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7-Day Forecast: Quincy

Saturday
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  • 63°
  • 42°

Thunderstorms

Sunday
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  • 60°
  • 37°

Times of sun and clouds

Monday
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  • 64°
  • 40°

Mostly sunny

Tuesday
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  • 65°
  • 43°

Mix of sun and clouds

Wednesday
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  • 70°
  • 47°

Times of sun and clouds

Thursday
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  • 72°
  • 48°

Partly cloudy

Friday
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  • 70°
  • 42°

Abundant sunshine

Currently in Quincy as of

  • 52°(Feels like 52°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: ESE @ 6 mph
  • Barometer: 29.6 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:14:01 am
  • Sunset: 07:53:56 pm
  • Humidity: 86
  • Visibility: 7 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Macomb

Saturday
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  • 55°
  • 36°

Windy, periods of rain in the morning

Sunday
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  • 62°
  • 35°

Sunny

Monday
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  • 66°
  • 38°

Mainly sunny

Tuesday
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  • 68°
  • 44°

Times of sun and clouds

Wednesday
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  • 70°
  • 45°

Mix of sun and clouds

Thursday
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  • 71°
  • 46°

More sun than clouds

Friday
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  • 75°
  • 50°

Sunshine

Currently in Macomb as of

  • 52°(Feels like 52°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: ESE @ 13 mph
  • Barometer: 29.66 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:10:00 am
  • Sunset: 07:51:54 pm
  • Humidity: 80
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Pittsfield

Saturday
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  • 63°
  • 42°

Showers and thunderstorms

Sunday
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  • 63°
  • 39°

Abundant sunshine

Monday
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  • 66°
  • 42°

Partly cloudy

Tuesday
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  • 67°
  • 48°

Mostly cloudy

Wednesday
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  • 70°
  • 47°

Mix of sun and clouds

Thursday
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  • 72°
  • 49°

Abundant sunshine

Friday
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  • 76°
  • 52°

Sunshine

Currently in Pittsfield as of

  • 53°(Feels like 53°)
  • Broken Clouds
  • Wind: ESE @ 7 mph
  • Barometer: 29.62 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:12:03 am
  • Sunset: 07:50:53 pm
  • Humidity: 80
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Hannibal

Saturday
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  • 64°
  • 43°

Showers and thunderstorms

Sunday
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  • 64°
  • 39°

Mainly sunny

Monday
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  • 68°
  • 44°

Mix of sun and clouds

Tuesday
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  • 69°
  • 48°

Partly cloudy

Wednesday
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  • 72°
  • 48°

Mix of sun and clouds

Thursday
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  • 73°
  • 50°

Sunny

Friday
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  • 78°
  • 53°

Mainly sunny

Currently in Hannibal as of

  • 54°(Feels like 54°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: ESE @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 29.6 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:14:37 am
  • Sunset: 07:53:44 pm
  • Humidity: 82
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

Regional Conditions

Quincy
52°
Macomb
52°
Pittsfield
53°
Hannibal
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  • O'BRIEN: Without witnesses, crime victims have little chance at justice

    O'BRIEN: Without witnesses, crime victims have little chance at justice

    Friday, April 24 2015 9:16 AM EDT2015-04-24 13:16:59 GMT
    Dozens of people were ushered out of the Twilight Zone, 906 Hampshire, in downtown Quincy at about 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 15 after a fight inside the club. As people filled into the street minutes after the fight, gunshots rang out...
    Dozens of people were ushered out of the Twilight Zone, 906 Hampshire, in downtown Quincy at about 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 15 after a fight inside the club. As people filled into the street minutes after the fight, gunshots rang out...
  • EIGHINGER: Anger issues got the best of them

    EIGHINGER: Anger issues got the best of them

    Thursday, April 23 2015 11:00 AM EDT2015-04-23 15:00:25 GMT
    At some time or another, everyone's temper gets the best of them, including two of our three "Morons of the Month." And the third medal winner this month? Well, I believe this will be the first recipient we have...
    At some time or another, everyone's temper gets the best of them, including two of our three "Morons of the Month." And the third medal winner this month? Well, I believe this will be the first recipient we have...
  • HUSAR: Garden grant means hands-on learning for Transitions students

