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7-Day Forecast: Quincy

Thursday
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  • 18°
  • 10°

Mainly sunny

Friday
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  • 40°
  • 28°

Mainly sunny

Saturday
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  • 50°
  • 27°

Sunshine

Sunday
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  • 50°
  • 29°

A few clouds

Monday
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  • 52°
  • 34°

Sunny

Tuesday
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  • 60°
  • 41°

Mainly sunny

Wednesday
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  • 62°
  • 45°

Mainly sunny

Currently in Quincy as of

  • 14°(Feels like 0°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: NNW @ 13 mph
  • Barometer: 30.58 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:32:56 am
  • Sunset: 06:01:39 pm
  • Humidity: 59
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 4

7-Day Forecast: Macomb

Thursday
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  • 13°

Sunshine

Friday
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  • 40°
  • 29°

Partly cloudy

Saturday
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  • 47°
  • 27°

Abundant sunshine

Sunday
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  • 50°
  • 28°

Plenty of sun

Monday
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  • 50°
  • 34°

Abundant sunshine

Tuesday
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  • 58°
  • 38°

Sunshine

Wednesday
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  • 60°
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Sunshine

Currently in Macomb as of

  • 11°(Feels like -3°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: NW @ 12 mph
  • Barometer: 30.59 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:30:18 am
  • Sunset: 05:58:21 pm
  • Humidity: 62
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 4

7-Day Forecast: Pittsfield

Thursday
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  • 20°
  • 10°

Sunshine

Friday
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  • 44°
  • 32°

A few clouds

Saturday
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  • 53°
  • 31°

Abundant sunshine

Sunday
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  • 54°
  • 28°

Times of sun and clouds

Monday
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  • 54°
  • 33°

Sunny

Tuesday
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  • 61°
  • 40°

Mainly sunny

Wednesday
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  • 67°
  • 41°

Mainly sunny

Currently in Pittsfield as of

  • 18°(Feels like 6°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: W @ 12 mph, gusting to 16 mph
  • Barometer: 30.57 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:30:15 am
  • Sunset: 05:59:25 pm
  • Humidity: 56
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 4

7-Day Forecast: Hannibal

Thursday
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  • 22°
  • 13°

Abundant sunshine

Friday
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  • 47°
  • 34°

A few clouds

Saturday
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  • 54°
  • 31°

Sunshine

Sunday
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  • 57°
  • 29°

Partly cloudy

Monday
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  • 55°
  • 34°

Sunny

Tuesday
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  • 62°
  • 41°

Sunshine

Wednesday
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  • 64°
  • 43°

Mainly sunny

Currently in Hannibal as of

  • 21°(Feels like 11°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: W @ 9 mph
  • Barometer: 30.57 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:32:59 am
  • Sunset: 06:01:59 pm
  • Humidity: 46
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 4

Regional Conditions

Quincy
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Macomb
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Pittsfield
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Hannibal
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  • EIGHINGER: Time to head to the Rocky Mountains?

    EIGHINGER: Time to head to the Rocky Mountains?

    Thursday, March 5 2015 10:28 AM EST2015-03-05 15:28:17 GMT
    At first, I was amused when I saw the story. And then I wondered whether the resources and time spent on this "project" could have been funneled in a more important direction. Here's the scoop: The Cornell...
    At first, I was amused when I saw the story. And then I wondered whether the resources and time spent on this "project" could have been funneled in a more important direction. Here's the scoop: The Cornell...
  • E. HUSAR: Macomb native finally getting recognition for role in creating Monopoly game

    E. HUSAR: Macomb native finally getting recognition for role in creating Monopoly game

    Wednesday, March 4 2015 10:16 AM EST2015-03-04 15:16:18 GMT
    Columnist Ed HusarColumnist Ed Husar
    Millions of people grew up playing the board game Monopoly. But many in the area might be surprised to learn the game was initiated more than a century ago by a woman from Macomb. This revelation came to light in a...
    Millions of people grew up playing the board game Monopoly. But many in the area might be surprised to learn the game was initiated more than a century ago by a woman from Macomb. This revelation came to light in a...
  • O'BRIEN: Pining away for toys from days past to return to prominence

    O'BRIEN: Pining away for toys from days past to return to prominence

    Tuesday, March 3 2015 11:41 AM EST2015-03-03 16:41:51 GMT
    The television commercial told us Slinkys were fun for a girl or a boy, but getting a Slinky to successfully go down a set of stairs was quite an accomplishment when you're a kid. I'm still not sure that I've...
    The television commercial told us Slinkys were fun for a girl or a boy, but getting a Slinky to successfully go down a set of stairs was quite an accomplishment when you're a kid. I'm still not sure that I've...
  • EIGHINGER: A moronic collection of manure, guns and plastic surgery

    EIGHINGER: A moronic collection of manure, guns and plastic surgery

    Monday, March 2 2015 9:44 AM EST2015-03-02 14:44:01 GMT
    Every so often our "Morons of the Month" feature takes on a special theme. The medal winners for February involve three of the strangest -- but oh so true --love stories from recent years. Just consider them a belated...
    Every so often our "Morons of the Month" feature takes on a special theme. The medal winners for February involve three of the strangest -- but oh so true --love stories from recent years. Just consider them a belated...
  • WILSON: Illinois likely to see some sort of tax vote

