of seven years, the drug had a hold on ...
  • HOPF: Streetscape grants allowed TIF money to fund Newcomb cleanup

    HOPF: Streetscape grants allowed TIF money to fund Newcomb cleanup

    Sunday, January 26 2014 9:00 AM EST2014-01-26 14:00:13 GMT
    The city of Quincy will lean on its tax increment financing fund to pay BSB Development Inc. the $441,224 necessary for the cleanup of the former Newcomb Hotel site. It's a good thing the money is
    The city of Quincy will lean on its tax increment financing fund to pay BSB Development Inc. the $441,224 necessary for the cleanup of the former Newcomb Hotel site. It's a good thing the money is available, because...
  • EIGHINGER: Go with my Valentine's Day plan, and she'll love you forever

    EIGHINGER: Go with my Valentine's Day plan, and she'll love you forever

    Sunday, January 26 2014 1:42 AM EST2014-01-26 06:42:12 GMT
    Here's my foolproof plan for Valentine's Day, and it's actually an idea that works.
    Here's my foolproof plan for Valentine's Day, and it's actually an idea that works.
  • O'BRIEN: Parents need to learn when to ease off accelerator when it comes to kids' activities

    O'BRIEN: Parents need to learn when to ease off accelerator when it comes to kids' activities

    Saturday, January 25 2014 1:03 AM EST2014-01-25 06:03:30 GMT
    My 9-year-old son wanted nothing to do with soccer. He was spent. And you couldn't blame him. My wife and I finally figured out that we have been overscheduling him.
    My 9-year-old son wanted nothing to do with soccer. He was spent. And you couldn't blame him. My wife and I finally figured out that we have been overscheduling him.
  • WILSON: New pup scopes out household, meets his adopted humans

    WILSON: New pup scopes out household, meets his adopted humans

    Friday, January 24 2014 9:20 AM EST2014-01-24 14:20:47 GMT
    My wife's newest pet nearly has us trained. Barkley entered the Wilson household early this month and began barking out orders immediately. The French bulldog pup also happens to be the son of Dozer -- the 5-year-old...
    My wife's newest pet nearly has us trained. Barkley entered the Wilson household early this month and began barking out orders immediately. The French bulldog pup also happens to be the son of Dozer -- the 5-year-old...
  • HOPF: Staying the course on the Newcomb can be frustrating

    HOPF: Staying the course on the Newcomb can be frustrating

    Monday, August 26 2013 11:54 PM EDT2013-08-27 03:54:39 GMT
    The continued deterioration of the downtown Newcomb Hotel is a point of frustration for nearly every single elected official in Quincy, and it does not appear there will be a positive resolution anytime
    The continued deterioration of the downtown Newcomb Hotel is a point of frustration for nearly every single elected official in Quincy, and it does not appear there will be a positive resolution anytime soon. The city is...
  • HOPF: Woman peels back layers kept secret in trying to connect with long-lost aunt

    HOPF: Woman peels back layers kept secret in trying to connect with long-lost aunt

    Friday, March 29 2013 8:34 AM EDT2013-03-29 12:34:04 GMT
    Discovering a long-lost family connection can be a thrilling experience, but it can also be an emotional one. While searching through some online criminal records made available by the Minnesota
    Discovering a long-lost family connection can be a thrilling experience, but it can also be an emotional one. While searching through some online criminal records made available by the Minnesota Historical Society, Patsy...
  • O'BRIEN: Pittsfield native trying to catch in pro wrestling circles

    O'BRIEN: Pittsfield native trying to catch in pro wrestling circles

    Saturday, February 9 2013 3:08 AM EST2013-02-09 08:08:20 GMT
    For seven years, Brad Fox was part of the rat race. He did the 9-to-5 thing, working as a stock broker in St. Louis. The money was fine, but it wasn't what the Pittsfield native wanted to do.
    For seven years, Brad Fox was part of the rat race. He did the 9-to-5 thing, working as a stock broker in St. Louis. The money was fine, but it wasn't what the Pittsfield native wanted to do. About eight months ago, he...
  • O'BRIEN: End of political smack talk is almost here

    O'BRIEN: End of political smack talk is almost here

    Tuesday, October 30 2012 5:01 AM EDT2012-10-30 09:01:08 GMT
    While watching the 10 o'clock news on Friday night, an advertisement came on for one of our area health care providers. Just a few seconds into the ad, I was waiting for the attack.
    While watching the 10 o'clock news on Friday night, an advertisement came on for one of our area health care providers. Just a few seconds into the ad, I was waiting for the attack. "I love these guys because the other guys stink," I expected the ad to tell me. Of course, the ad went nothing like that.
  • EIGHINGER: Beatles were not the only big thing 50 years ago

    EIGHINGER: Beatles were not the only big thing 50 years ago

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 9:51 AM EST2014-02-05 14:51:36 GMT
    Much of the world is wrapped up this week in the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' invasion of America and their first live appearance on U.S. television. Well, everyone over the age of 50 or so, that is. What is equally interesting, however, ...
    Much of the world is wrapped up this week in the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' invasion of America and their first live appearance on U.S. television. Well, everyone over the age of 50 or so, that is. What is equally interesting, however, ...
  • D. HUSAR: Things going bump in the night? Might be a frost quake outside

    D. HUSAR: Things going bump in the night? Might be a frost quake outside

    Friday, February 7 2014 10:16 AM EST2014-02-07 15:16:05 GMT
    Maybe there's truth in the old worry about things going bump in the night. Residents of West-Central Illinois, Northeast Missouri and beyond are reporting bumps, thuds and assorted noises that scientists say are...
    Maybe there's truth in the old worry about things going bump in the night. Residents of West-Central Illinois, Northeast Missouri and beyond are reporting bumps, thuds and assorted noises that scientists say are...
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