    HUSAR: Garden grant means hands-on learning for Transitions students

    Wednesday, April 22 2015 9:42 AM EDT2015-04-22 13:42:01 GMT
    Annette Smith is looking forward to seeing her students get their hands dirty and learn something at the same time. A new container garden project at Transitions School will help put students in touch with agriculture...
    Annette Smith is looking forward to seeing her students get their hands dirty and learn something at the same time. A new container garden project at Transitions School will help put students in touch with agriculture...
  • O'BRIEN: We can all learn from ESPN reporter's actions

    O'BRIEN: We can all learn from ESPN reporter's actions

    Tuesday, April 21 2015 10:15 AM EDT2015-04-21 14:15:54 GMT
    The name Britt McHenry didn't mean much to many people before last Thursday. She is a reporter for ESPN, or as McHenry put it in a confrontation with a tow truck company worker, "I'm in the news, sweetheart." ...
    The name Britt McHenry didn't mean much to many people before last Thursday. She is a reporter for ESPN, or as McHenry put it in a confrontation with a tow truck company worker, "I'm in the news, sweetheart." ...
  • EIGHINGER: A phone call that should have been made

    EIGHINGER: A phone call that should have been made

    Monday, April 20 2015 8:15 AM EDT2015-04-20 12:15:54 GMT
    I will always wish I had made that phone call to Mrs. Channell. I'm pretty sure everyone has -- or had -- a Mrs. Channell in their life, that special someone who influenced them like no other outside their immediate...
    I will always wish I had made that phone call to Mrs. Channell. I'm pretty sure everyone has -- or had -- a Mrs. Channell in their life, that special someone who influenced them like no other outside their immediate...
  • HOPF: Council doesn't vote partisan despite party affiliations

    HOPF: Council doesn't vote partisan despite party affiliations

    Sunday, April 19 2015 2:46 PM EDT2015-04-19 18:46:55 GMT
    When Jeff VanCamp is seated on the Quincy City Council early next month, it will mark the first time -- at least in the memory of longtime city watchers -- that an alderman will be neither a Democratic nor a Republican. VanCamp, a Quincy ...
    When Jeff VanCamp is seated on the Quincy City Council early next month, it will mark the first time -- at least in the memory of longtime city watchers -- that an alderman will be neither a Democratic nor a Republican. VanCamp, a Quincy ...
  • O'BRIEN: Star Wars fan ready to sell massive collection of memorabilia

    O'BRIEN: Star Wars fan ready to sell massive collection of memorabilia

    Friday, April 17 2015 9:33 AM EDT2015-04-17 13:33:17 GMT
    Jacob Messmer has finally come to the crossroads that confronts many collectors: It's time to let it go. For me, that meant getting rid of a huge collection of baseball cards about 25 years ago. For Messmer, it's...
    Jacob Messmer has finally come to the crossroads that confronts many collectors: It's time to let it go. For me, that meant getting rid of a huge collection of baseball cards about 25 years ago. For Messmer, it's...
  • EIGHINGER: Losing a favorite TV series can test emotions

    EIGHINGER: Losing a favorite TV series can test emotions

    Thursday, April 16 2015 9:47 AM EDT2015-04-16 13:47:05 GMT

    Earlier this week, I watched the series finale of one of my all-time favorite TV shows, "Justified" on FX. When one of your treasured, must-see programs comes to an end, it can be like your best friend moving away or ...

    Earlier this week, I watched the series finale of one of my all-time favorite TV shows, "Justified" on FX. When one of your treasured, must-see programs comes to an end, it can be like your best friend moving away or ...
  • HUSAR: Memories of 1965 flood come rushing back through series of color images

    HUSAR: Memories of 1965 flood come rushing back through series of color images

    Wednesday, April 15 2015 11:01 AM EDT2015-04-15 15:01:34 GMT
    Fifty years ago this week, Daryl Waite snapped his camera's shutter and captured a moment that remains as vivid in his memory as the Kodachrome slides he created. The date was April 17, 1965. The location was northern Adams County...
    Fifty years ago this week, Daryl Waite snapped his camera's shutter and captured a moment that remains as vivid in his memory as the Kodachrome slides he created. The date was April 17, 1965. The location was northern Adams County...
  • O'BRIEN: Looking at pregnant grandmothers, golf phenoms and one big treat