    WILSON: Illinois likely to see some sort of tax vote

    Monday, March 2 2015 8:39 AM EST2015-03-02 13:39:09 GMT
    Competing tax proposals that will stir controversy in the Illinois General Assembly this year are being touted as the answer for the state's budget woes, even though none of the top contenders would fix the current ...
    Competing tax proposals that will stir controversy in the Illinois General Assembly this year are being touted as the answer for the state's budget woes, even though none of the top contenders would fix the current ...
  • O'BRIEN: Playing to lose gets Tennessee girls basketball coaches in hot water

    O'BRIEN: Playing to lose gets Tennessee girls basketball coaches in hot water

    Friday, February 27 2015 9:09 AM EST2015-02-27 14:09:10 GMT
    In gyms all around the area, teams have been preparing for this time of year. Although March doesn't arrive until Sunday, "March Madness" has been in full swing for a few weeks as high school basketball teams fight for...
    In gyms all around the area, teams have been preparing for this time of year. Although March doesn't arrive until Sunday, "March Madness" has been in full swing for a few weeks as high school basketball teams fight for...
  • EIGHINGER: Soul mate or best friend? Does it really matter?

    EIGHINGER: Soul mate or best friend? Does it really matter?

    Thursday, February 26 2015 3:10 PM EST2015-02-26 20:10:00 GMT
    For those of you reading this who are married, did you wind up with your best friend or soul mate? For those of you who aren't married, how would you hope that question would one day be answered? Personally, I...
    For those of you reading this who are married, did you wind up with your best friend or soul mate? For those of you who aren't married, how would you hope that question would one day be answered? Personally, I...
  • D. HUSAR: 'Paying it forward' a penny at a time

    D. HUSAR: 'Paying it forward' a penny at a time

    Wednesday, February 25 2015 9:41 AM EST2015-02-25 14:41:39 GMT
    A war broke out this week at Payson Seymour Elementary School, but the fighting is for a good cause. Proceeds from the school's "penny war" will be donated to district teachers Brenton and Somer Hannel, whose first...
    A war broke out this week at Payson Seymour Elementary School, but the fighting is for a good cause. Proceeds from the school's "penny war" will be donated to district teachers Brenton and Somer Hannel, whose first...
  • O'BRIEN: Statistics show Quincy is a safe community - for the most part

    O'BRIEN: Statistics show Quincy is a safe community - for the most part

    Tuesday, February 24 2015 9:35 AM EST2015-02-24 14:35:23 GMT
    Police Chief Rob Copley knows the headlines haven't been particularly good lately. Quincy has seen an unusually high number of violent crimes the past three months. Officers responded to a Dec. 4 shooting in the 400...
    Police Chief Rob Copley knows the headlines haven't been particularly good lately. Quincy has seen an unusually high number of violent crimes the past three months. Officers responded to a Dec. 4 shooting in the 400...
  • EIGHINGER: It's time for a sequel to 'How to Stuff a Wild Bikini'

    EIGHINGER: It's time for a sequel to 'How to Stuff a Wild Bikini'

    Monday, February 23 2015 12:42 PM EST2015-02-23 17:42:26 GMT
    Beach movies dominated much of the 1960s. The films were all were lighthearted fare that accented bikinis, comedy, guys with great hair and plenty of music. They disappeared from theaters and television near the end of that decade ...
    Beach movies dominated much of the 1960s. The films were all were lighthearted fare that accented bikinis, comedy, guys with great hair and plenty of music. They disappeared from theaters and television near the end of that decade ...
  • O'BRIEN: How addicted are you to your smartphone? Take the quiz

    O'BRIEN: How addicted are you to your smartphone? Take the quiz

    Friday, February 20 2015 9:14 AM EST2015-02-20 14:14:49 GMT
    Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not put down your smartphone and actually talk to someone face to face for a while? The goal of one Australian charity is to involve people nationwide in its fourth annual...
    Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not put down your smartphone and actually talk to someone face to face for a while? The goal of one Australian charity is to involve people nationwide in its fourth annual...
  • EIGHINGER: Jeff Gordon, Clint Eastwood in the same spotlight 10 years later

    EIGHINGER: Jeff Gordon, Clint Eastwood in the same spotlight 10 years later

    Thursday, February 19 2015 2:14 PM EST2015-02-19 19:14:41 GMT
    Ten years ago. In some cases, that might seem like forever. For others, only yesterday. Can you remember much about what was going in your own life or the world a decade ago? We were about 31/2 years removed from the...
    Ten years ago. In some cases, that might seem like forever. For others, only yesterday. Can you remember much about what was going in your own life or the world a decade ago? We were about 31/2 years removed from the...
  • THOMPSON: Book reveals new approach to conquering clutter

    THOMPSON: Book reveals new approach to conquering clutter

    Wednesday, February 18 2015 12:31 PM EST2015-02-18 17:31:00 GMT
    I'm not what one would call an "untidy" person. My books are alphabetized by author, my shirts and dresses hang in my closet in color order, and my bills and other important documents are systematically filed by my...
    I'm not what one would call an "untidy" person. My books are alphabetized by author, my shirts and dresses hang in my closet in color order, and my bills and other important documents are systematically filed by my...
  • O'BRIEN: Quincy couple fights way to finals of reality TV show

    O'BRIEN: Quincy couple fights way to finals of reality TV show

    Tuesday, February 17 2015 11:44 AM EST2015-02-17 16:44:30 GMT
    To those watching at home, it looked like Quincy's Jennifer-Nobis Dancer made relatively quick work of her first opponent in "Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge."
    To those watching at home, it looked like Quincy's Jennifer-Nobis Dancer made relatively quick work of her first opponent in "Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge."
  • EIGHINGER: Love can still be a many splendored thing

