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7-Day Forecast: Quincy

Friday
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  • 82°
  • 65°

Thunderstorms

Saturday
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  • 72°
  • 49°

A few thunderstorms possible

Sunday
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  • 68°
  • 53°

Cloudy

Monday
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  • 75°
  • 58°

Considerable cloudiness

Tuesday
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  • 81°
  • 68°

Mostly cloudy

Wednesday
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  • 84°
  • 68°

Partly cloudy

Thursday
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  • 83°
  • 68°

Partly cloudy

Currently in Quincy as of

  • 67°(Feels like 67°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: SSW @ 7 mph
  • Barometer: 29.96 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:40:18 am
  • Sunset: 08:26:11 pm
  • Humidity: 97
  • Visibility: 4 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Macomb

Friday
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  • 83°
  • 64°

Afternoon thunderstorms

Saturday
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  • 67°
  • 45°

Cloudy

Sunday
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  • 69°
  • 48°

Mix of sun and clouds

Monday
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  • 75°
  • 52°

Mix of sun and clouds

Tuesday
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  • 81°
  • 58°

Sunny

Wednesday
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  • 85°
  • 63°

Mostly sunny

Thursday
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  • 88°
  • 67°

Mainly sunny

Currently in Macomb as of

  • 66°(Feels like 66°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: SSE @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 30 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:35:34 am
  • Sunset: 08:24:53 pm
  • Humidity: 96
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Pittsfield

Friday
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  • 82°
  • 66°

Afternoon thunderstorms

Saturday
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  • 71°
  • 50°

Showers ending by midday

Sunday
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  • 66°
  • 51°

Clouds giving way to sun

Monday
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  • 74°
  • 57°

Mix of sun and clouds

Tuesday
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  • 80°
  • 61°

Plenty of sun

Wednesday
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  • 85°
  • 65°

More sun than clouds

Thursday
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  • 88°
  • 68°

Abundant sunshine

Currently in Pittsfield as of

  • 69°(Feels like 69°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: SSE @ 6 mph
  • Barometer: 29.99 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:38:43 am
  • Sunset: 08:22:46 pm
  • Humidity: 88
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Hannibal

Friday
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  • 81°
  • 65°

Afternoon showers and thunderstorms

Saturday
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  • 70°
  • 49°

Cloudy

Sunday
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  • 67°
  • 49°

Partly cloudy

Monday
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  • 74°
  • 56°

Mix of sun and clouds

Tuesday
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  • 81°
  • 61°

Plenty of sun

Wednesday
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  • 85°
  • 65°

Mostly sunny

Thursday
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  • 88°
  • 68°

Mostly sunny

Currently in Hannibal as of

  • 68°(Feels like 68°)
  • Overcast
  • Wind: S @ 7 mph
  • Barometer: 29.97 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:41:11 am
  • Sunset: 08:25:42 pm
  • Humidity: 94
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

Regional Conditions

Quincy
67°
Macomb
66°
Pittsfield
69°
Hannibal
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  • EIGHINGER: Add another name to Quincy's most famous list

    EIGHINGER: Add another name to Quincy's most famous list

    Thursday, May 28 2015 10:40 AM EDT2015-05-28 14:40:45 GMT
    Sometimes the most interesting items can pop up in an otherwise mundane conversation. Mike, a former Hollywood publicist, mentioned during our conversation that I had "missed one" when it came to the story about famous people from Quincy I had written a few weeks earlier...
    Sometimes the most interesting items can pop up in an otherwise mundane conversation. Mike, a former Hollywood publicist, mentioned during our conversation that I had "missed one" when it came to the story about famous people from Quincy I had written a few weeks earlier...
  • HUSAR: Retired teacher steps up to continue musical farewell to veterans

    HUSAR: Retired teacher steps up to continue musical farewell to veterans

    Wednesday, May 27 2015 3:00 PM EDT2015-05-27 19:00:26 GMT
    Deceased veterans were honored in a familiar way near the conclusion of Friday's Memorial Day service at the Illinois Veterans Home. A seven-member American Legion honor guard fired a rifle salute while...
    Deceased veterans were honored in a familiar way near the conclusion of Friday's Memorial Day service at the Illinois Veterans Home. A seven-member American Legion honor guard fired a rifle salute while...
  • O'BRIEN: Fancy socks leading to big bucks for manufacturers