    O'BRIEN: Looking at pregnant grandmothers, golf phenoms and one big treat

    Tuesday, April 14 2015 10:12 AM EDT2015-04-14 14:12:31 GMT
    We're always looking for more, aren't we? We'd love to have a little more money in our paycheck. Maybe sleep a few more hours on the weekend. We'd love to do more with the time we have. How about more...
    We're always looking for more, aren't we? We'd love to have a little more money in our paycheck. Maybe sleep a few more hours on the weekend. We'd love to do more with the time we have. How about more...
  • EIGHINGER: Spring's not necessarily all that great

    EIGHINGER: Spring's not necessarily all that great

    Monday, April 13 2015 12:07 PM EDT2015-04-13 16:07:19 GMT
    Spring has finally sprung. The temperatures are now regularly flirting with the 70s, and on some days it's almost muggy. The Cardinals are playing baseball again, and the Cubs are trying. What's not to like? ...
    Spring has finally sprung. The temperatures are now regularly flirting with the 70s, and on some days it's almost muggy. The Cardinals are playing baseball again, and the Cubs are trying. What's not to like? ...
  • WILSON: Political science looks more like chaos theory at times

    WILSON: Political science looks more like chaos theory at times

    Sunday, April 12 2015 2:04 AM EDT2015-04-12 06:04:21 GMT
    Picking all of the winners and losers in a local election can be just as difficult as putting together a perfect bracket for the NCAA basketball tournament. 
    Picking all of the winners and losers in a local election can be just as difficult as putting together a perfect bracket for the NCAA basketball tournament. 
  • O'BRIEN: Son's death thrusts Humphrey into leadership role

    O'BRIEN: Son's death thrusts Humphrey into leadership role

    Friday, April 10 2015 9:15 AM EDT2015-04-10 13:15:48 GMT
    Every eye turned toward Ray Humphrey Sr. when he walked into the Redmon and Lee Center on Wednesday night. He arrived a few minutes after a town hall meeting about Quincy's violence problem had started, and he was given the floor moments later...
    Every eye turned toward Ray Humphrey Sr. when he walked into the Redmon and Lee Center on Wednesday night. He arrived a few minutes after a town hall meeting about Quincy's violence problem had started, and he was...
  • EIGHINGER: It's time again to pass that virtual menu

    EIGHINGER: It's time again to pass that virtual menu

    Thursday, April 9 2015 10:29 AM EDT2015-04-09 14:29:39 GMT
    I'm hungry, so it must be time for the first of our four virtual seasonal lunches that allow breaking bread with those in the public eye. If nothing else, this proves what I do is (ful)filling. Pass the menu,...
    I'm hungry, so it must be time for the first of our four virtual seasonal lunches that allow breaking bread with those in the public eye. If nothing else, this proves what I do is (ful)filling. Pass the menu,...
  • THOMPSON: Breaking up with your first is hard to do

    THOMPSON: Breaking up with your first is hard to do

    Wednesday, April 8 2015 10:26 AM EDT2015-04-08 14:26:26 GMT
    It isn't easy for me to tell you this, but it's for the best. What I'm about to say is going to hurt you. I know it will. The last four years have brought us good and bad times, happiness and sorrow. I...
    It isn't easy for me to tell you this, but it's for the best. What I'm about to say is going to hurt you. I know it will. The last four years have brought us good and bad times, happiness and sorrow. I...
  • O'BRIEN: Hitting triple digits unlikely goal for many

    O'BRIEN: Hitting triple digits unlikely goal for many

    Tuesday, April 7 2015 10:20 AM EDT2015-04-07 14:20:22 GMT
    I was a grade schooler when I set the goal to be around for America's tricentennial. I must have been bummed out about missing all of the fun and cool fireworks displayed when America turned 200 in 1976 when I was only...
    I was a grade schooler when I set the goal to be around for America's tricentennial. I must have been bummed out about missing all of the fun and cool fireworks displayed when America turned 200 in 1976 when I was only...
  • EIGHINGER: Don't eat all the salsa, and never stiff the cabbie