    EIGHINGER: Love can still be a many splendored thing

    Monday, February 16 2015 10:46 AM EST2015-02-16 15:46:58 GMT
    Maybe every so often we should put away the smartphones, iPads and even the keyboards. Maybe, just maybe, there is still a time and place for applying pen to paper. The reason I bring this up is because of a recent...
    Maybe every so often we should put away the smartphones, iPads and even the keyboards. Maybe, just maybe, there is still a time and place for applying pen to paper. The reason I bring this up is because of a recent...
  • WILSON: Schock's bad week big in D.C., not such a big deal in Peoria

    WILSON: Schock's bad week big in D.C., not such a big deal in Peoria

    Monday, February 16 2015 9:17 AM EST2015-02-16 14:17:59 GMT
    Headlines have been brutal for U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock during the early part of February. A reporter did a story on Schock's office being painted and decorated in the style similar to that from the "Downton Abbey" television ...
    Headlines have been brutal for U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock during the early part of February. A reporter did a story on Schock's office being painted and decorated in the style similar to that from the "Downton Abbey" television ...
  • O'BRIEN: Little League scandal another example of adults behaving badly

    O'BRIEN: Little League scandal another example of adults behaving badly

    Friday, February 13 2015 9:10 AM EST2015-02-13 14:10:23 GMT
    A cheating scandal in Chicago is nothing new. The Windy City has been home to the Black Sox World Series scandal, dead people who vote and several crooked politicians. It should be no great surprise, then, that the...
    A cheating scandal in Chicago is nothing new. The Windy City has been home to the Black Sox World Series scandal, dead people who vote and several crooked politicians. It should be no great surprise, then, that the...
  • EIGHINGER: 'The Walking Dead' wins sixth annual Stevie Award for best TV show

    EIGHINGER: 'The Walking Dead' wins sixth annual Stevie Award for best TV show

    Thursday, February 12 2015 11:24 AM EST2015-02-12 16:24:58 GMT
    It's difficult to beat a zombie apocalypse. The gruesome post-apocalyptic AMC hit show "The Walking Dead" is the winner of the sixth annual Stevie Award for best prime-time television program. It's the second...
    It's difficult to beat a zombie apocalypse. The gruesome post-apocalyptic AMC hit show "The Walking Dead" is the winner of the sixth annual Stevie Award for best prime-time television program. It's the second...
  • E. HUSAR: Valentine's Day translates into big business in U.S.

    E. HUSAR: Valentine's Day translates into big business in U.S.

    Thursday, February 12 2015 9:02 AM EST2015-02-12 14:02:58 GMT
    Columnist Ed HusarColumnist Ed Husar
    Some people may be surprised to learn that a big, cold and faceless federal agency -- the U.S. Census Bureau -- appears to have a heart after all. As you know, the Census Bureau is the agency that dispatches an army of census takers every ...
    Some people may be surprised to learn that a big, cold and faceless federal agency -- the U.S. Census Bureau -- appears to have a heart after all. As you know, the Census Bureau is the agency that dispatches an army of census takers every ...
  • O'BRIEN: What in the name of Willy Wonka is going on with candy?

    O'BRIEN: What in the name of Willy Wonka is going on with candy?

    Thursday, February 12 2015 9:01 AM EST2015-02-12 14:01:35 GMT
    The clues are starting to add up, and it doesn't look good for those of us who love chocolate. In case you haven't noticed, it seems like candy bars are getting smaller and smaller. As keeper of the newsroom candy tin, there is usually chocolatey...
    The clues are starting to add up, and it doesn't look good for those of us who love chocolate. In case you haven't noticed, it seems like candy bars are getting smaller and smaller. As keeper of the newsroom candy tin, there is usually chocolatey...
  • EIGHINGER: Oh deer, what were they thinking?

    EIGHINGER: Oh deer, what were they thinking?

    Thursday, February 12 2015 8:59 AM EST2015-02-12 13:59:13 GMT
    It's that time again, when we can all enjoy the questionable decisions of others. And I'll admit, this edition of "Morons of the Month" has one of my all-time favorite gold medal winners. The envelopes, please: ...
    It's that time again, when we can all enjoy the questionable decisions of others. And I'll admit, this edition of "Morons of the Month" has one of my all-time favorite gold medal winners. The envelopes, please: ...
  • HOPF: Awarding medical marijuana facilities chance to for significant investment in communities

    HOPF: Awarding medical marijuana facilities chance to for significant investment in communities

    Thursday, February 12 2015 8:57 AM EST2015-02-12 13:57:45 GMT
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner surprised many last week by granting licenses to those hoping to grow and sell medical marijuana in the state. A process that many hoped would be settled before former Gov. Pat Quinn ...
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner surprised many last week by granting licenses to those hoping to grow and sell medical marijuana in the state. A process that many hoped would be settled before former Gov. Pat Quinn ...
  • O'BRIEN: Lengthy sentences in cases involving guns send message

    O'BRIEN: Lengthy sentences in cases involving guns send message

    Friday, February 6 2015 11:51 AM EST2015-02-06 16:51:07 GMT
    The message sent in two recent sentencing hearings in Adams County Circuit Court was loud and clear: If you use a gun while committing a crime, be prepared to do a lot of prison time. In the last month, two young Quincy men in their early 20s who admitted to using guns in their crimes were given lengthy prison sentences.
    The message sent in two recent sentencing hearings in Adams County Circuit Court was loud and clear: If you use a gun while committing a crime, be prepared to do a lot of prison time. In the last month, two young Quincy men in their early 20s who admitted to using guns in their crimes were given lengthy prison sentences.
  • EIGHINGER: He's back! "Doctor Love" returns to lift up the lovelorn

    EIGHINGER: He's back! "Doctor Love" returns to lift up the lovelorn

    Thursday, February 5 2015 11:33 AM EST2015-02-05 16:33:49 GMT
    It's been a while, but he's back. It was about this time two years ago - close to Valentine's Day - that my alter ego, Stevie "Doctor" Love, last paid a visit to this space. It's time to reopen the loveline. Whatever is bothering you or is troubling your heart, remember that Stevie Love is here for you. The potentate of passion, the emperor of embrace and the rajah of romance understands the aching in your heart. He's here to help you escape the wilderness of wonderment.