    O'BRIEN: Fancy socks leading to big bucks for manufacturers

    Tuesday, May 26 2015 10:54 AM EDT2015-05-26 14:54:12 GMT
    These weren't your run-of-the-mill white tube socks. These were high-dollar hose done in the colors of the flags of Mexico, Spain and Brazil, probably made for soccer, one sport my son doesn't play. He didn't care. The socks were cool, and he was getting them...
    These weren't your run-of-the-mill white tube socks that we all were required to wear in PE back in high school. These were high-dollar hose. The socks were done in the colors of the flags of Mexico, Spain and...
  • WILSON: Illinois, Missouri offer reverse mirror images of dysfunctional government

    WILSON: Illinois, Missouri offer reverse mirror images of dysfunctional government

    Sunday, May 24 2015 7:00 AM EDT2015-05-24 11:00:18 GMT
    Missouri legislators wrapped up their spring session a little more than a week ago, and Illinois lawmakers are set to complete theirs in a week. Neither General Assembly has had a particularly good year -- for entirely...
    Missouri legislators wrapped up their spring session a little more than a week ago, and Illinois lawmakers are set to complete theirs in a week. Neither General Assembly has had a particularly good year -- for entirely...
  • O'BRIEN: Macker-Exchange Club relationship a winning combination for Quincy

    O'BRIEN: Macker-Exchange Club relationship a winning combination for Quincy

    Friday, May 22 2015 9:29 AM EDT2015-05-22 13:29:34 GMT
    A little more than 25 years ago, the Quincy Exchange Club was looking for a new way to raise money. A raffle the club held wasn't working out the way the group had hoped. Some of the club members heard about a 3-on-3...
    A little more than 25 years ago, the Quincy Exchange Club was looking for a new way to raise money. A raffle the club held wasn't working out the way the group had hoped. Some of the club members heard about a 3-on-3...
  • EIGHINGER: Remembering Shep, the Limelights and Three Dog Night

    EIGHINGER: Remembering Shep, the Limelights and Three Dog Night

    Thursday, May 21 2015 9:51 AM EDT2015-05-21 13:51:29 GMT
    Once upon a time, only the music mattered when it came to determining what might or might not be a hit record. Then along came the late 1960s, when the names of individual artists and groups underwent a transformation...
    Once upon a time, only the music mattered when it came to determining what might or might not be a hit record. Then along came the late 1960s, when the names of individual artists and groups underwent a transformation...
  • THOMPSON: Skydivers to drop in on Hannibal next weekend

    THOMPSON: Skydivers to drop in on Hannibal next weekend

    Wednesday, May 20 2015 9:25 AM EDT2015-05-20 13:25:27 GMT
    A Hannibal-based skydiving company is bringing new meaning to the concept of neighborly behavior. Rapid Descent Skydiving, an arm of Barron Aviation Private Flight Services, will host an "Invite the Neighbors" event on...
    A Hannibal-based skydiving company is bringing new meaning to the concept of neighborly behavior. Rapid Descent Skydiving, an arm of Barron Aviation Private Flight Services, will host an "Invite the Neighbors" event on...
  • O'BRIEN: Attack on law enforcement an ongoing battle on several fronts

    O'BRIEN: Attack on law enforcement an ongoing battle on several fronts

    Tuesday, May 19 2015 8:55 AM EDT2015-05-19 12:55:09 GMT
    Police Chief Rob Copley's message to a group gathered Friday morning outside Quincy City Hall for a National Peace Officer Memorial ceremony was simple. "Law enforcement is under attack," he said. It's hard to...
    Police Chief Rob Copley's message to a group gathered Friday morning outside Quincy City Hall for a National Peace Officer Memorial ceremony was simple. "Law enforcement is under attack," he said. It's hard to...
  • EIGHINGER: Sure do miss that old Baskin-Robbins store

    EIGHINGER: Sure do miss that old Baskin-Robbins store

    Monday, May 18 2015 10:00 AM EDT2015-05-18 14:00:14 GMT
    Rarely is there a time when I am driving on Broadway when I don't think about the old Baskin-Robbins ice cream store that closed about 15 years ago. Not only is any Baskin-Robbins location one of my favorite places on Earth...
    Rarely is there a time when I am driving on Broadway when I don't think about the old Baskin-Robbins ice cream store that closed about 15 years ago. Not only is any Baskin-Robbins location one of my favorite places on Earth...
  • HOPF: City, counties more likely to feel pinch after pension ruling

    HOPF: City, counties more likely to feel pinch after pension ruling

    Sunday, May 17 2015 8:35 PM EDT2015-05-18 00:35:57 GMT
     Municipalities and counties statewide continue to feel angst as state lawmakers aren't any closer to approving a budget for the next fiscal year that starts July 1. This means officials will wait to see how much - if any - is cut ...
     Municipalities and counties statewide continue to feel angst as state lawmakers aren't any closer to approving a budget for the next fiscal year that starts July 1. This means officials will wait to see how much - if any - is cut ...