    EIGHINGER: Don't eat all the salsa, and never stiff the cabbie

    Monday, April 6 2015 10:21 AM EDT2015-04-06 14:21:26 GMT
    If you're a regular reader of our "Morons of the Month" feature, you are probably aware of my theory that for some strange reason, Florida produces most of our award winners. This month is no different. I have to...
    If you're a regular reader of our "Morons of the Month" feature, you are probably aware of my theory that for some strange reason, Florida produces most of our award winners. This month is no different. I have to...
  • HOPF: State cuts may not be as severe as thought

    HOPF: State cuts may not be as severe as thought

    Monday, April 6 2015 8:50 AM EDT2015-04-06 12:50:20 GMT
    The city of Quincy received a brief reprieve in late March when state lawmakers approved a patchwork plan that plugged a $1.6 billion hole in the current fiscal year's budget. The deal will provide ...
    The city of Quincy received a brief reprieve in late March when state lawmakers approved a patchwork plan that plugged a $1.6 billion hole in the current fiscal year's budget. The deal will provide ...
  • O'BRIEN: Recent incidents inside jail show how unsafe facility is

    O'BRIEN: Recent incidents inside jail show how unsafe facility is

    Friday, April 3 2015 12:58 PM EDT2015-04-03 16:58:13 GMT
    One of the hot-button issues in next week's election is the Adams County Jail sales tax issue. Voters have a chance to approve a quarter-cent sales tax so a jail can be built to replace the aging one above the Adams...
    One of the hot-button issues in next week's election is the Adams County Jail sales tax issue. Voters have a chance to approve a quarter-cent sales tax so a jail can be built to replace the aging one above the Adams...
  • EIGHINGER: If I ever have a wart, you can keep the spider webs

    EIGHINGER: If I ever have a wart, you can keep the spider webs

    Thursday, April 2 2015 10:08 AM EDT2015-04-02 14:08:35 GMT
    One of my spare-time interests has always been researching odd, obscure facts. The weirder, the better. Normally, my pursuit of the strange comes during late-night commercial breaks when I don't feel like watching...
    One of my spare-time interests has always been researching odd, obscure facts. The weirder, the better. Normally, my pursuit of the strange comes during late-night commercial breaks when I don't feel like watching...
  • D. HUSAR: Reunion in Springfield is 150 years in the making

    D. HUSAR: Reunion in Springfield is 150 years in the making

    Wednesday, April 1 2015 9:01 AM EDT2015-04-01 13:01:19 GMT
    Fourth-graders from Quincy's Baldwin Intermediate School head to Springfield this month for field trips, and they really couldn't have picked a better time. April marks the 150th anniversary of a significant, and ultimately tragic, time in the life of Abraham Lincoln...
    Fourth-graders from Quincy's Baldwin Intermediate School head to Springfield this month for field trips, and they really couldn't have picked a better time. April marks the 150th anniversary of a significant, and ultimately tragic, time in the life of Abraham Lincoln...
  • O'BRIEN: Church rallies around family of slain 12-year-old

    O'BRIEN: Church rallies around family of slain 12-year-old

    Tuesday, March 31 2015 9:22 AM EDT2015-03-31 13:22:07 GMT
    Orville Jones has ministered to his congregation at First Baptist Church in Quincy since 1986. Sunday's service was not unlike thousands he has conducted before, but it had a sad undercurrent. One of the...
    Orville Jones has ministered to his congregation at First Baptist Church in Quincy since 1986. Sunday's service was not unlike thousands he has conducted before, but it had a sad undercurrent. One of the...
  • EIGHINGER: Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name

    EIGHINGER: Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name

    Monday, March 30 2015 11:02 AM EDT2015-03-30 15:02:48 GMT
    What is the first thing that crosses your mind when you think about your favorite television shows? In all likelihood, it's the theme song. It's the first thing that reaches out to us when that program comes...
    What is the first thing that crosses your mind when you think about your favorite television shows? In all likelihood, it's the theme song. It's the first thing that reaches out to us when that program comes...
  • WILSON: Federal, state budgets moved forward last week