    It's been a while, but he's back. It was about this time two years ago - close to Valentine's Day - that my alter ego, Stevie "Doctor" Love, last paid a visit to this space. It's time to reopen the loveline. Whatever is bothering you or is troubling your heart, remember that Stevie Love is here for you. The potentate of passion, the emperor of embrace and the rajah of romance understands the aching in your heart. He's here to help you escape the wilderness ...


  • D. HUSAR: Congressional Gold Medal goes beyond military valor to honor distinguished service

    D. HUSAR: Congressional Gold Medal goes beyond military valor to honor distinguished service

    Wednesday, February 4 2015 12:47 PM EST2015-02-04 17:47:52 GMT
    At a time when the U.S. House and Senate are best-known for their disagreements, there is at least one thing they can agree on. At least two-thirds, or 290 members, of the House and 67 Senators must co-sponsor any...
    At a time when the U.S. House and Senate are best-known for their disagreements, there is at least one thing they can agree on. At least two-thirds, or 290 members, of the House and 67 Senators must co-sponsor any...
  • O'BRIEN: Not in a health food state of mind these days

    O'BRIEN: Not in a health food state of mind these days

    Tuesday, February 3 2015 12:49 PM EST2015-02-03 17:49:06 GMT
    Seems like everywhere you turn lately, someone in a suit is giving a "State of the Something" address: State of the Union, State of the State, State of the City. Commissioner Roger Goodell gave his "State of the Game"...
    Seems like everywhere you turn lately, someone in a suit is giving a "State of the Something" address: State of the Union, State of the State, State of the City. Commissioner Roger Goodell gave his "State of the Game"...
  • EIGHINGER: Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson

    EIGHINGER: Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson

    Monday, February 2 2015 11:43 AM EST2015-02-02 16:43:11 GMT
    The annual Grammy Awards are scheduled for next Sunday and are always guaranteed to produce their fair share of arguments, especially when it comes to song of the year."Mrs. Robinson" was No. 1 in 1969 for three weeks, but two other songs -- and Grammy nominees -- had longer reigns that year.
    The annual Grammy Awards are scheduled for next Sunday and are always guaranteed to produce their fair share of arguments, especially when it comes to song of the year."Mrs. Robinson" was No. 1 in 1969 for three weeks, but two other songs -- and Grammy nominees -- had longer reigns that year.
  • WILSON: Bruce Rauner State of the State speech to deal with budget, goals

    WILSON: Bruce Rauner State of the State speech to deal with budget, goals

    Sunday, February 1 2015 1:28 AM EST2015-02-01 06:28:45 GMT
    Gov. Bruce Rauner will use his State of the State speech this week to tell how bad the Illinois financial crisis is, and point the path toward recovery. "Right now, Illinois is on an unsustainable path," Rauner said when...
    Gov. Bruce Rauner will use his State of the State speech this week to tell how bad the Illinois financial crisis is, and point the path toward recovery. "Right now, Illinois is on an unsustainable path," Rauner said when...
  • O'BRIEN: Nothing out of the ordinary with progression of Lovelace case

    O'BRIEN: Nothing out of the ordinary with progression of Lovelace case

    Friday, January 30 2015 9:39 AM EST2015-01-30 14:39:28 GMT
    A second delay in the first-degree murder trial of Quincyan Curtis Lovelace earlier this week had some people wondering what's happening in the case. Some who commented on social media wondered if Lovelace and his...
    A second delay in the first-degree murder trial of Quincyan Curtis Lovelace earlier this week had some people wondering what's happening in the case. Some who commented on social media wondered if Lovelace and his...
  • EIGHINGER: 'American Sniper' is a must-see film for everyone

    EIGHINGER: 'American Sniper' is a must-see film for everyone

    Thursday, January 29 2015 9:21 AM EST2015-01-29 14:21:37 GMT
    It has now been four days since we saw the movie, and I still catch myself taking deep breaths and slowly exhaling when I think about this incredible, incredible film. At first, my wife did not want to see "American...
    It has now been four days since we saw the movie, and I still catch myself taking deep breaths and slowly exhaling when I think about this incredible, incredible film. At first, my wife did not want to see "American...
  • THOMPSON: Lewis County community helping ailing fifth-grader, family with benefit

    THOMPSON: Lewis County community helping ailing fifth-grader, family with benefit

    Wednesday, January 28 2015 12:37 PM EST2015-01-28 17:37:31 GMT
    Eleven-year-old Sydney Mead could let the months of intense chemotherapy and the weeks away from classmates and teammates get her down, but she doesn't. And she won't. The Highland Elementary School...
    Eleven-year-old Sydney Mead could let the months of intense chemotherapy and the weeks away from classmates and teammates get her down, but she doesn't. And she won't. The Highland Elementary School...
  • O'BRIEN: Misinformation spreads like wildfire in shooting's wake