    WILSON: Federal, state budgets moved forward last week

    Monday, March 30 2015 8:42 AM EDT2015-03-30 12:42:08 GMT
    Passing budgets out of a legislative body is some of the hardest and most important work a lawmaker does. It also brings to mind the cliche that anyone who likes sausage or law ...
    Passing budgets out of a legislative body is some of the hardest and most important work a lawmaker does. It also brings to mind the cliche that anyone who likes sausage or law ...
  • O'BRIEN: Ex-prisoner hopeful Adams County Jail tax issue passes

    O'BRIEN: Ex-prisoner hopeful Adams County Jail tax issue passes

    Friday, March 27 2015 9:23 AM EDT2015-03-27 13:23:21 GMT
    There was a point in his life when Scott Ash would not have entertained the thought of advocating for the Adams County Jail. Ash was in and out of the jail 15 years ago, swept up in a world that included drugs and...
    There was a point in his life when Scott Ash would not have entertained the thought of advocating for the Adams County Jail. Ash was in and out of the jail 15 years ago, swept up in a world that included drugs and...
  • EIGHINGER: The tease of springtime weather is like a Liz Taylor marriage

    EIGHINGER: The tease of springtime weather is like a Liz Taylor marriage

    Thursday, March 26 2015 1:04 PM EDT2015-03-26 17:04:36 GMT
    Since spring is now officially upon us, most everyone tends to rejoice. Not me. Spring is like a Liz Taylor marriage -- a little bit of good, but mostly bad and a lot of nasty interruptions. Speaking of a Liz Taylor...
    Since spring is now officially upon us, most everyone tends to rejoice. Not me. Spring is like a Liz Taylor marriage -- a little bit of good, but mostly bad and a lot of nasty interruptions. Speaking of a Liz Taylor...
  • HUSAR: Irritation with Facebook now moving beyond the annoying alerts

    HUSAR: Irritation with Facebook now moving beyond the annoying alerts

    Wednesday, March 25 2015 9:21 AM EDT2015-03-25 13:21:05 GMT
    Columnist Ed HusarColumnist Ed Husar
    I have to admit I've never been a big fan of Facebook. I grudgingly signed up for the online yakking service a couple of years ago to keep up with news from our ever-expanding family. But I can't say I've...
    I have to admit I've never been a big fan of Facebook. I grudgingly signed up for the online yakking service a couple of years ago to keep up with news from our ever-expanding family. But I can't say I've...
  • O'BRIEN: It could soon be possible to become your family's tree

    O'BRIEN: It could soon be possible to become your family's tree

    Tuesday, March 24 2015 8:53 AM EDT2015-03-24 12:53:14 GMT
    There are some things you read and immediately say to yourself, "There's no way that can be real." Living in the Internet age, it's wise to surf the World Wide Web with a healthy dose of skepticism. You really...
    There are some things you read and immediately say to yourself, "There's no way that can be real." Living in the Internet age, it's wise to surf the World Wide Web with a healthy dose of skepticism. You really...
  • EIGHINGER: Oooh, ahhhh ... Gladys Knight, are you listening?

    EIGHINGER: Oooh, ahhhh ... Gladys Knight, are you listening?

    Monday, March 23 2015 9:20 AM EDT2015-03-23 13:20:31 GMT
    Some youngsters want to grow up to be president. You know, leader of the greatest country on the face of the earth. Others envision a career as an astronaut and traveling to another planet. Some dream of becoming a...
    Some youngsters want to grow up to be president. You know, leader of the greatest country on the face of the earth. Others envision a career as an astronaut and traveling to another planet. Some dream of becoming a...
  • HOPF: Despite the battering, Schock's fall still surprises

    HOPF: Despite the battering, Schock's fall still surprises

    Sunday, March 22 2015 2:57 PM EDT2015-03-22 18:57:16 GMT
    The fall was as meteoric as the rise. Six weeks after the “Downton Abbey” decor in his office was first reported by the Washington Post, U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, resigned as revelations about expenses from his taxpayer-funded account ...
    The fall was as meteoric as the rise. Six weeks after the “Downton Abbey” decor in his office was first reported by the Washington Post, U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, resigned as revelations about expenses from his taxpayer-funded account ...
  • O'BRIEN: End of probation road a reason for former meth user to celebrate

    O'BRIEN: End of probation road a reason for former meth user to celebrate

    Friday, March 20 2015 9:29 AM EDT2015-03-20 13:29:37 GMT
    Don O'BrienDon O'Brien
    The crime and courts beat has very few "feel-good" stories. The daily grind is often filled with writing about people who have done bad things, but there are good folks who make bad decisions -- some of which are...
    The crime and courts beat has very few "feel-good" stories. The daily grind is often filled with writing about people who have done bad things, but there are good folks who make bad decisions -- some of which are...
  • EIGHINGER: Enjoy the tournament, and hope she goes with the mauve

    EIGHINGER: Enjoy the tournament, and hope she goes with the mauve

    Thursday, March 19 2015 8:35 AM EDT2015-03-19 12:35:18 GMT
    My hunch is quite a few Quincy divorce attorneys may be getting a call Monday morning. If ever there is a weekend that challenges even the strongest of marriages it's the one coming up -- the first weekend of the...
    My hunch is quite a few Quincy divorce attorneys may be getting a call Monday morning. If ever there is a weekend that challenges even the strongest of marriages it's the one coming up -- the first weekend of the...
  • THOMPSON: Friends old and new rally behind Rylee

    THOMPSON: Friends old and new rally behind Rylee

    Wednesday, March 18 2015 10:17 AM EDT2015-03-18 14:17:13 GMT
    Alyse ThompsonAlyse Thompson
    Twelve-year-old Rylee Faett loved playing sports and serving her southwest Florida community until the sudden onset of a nervous system disorder two months ago caused her to lose use of her legs.
    Twelve-year-old Rylee Faett loved playing sports and serving her southwest Florida community until the sudden onset of a nervous system disorder two months ago caused her to lose use of her legs.
  • O'BRIEN: Why is St. Patrick's Day so great? Let's count the ways

    O'BRIEN: Why is St. Patrick's Day so great? Let's count the ways

    Tuesday, March 17 2015 11:04 AM EDT2015-03-17 15:04:05 GMT
    Don O'BrienDon O'Brien
    Happy St. Patrick's Day all. It's the one day of the year that everyone acts like they're Irish. Just slap an "O'" in front of your last name, and you'll have the luck of the Irish on your side. March...
    Happy St. Patrick's Day all. It's the one day of the year that everyone acts like they're Irish. Just slap an "O'" in front of your last name, and you'll have the luck of the Irish on your side. March...
  • EIGHINGER: My birth date makes me part of a rather eclectic bunch

    EIGHINGER: My birth date makes me part of a rather eclectic bunch

    Monday, March 16 2015 9:48 AM EDT2015-03-16 13:48:00 GMT
    A couple of Sunday afternoons ago I was watching NASCAR post-race coverage of an event Kevin Harvick won when I noticed the two of us had something in common -- the same birthday, Dec. 8. Yes, Harvick is a few years...
    A couple of Sunday afternoons ago I was watching NASCAR post-race coverage of an event Kevin Harvick won when I noticed the two of us had something in common -- the same birthday, Dec. 8. Yes, Harvick is a few years...
  • WILSON: 'Zalazinski bill' sponsored in Illinois House, Senate

    WILSON: 'Zalazinski bill' sponsored in Illinois House, Senate

    Monday, March 16 2015 8:45 AM EDT2015-03-16 12:45:04 GMT
    Illinois legislators saw the good and the bad last week. On a positive note, Rep. Randy Frese, R-Quincy, and Sen. John Sullivan, D-Rushville, have identical bills in committee. Among other things, the legislation would ...
    Illinois legislators saw the good and the bad last week. On a positive note, Rep. Randy Frese, R-Quincy, and Sen. John Sullivan, D-Rushville, have identical bills in committee. Among other things, the legislation would ...
  • O'BRIEN: Explaining the parenting miracle of not killing your children

    O'BRIEN: Explaining the parenting miracle of not killing your children

    Friday, March 13 2015 9:19 AM EDT2015-03-13 13:19:56 GMT
    Tuesday morning was "one of those days" inside the O'Brien house. It took about 48 hours for the loss of the hour of sleep thanks to daylight saving time to catch up to us. For some reason, the time change was a tough...
    Tuesday morning was "one of those days" inside the O'Brien house. It took about 48 hours for the loss of the hour of sleep thanks to daylight saving time to catch up to us. For some reason, the time change was a tough...
  • EIGHINGER: Admit it, 'Scrawny Arms Rob Lowe' is hilarious