    O'BRIEN: Misinformation spreads like wildfire in shooting's wake

    Tuesday, January 27 2015 9:34 AM EST2015-01-27 14:34:36 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- It didn't take long for the wildfire to spread Saturday night. People milling around on the southwest corner of Main and Broadway had everything figured out less than an hour after a shooting had...
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- It didn't take long for the wildfire to spread Saturday night. People milling around on the southwest corner of Main and Broadway had everything figured out less than an hour after a shooting had...
  • EIGHINGER: Add telemarketer, roadkill cleanup crew to list

    EIGHINGER: Add telemarketer, roadkill cleanup crew to list

    Monday, January 26 2015 12:41 PM EST2015-01-26 17:41:39 GMT
    First of all, I realize I'm a lucky guy. Every day I am thankful for a great family, being born an Ohio State football fan and having a job I look forward to every day. Except for one summer in high school when I...
    First of all, I realize I'm a lucky guy. Every day I am thankful for a great family, being born an Ohio State football fan and having a job I look forward to every day. Except for one summer in high school when I...
  • HOPF: Process provides public with little information for large contracts

    HOPF: Process provides public with little information for large contracts

    Sunday, January 25 2015 2:50 PM EST2015-01-25 19:50:13 GMT
    A raucous meeting of the Quincy Finance Committee last week showed that some aldermen believe they aren't being provided with enough information from the city's administration before being asked to decide monetary and staffing ...

    A raucous meeting of the Quincy Finance Committee last week showed that some aldermen believe they aren't being provided with enough information from the city's administration before being asked to decide monetary and staffing ...


  • O'BRIEN: Lesson to be learned from squabble between English parents

    O'BRIEN: Lesson to be learned from squabble between English parents

    Friday, January 23 2015 10:12 AM EST2015-01-23 15:12:21 GMT
    Anyone who is a parent to a grade-schooler has to feel like a social director because Little Jimmy or Susie are always on the go. There are soccer practices, basketball games and piano lesson. Toss in the frequent birthday...
    Anyone who is a parent to a grade-schooler has to feel like a social director because Little Jimmy or Susie are always on the go. There are soccer practices, basketball games and piano lesson. Toss in the frequent birthday...
  • EIGHINGER: Time might be right for my book on relationships

    EIGHINGER: Time might be right for my book on relationships

    Thursday, January 22 2015 12:07 PM EST2015-01-22 17:07:44 GMT
    A book rocketed to the top of the best-seller list more than 20 years ago. Remember all the hoopla surrounding "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus"? It was depicted as the most important "relationship" book ever written.
    A book rocketed to the top of the best-seller list more than 20 years ago. Remember all the hoopla surrounding "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus"? It was depicted as the most important "relationship" book ever written.

  • E. HUSAR: Art teacher brings color to disadvantaged students

    E. HUSAR: Art teacher brings color to disadvantaged students

    Thursday, January 22 2015 9:35 AM EST2015-01-22 14:35:32 GMT
    Columnist Ed HusarColumnist Ed Husar

    A third-grader said something that broke her heart. "She told me there were a lot of people in her family and they hardly had money for food, so nobody was going to buy her a box of crayons," Jennifer Bock-Nelson, Quincy artist, said. "After I heard that, I decided ...

    A third-grader said something that broke her heart. "She told me there were a lot of people in her family and they hardly had money for food, so nobody was going to buy her a box of crayons," Jennifer Bock-Nelson, Quincy artist, said. "After I heard that, I decided ...


  • O'BRIEN: Maryland child neglect case exposes parental paradox

    O'BRIEN: Maryland child neglect case exposes parental paradox

    Tuesday, January 20 2015 1:11 PM EST2015-01-20 18:11:18 GMT
    Danielle and Alexander Meitiv have a 10-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter. They believe in a concept called "free-range parenting." They have rules in their house, but they believe children should explore on their own if they are responsible enough. 
    Danielle and Alexander Meitiv have a 10-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter. They believe in a concept called "free-range parenting." They have rules in their house, but they believe children should explore on their own if they are responsible enough. 
  • EIGHINGER: The things men say aren't always appropriate

    EIGHINGER: The things men say aren't always appropriate

    Monday, January 19 2015 1:18 PM EST2015-01-19 18:18:00 GMT
    How many guys out there have ever said something stupid to a girlfriend or wife? Go ahead, raise your hands. I see ya, boys, and I feel your pain. At one time or another, every man who has ever spent any time in the...
    How many guys out there have ever said something stupid to a girlfriend or wife? Go ahead, raise your hands. I see ya, boys, and I feel your pain. At one time or another, every man who has ever spent any time in the...
  • WILSON: Rauner states ethics reform by going after low hanging fruit

    WILSON: Rauner states ethics reform by going after low hanging fruit

    Monday, January 19 2015 10:46 AM EST2015-01-19 15:46:02 GMT
    After winning election with the promise he would "shake up Springfield," Gov. Bruce Rauner made ethics reforms among his first actions in office.
    After winning election with the promise he would "shake up Springfield," Gov. Bruce Rauner made ethics reforms among his first actions in office.
  • O'BRIEN: New futuristic Google smartphone app helps breakdown language barriers

    O'BRIEN: New futuristic Google smartphone app helps breakdown language barriers

    Friday, January 16 2015 9:59 AM EST2015-01-16 14:59:19 GMT
    If only there were smartphones in the early 2000s. Then maybe current Quincy University baseball coach Josh Rabe would have been able to communicate with his minor league teammates better as he worked his way through the...
    If only there were smartphones in the early 2000s. Then maybe current Quincy University baseball coach Josh Rabe would have been able to communicate with his minor league teammates better as he worked his way through the...
  • EIGHINGER: Stores close, but the memories remain

    EIGHINGER: Stores close, but the memories remain

    Thursday, January 15 2015 12:30 PM EST2015-01-15 17:30:21 GMT
    When you lose a piece of your past and present, a bit of a pall tends to be cast over the future. It was difficult not to feel at least a twinge of sadness last week when JC Penney announced that its Quincy store would...
    When you lose a piece of your past and present, a bit of a pall tends to be cast over the future. It was difficult not to feel at least a twinge of sadness last week when JC Penney announced that its Quincy store would...
  • D. HUSAR: Packing away Christmas not always a small project

    D. HUSAR: Packing away Christmas not always a small project

    Wednesday, January 14 2015 12:09 PM EST2015-01-14 17:09:47 GMT
    The first steps involve gaining access to the displays by taking down the lights that line the roads. Volunteers and labor provided by the Clayton Work Camp pull and coil power cables, then load displays in waiting trailers. "Things do have to be taken down carefully and put away properly, or we're delayed even more in the fall," Groves said.
    The first steps involve gaining access to the displays by taking down the lights that line the roads. Volunteers and labor provided by the Clayton Work Camp pull and coil power cables, then load displays in waiting trailers. "Things do have to be taken down carefully and put away properly, or we're delayed even more in the fall," Groves said.

  • O'BRIEN: Birders know no limits when it comes to seeing rare species

    O'BRIEN: Birders know no limits when it comes to seeing rare species

    Tuesday, January 13 2015 1:39 PM EST2015-01-13 18:39:55 GMT
    The ivory gull was first spotted Jan. 2, and its arrival made Quincy the epicenter of birding. Even the Chicago Tribune and Kansas City Star did their own stories about the bird being so far away from home.
    The ivory gull was first spotted Jan. 2, and its arrival made Quincy the epicenter of birding. Even the Chicago Tribune and Kansas City Star did their own stories about the bird being so far away from home.
  • EIGHINGER: Bucks-Ducks hoopla points to why we live in a better world today

    EIGHINGER: Bucks-Ducks hoopla points to why we live in a better world today

    Monday, January 12 2015 12:06 PM EST2015-01-12 17:06:24 GMT
    Every so often I feel the need to talk about the good ol' days. Or rather, why they weren't. Tonight's national championship college football game is a perfect example. In case you have been on vacation...
    Every so often I feel the need to talk about the good ol' days. Or rather, why they weren't. Tonight's national championship college football game is a perfect example. In case you have been on vacation...
  • O'BRIEN: Thanks to lawsuits, cities forced to crack down on sledding

    O'BRIEN: Thanks to lawsuits, cities forced to crack down on sledding

    Monday, January 12 2015 11:41 AM EST2015-01-12 16:41:07 GMT
    Several cities have limited sledding amid fears of lawsuits. There was a time when the Quincy Park District rolled out the welcome mats for sledders. The Park District used to put out barrels containing wood to keep people warm while they enjoyed the park. That practice ended about five years ago.
    Several cities have limited sledding amid fears of lawsuits. There was a time when the Quincy Park District rolled out the welcome mats for sledders. The Park District used to put out barrels containing wood to keep people warm while they enjoyed the park. That practice ended about five years ago.
  • HOPF: TIF project guidelines for private development seen as opportunity to grow downtown

    HOPF: TIF project guidelines for private development seen as opportunity to grow downtown

    Monday, January 12 2015 11:39 AM EST2015-01-12 16:39:48 GMT
    The new year may bring fundamental changes to the city of Quincy's philosophy on the how it uses tax incremental financing district funds.
    The new year may bring fundamental changes to the city of Quincy's philosophy on the how it uses tax incremental financing district funds.
  • EIGHINGER: We could all use 30 more minutes of life in Mayberry

    EIGHINGER: We could all use 30 more minutes of life in Mayberry

    Friday, January 9 2015 9:20 AM EST2015-01-09 14:20:47 GMT
    The Andy Griffith Show" is a lot like that box of old baseball cards still sitting on the top shelf of the closet at your mom's house. Or that first car you could honest-to-goodness call your own. It wasn't...
    The Andy Griffith Show" is a lot like that box of old baseball cards still sitting on the top shelf of the closet at your mom's house. Or that first car you could honest-to-goodness call your own. It wasn't...
  • THOMPSON: Two acts of kindness make my life easier

    THOMPSON: Two acts of kindness make my life easier

    Wednesday, January 7 2015 9:02 AM EST2015-01-07 14:02:47 GMT
    Whoever coined the term "Gem City" could've been referring to some of Quincy's residents because many of them are real gems. I've noticed in my six months that, for the most part, Quincyans have a genuine...
    Whoever coined the term "Gem City" could've been referring to some of Quincy's residents because many of them are real gems. I've noticed in my six months that, for the most part, Quincyans have a genuine...
  • O'BRIEN: Death of 'father of modern baseball card' a grim reminder that industry has changed

    O'BRIEN: Death of 'father of modern baseball card' a grim reminder that industry has changed

    Tuesday, January 6 2015 10:10 AM EST2015-01-06 15:10:40 GMT
    Cheap(er) gas prices should make us all a little nostalgic for "the good old days." As a kid, I always hopped in the car with my dad when he went to the gas station. The drill was the same every time. He would fill his...
    Cheap(er) gas prices should make us all a little nostalgic for "the good old days." As a kid, I always hopped in the car with my dad when he went to the gas station. The drill was the same every time. He would fill his...
  • EIGHINGER: Check that closet door before entering the next time