    EIGHINGER: Admit it, 'Scrawny Arms Rob Lowe' is hilarious

    Thursday, March 12 2015 9:19 AM EDT2015-03-12 13:19:04 GMT
    One of America's newest pop culture phenomena are those crazy Rob Lowe commercials for DirecTV. Yes, I know what you're thinking. And you're right. They're not all drop-to-your-knees hilarious, but...
    One of America's newest pop culture phenomena are those crazy Rob Lowe commercials for DirecTV. Yes, I know what you're thinking. And you're right. They're not all drop-to-your-knees hilarious, but...
  • D. HUSAR: Lincoln Library's 'Stories from the Stacks' highlights area pioneers

    D. HUSAR: Lincoln Library's 'Stories from the Stacks' highlights area pioneers

    Wednesday, March 11 2015 9:33 AM EDT2015-03-11 13:33:05 GMT
    Christiana Holmes Tillson traded a comfortable life in Massachusetts for pioneer life in Illinois, moving to Hillsboro in 1822 and to Quincy in 1843. After moving from Kentucky to Brown County in 1832, Lucinda Peters...
    Christiana Holmes Tillson traded a comfortable life in Massachusetts for pioneer life in Illinois, moving to Hillsboro in 1822 and to Quincy in 1843. After moving from Kentucky to Brown County in 1832, Lucinda Peters...
  • O'BRIEN: Modern-day explorers hoping to colonize Mars

    O'BRIEN: Modern-day explorers hoping to colonize Mars

    Tuesday, March 10 2015 10:08 AM EDT2015-03-10 14:08:57 GMT
    More than a few people had to think Christopher Columbus was off his rocker more than 500 years ago. No one in Europe in the late 1400s knew what was on the other side of the world. Columbus wanted to find a western sea...
    More than a few people had to think Christopher Columbus was off his rocker more than 500 years ago. No one in Europe in the late 1400s knew what was on the other side of the world. Columbus wanted to find a western sea...
  • EIGHINGER: Casting Crowns singer faces battle with cancer

    EIGHINGER: Casting Crowns singer faces battle with cancer

    Monday, March 9 2015 11:49 AM EDT2015-03-09 15:49:25 GMT
    The news hit me pretty hard late last week. Mark Hall, the lead singer, spokesman and overall familiar face of contemporary Christian megaband Casting Crowns, announced March 4 he had cancer.
    The news hit me pretty hard late last week. Mark Hall, the lead singer, spokesman and overall familiar face of contemporary Christian megaband Casting Crowns, announced March 4 he had cancer. 
  • HOPF: Proposal leaves city in limbo as it looks to adopt budget for next fiscal year

    HOPF: Proposal leaves city in limbo as it looks to adopt budget for next fiscal year

    Monday, March 9 2015 9:54 AM EDT2015-03-09 13:54:53 GMT
    Communities and service organizations are going to be watching as Illinois state lawmakers craft a budget for the next fiscal year. And it might be a long wait. At stake is 50 percent of the shared income tax revenue the state provides ...
    Communities and service organizations are going to be watching as Illinois state lawmakers craft a budget for the next fiscal year. And it might be a long wait. At stake is 50 percent of the shared income tax revenue the state provides ...
  • O'BRIEN: Getting to the bottom of a troubling beauty trend

    O'BRIEN: Getting to the bottom of a troubling beauty trend

    Friday, March 6 2015 8:44 AM EST2015-03-06 13:44:36 GMT
    Don O'BrienDon O'Brien
    Anyone who subscribes to satellite television knows way too many channels are offered. Several of them air nothing but infomercials, and if you dig seeing what Ron Popeil's latest thing is, you can watch infomercials...
    Anyone who subscribes to satellite television knows way too many channels are offered. Several of them air nothing but infomercials, and if you dig seeing what Ron Popeil's latest thing is, you can watch infomercials...
  • 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...
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