    EIGHINGER: Check that closet door before entering the next time

    Monday, January 5 2015 9:47 AM EST2015-01-05 14:47:38 GMT
    The Christmas season is now little more than a memory. And New Year's? The last firecracker went off days ago. But just because the holidays are on hold for another 12 months does not mean there is no reason to...
    The Christmas season is now little more than a memory. And New Year's? The last firecracker went off days ago. But just because the holidays are on hold for another 12 months does not mean there is no reason to...
  • WILSON: Divided government need not be ineffective

    WILSON: Divided government need not be ineffective

    Sunday, January 4 2015 2:30 PM EST2015-01-04 19:30:14 GMT
    A quick look at recent history could help Barack Obama and Bruce Rauner prepare to work with lawmakers from the opposing party this year.Top executives may wish legislators from their own parties were in the majority, but that doesn't always ...
    A quick look at recent history could help Barack Obama and Bruce Rauner prepare to work with lawmakers from the opposing party this year.Top executives may wish legislators from their own parties were in the majority, but that doesn't always ...
  • O'BRIEN: New Year's resolutions aren't for everyone

    O'BRIEN: New Year's resolutions aren't for everyone

    Friday, January 2 2015 9:20 AM EST2015-01-02 14:20:32 GMT
    Welcome to the second day of 2015. How are those New Year's resolutions working out? I'm sure some of you have already thrown in the towel. That's OK. You're not alone. According to research by the...
    Welcome to the second day of 2015. How are those New Year's resolutions working out? I'm sure some of you have already thrown in the towel. That's OK. You're not alone. According to research by the...
  • HOPF: Two dogs sum up local animal stories in Quincy in 2014

    HOPF: Two dogs sum up local animal stories in Quincy in 2014

    Wednesday, December 31 2014 9:43 AM EST2014-12-31 14:43:03 GMT
    They acted like dogs you would expect to see at your house. Attached to leashes, the two dogs were doing what they could to visit with the people standing around them. If there had been a ball or stick, you know they would want to play. These weren't ordinary dogs, though.
    They acted like dogs you would expect to see at your house. Attached to leashes, the two dogs were doing what they could to visit with the people standing around them. If there had been a ball or stick, you know they would want to play. These weren't ordinary dogs, though.
  • E. HUSAR: Big train crash in Naperville still touching local lives 68 years later

    E. HUSAR: Big train crash in Naperville still touching local lives 68 years later

    Tuesday, December 30 2014 10:12 AM EST2014-12-30 15:12:13 GMT
    Last January, The Herald-Whig received word that Naperville was planning to erect a memorial recognizing a train crash that took place April 25, 1946. Why would this be of interest to Herald-Whig readers? Because 12 of the 45 people killed ...
    Last January, The Herald-Whig received word that Naperville was planning to erect a memorial recognizing a train crash that took place April 25, 1946. Why would this be of interest to Herald-Whig readers? Because 12 of the 45 people killed ...

  • EIGHINGER: 'Build it, and they will come' -- and they did at JWCC

    EIGHINGER: 'Build it, and they will come' -- and they did at JWCC

    Monday, December 29 2014 1:49 PM EST2014-12-29 18:49:10 GMT
    Jim Rapp has been around John Wood Community College since its formative years, serving as the school's legal counsel. He has seen the good, the bad, the ups and the downs during the first 40 years. For the most...
    Jim Rapp has been around John Wood Community College since its formative years, serving as the school's legal counsel. He has seen the good, the bad, the ups and the downs during the first 40 years. For the most...
  • O'BRIEN: We can learn a valuable lesson from convicted drunken driver

    O'BRIEN: We can learn a valuable lesson from convicted drunken driver

    Friday, December 26 2014 9:12 AM EST2014-12-26 14:12:45 GMT
    Matthew Ruble didn't think it could happen to him. In that way, the 25-year-old is like a lot of us. Sure, we might decide to have a couple of drinks and then drive home. Nothing's going to happen, right? If you've never thought that way, you're either lying to yourself or you don't drink.
    Matthew Ruble didn't think it could happen to him. In that way, the 25-year-old is like a lot of us. Sure, we might decide to have a couple of drinks and then drive home. Nothing's going to happen, right? If you've never thought that way, you're either lying to yourself or you don't drink.
  • E. HUSAR: Daughter beats Dad in race to read Harry Potter

    E. HUSAR: Daughter beats Dad in race to read Harry Potter

    Wednesday, December 24 2014 9:33 AM EST2014-12-24 14:33:48 GMT
    A turning-point moment came Monday night. It involved my daughter, Katie, who has been filling our life with joy for more than 13 years. When Katie became an avid reader as a wisp of a child, I announced one of my goals in life was to read a Harry Potter novel before she did.
    A turning-point moment came Monday night. It involved my daughter, Katie, who has been filling our life with joy for more than 13 years. When Katie became an avid reader as a wisp of a child, I announced one of my goals in life was to read a Harry Potter novel before she did.

  • O'BRIEN: Readers help restore Quincy woman's faith in humanity

    O'BRIEN: Readers help restore Quincy woman's faith in humanity

    Tuesday, December 23 2014 8:59 AM EST2014-12-23 13:59:21 GMT
    It wasn't too long ago that Linda Kramer didn't have much hope for humanity. The Quincy woman was left to pick up the pieces after her brother's apartment had been burglarized earlier this year.
    It wasn't too long ago that Linda Kramer didn't have much hope for humanity. The Quincy woman was left to pick up the pieces after her brother's apartment had been burglarized earlier this year.
  • EIGHINGER: Even Kansas looks good when compared to some states

    EIGHINGER: Even Kansas looks good when compared to some states

    Monday, December 22 2014 11:28 AM EST2014-12-22 16:28:47 GMT
    One of the great American pastimes is the way we poke fun at one another, and lately, few have done it better than Thrillist.com. "Well, in the interest of showing that every state is (deficient) in some way, we picked one key area where each...
    One of the great American pastimes is the way we poke fun at one another, and lately, few have done it better than Thrillist.com. "Well, in the interest of showing that every state is (deficient) in some way, we picked one key area where each...
  • O'BRIEN: Christmas wish list for Quincy filled with high hopes

    O'BRIEN: Christmas wish list for Quincy filled with high hopes

    Thursday, December 18 2014 7:45 PM EST2014-12-19 00:45:45 GMT
    In less than a week, Christmas will be here. Hopefully, you've been good this year and don't find a bunch of coal in your stocking. Maybe you'll even find a present or two under the tree with your name on it. ...
    In less than a week, Christmas will be here. Hopefully, you've been good this year and don't find a bunch of coal in your stocking. Maybe you'll even find a present or two under the tree with your name on it. ...
  • Eighinger: 'Silver Bells' rings in favorite Christmas songs

    Eighinger: 'Silver Bells' rings in favorite Christmas songs

    Thursday, December 18 2014 9:40 AM EST2014-12-18 14:40:51 GMT
    On the way to work this morning, I found myself enjoying some of the Christmas offerings on the radio, which got me thinking about the holiday songs I enjoy the most. In most cases, I prefer modern-day Christmas music although I still appreciate the classics. However, "appreciate" and "prefer" are not necessarily the same thing.
    On the way to work this morning, I found myself enjoying some of the Christmas offerings on the radio, which got me thinking about the holiday songs I enjoy the most. In most cases, I prefer modern-day Christmas music although I still appreciate the classics. However, "appreciate" and "prefer" are not necessarily the same thing.
  • D. HUSAR: Longtime ADM electrician keeping his eyes on the star

    D. HUSAR: Longtime ADM electrician keeping his eyes on the star

    Wednesday, December 17 2014 9:00 AM EST2014-12-17 14:00:12 GMT
    Old habits die hard for Jerry Loos. Loos still keeps a watchful eye on one of Quincy's iconic Christmas decorations, the star atop ADM along Gardner Expressway, even though it's not his responsibility for the...
    Old habits die hard for Jerry Loos. Loos still keeps a watchful eye on one of Quincy's iconic Christmas decorations, the star atop ADM along Gardner Expressway, even though it's not his responsibility for the...
  • O'BRIEN: Rooting for bobbleheads to get a hall of their own

    O'BRIEN: Rooting for bobbleheads to get a hall of their own

    Tuesday, December 16 2014 9:06 AM EST2014-12-16 14:06:03 GMT
    Something about the big, smiling guy with the wobbly head appealed to the 10-year-old me, so I badgered my parents into leaving the old County Stadium in Milwaukee Stadium with a Brewers bobblehead. Amazingly, it's...
    Something about the big, smiling guy with the wobbly head appealed to the 10-year-old me, so I badgered my parents into leaving the old County Stadium in Milwaukee Stadium with a Brewers bobblehead. Amazingly, it's...
  • HOPF: Private garbage collectors await their fate as Council votes on licensing fees next week

    HOPF: Private garbage collectors await their fate as Council votes on licensing fees next week

    Monday, December 15 2014 10:06 AM EST2014-12-15 15:06:57 GMT
    A proposed plan to charge private garbage haulers in Quincy an annual license fee of $1,000 per vehicle and require them to maintain insurance and report how they dispose of the trash they collect is set for a Dec. 22 City Council vote. This comes 10 months after aldermen approved a plan to increase the cost of garbage stickers to 75 cents and add an optional flat-rate payment for those who prefer totes.
    A proposed plan to charge private garbage haulers in Quincy an annual license fee of $1,000 per vehicle and require them to maintain insurance and report how they dispose of the trash they collect is set for a Dec. 22 City Council vote. This comes 10 months after aldermen approved a plan to increase the cost of garbage stickers to 75 cents and add an optional flat-rate payment for those who prefer totes.

  • Eighinger: Recalling Lennon death leads to reunion

    Eighinger: Recalling Lennon death leads to reunion

    Monday, December 15 2014 9:40 AM EST2014-12-15 14:40:58 GMT
    I was sitting in my favorite recliner a week ago tonight when I thought I'd turn on the television to see what the score was in the Monday night football game. A few moments later, there was a short vignette...
    I was sitting in my favorite recliner a week ago tonight when I thought I would turn on the television to see what the score was in the Monday night football game. A few moments later, there was a short vignette...
  • O'Brien: Safety a close second to educating in today's schools

    O'Brien: Safety a close second to educating in today's schools

    Friday, December 12 2014 12:46 PM EST2014-12-12 17:46:52 GMT
    On Dec. 3, several K-9 units conducted a search of the Quincy Notre Dame High School parking lot. Principal Mark McDowell said nothing, other than his desire for a safe campus, prompted the search. "It was all up to me,"...
    On Dec. 3, several K-9 units conducted a search of the Quincy Notre Dame High School parking lot. Principal Mark McDowell said nothing, other than his desire for a safe campus, prompted the search. "It was all up to me,"...
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