  • EIGHINGER: Spring brings deep thoughts and a gooey backyard

    EIGHINGER: Spring brings deep thoughts and a gooey backyard

    Thursday, May 14 2015 9:51 AM EDT2015-05-14 13:51:52 GMT
    Are any of the other four seasons better suited to some sort of specialized verse than spring? Never have I been accused of being any sort of intellectual type -- and with good reason -- yet it amazes me each year how...
    Are any of the other four seasons better suited to some sort of specialized verse than spring? Never have I been accused of being any sort of intellectual type -- and with good reason -- yet it amazes me each year how...
  • D. HUSAR: Lucky dog lives in 'Taj Mahal'

    D. HUSAR: Lucky dog lives in 'Taj Mahal'

    Wednesday, May 13 2015 11:10 AM EDT2015-05-13 15:10:04 GMT
    Spending time in the doghouse wouldn't be half-bad at the home of David and Pat Sprague in Plainville. At least as long as Molly, the couple's 6-year-old yellow Lab, doesn't mind sharing. "She has the Taj Mahal," Pat Sprague ...
    Spending time in the doghouse wouldn't be half-bad at the home of David and Pat Sprague in Plainville. At least as long as Molly, the couple's 6-year-old yellow Lab, doesn't mind sharing. "She has the Taj...
  • O'BRIEN: New smartphone app a game changer for watching live video

    O'BRIEN: New smartphone app a game changer for watching live video

    Tuesday, May 12 2015 10:06 AM EDT2015-05-12 14:06:05 GMT
    My trip started out at New York's Wall Street. Nothing big was happening, just a few people milling around on a cool, damp day in the Big Apple. Seconds later, the sunshine of Venice Beach, Calif., could be seen....
    My trip started out at New York's Wall Street. Nothing big was happening, just a few people milling around on a cool, damp day in the Big Apple. Seconds later, the sunshine of Venice Beach, Calif., could be seen....
  • EIGHINGER: Late night won't be the same without Letterman

    EIGHINGER: Late night won't be the same without Letterman

    Monday, May 11 2015 10:08 AM EDT2015-05-11 14:08:18 GMT
    Part of me says it's nothing more than another example of advancing years. Another part of me, however, feels like I'm losing a friend who has been around forever. David Letterman and his often zany late-night...
    Part of me says it's nothing more than another example of advancing years. Another part of me, however, feels like I'm losing a friend who has been around forever. David Letterman and his often zany late-night...
  • WILSON: EPA rulings on fuel standards, water will affect everyone

    WILSON: EPA rulings on fuel standards, water will affect everyone

    Saturday, May 9 2015 10:00 PM EDT2015-05-10 02:00:12 GMT
    Washington, D.C., often is perceived as a far-off place that's not connected to most people's everyday life. Recent news about the EPA preparing final rules shows how things in the nation's capitol often make...
    Washington, D.C., often is perceived as a far-off place that's not connected to most people's everyday life. Recent news about the EPA preparing final rules shows how things in the nation's capitol often make...
  • O'BRIEN: Domino effect of jail attack includes lengthy prison sentences, new Adams County facility

    O'BRIEN: Domino effect of jail attack includes lengthy prison sentences, new Adams County facility

    Their plan to get out of jail wasn't a good one. Matlick filed a toothbrush into a homemade knife, while Ray was carrying a sharpened pencil the afternoon of July 27. The men intended to attack a female corrections officer, take her hostage and flee...
    Their plan to get out of jail wasn't a good one. Matlick filed a toothbrush into a homemade knife, while Ray was carrying a sharpened pencil the afternoon of July 27. The men intended to attack a female corrections officer, take her hostage and flee...
  • EIGHINGER: Mother's Day always will remain special

    EIGHINGER: Mother's Day always will remain special

    Thursday, May 7 2015 2:58 PM EDT2015-05-07 18:58:21 GMT
    My best friend was my mom for the first 50 years of my life. I'm not embarrassed to say that. In fact, I'm rather proud. She always had my back, but she also would never hesitate to kick my butt. Even after I...
    My best friend was my mom for the first 50 years of my life. I'm not embarrassed to say that. In fact, I'm rather proud. She always had my back, but she also would never hesitate to kick my butt. Even after I...
  • HUSAR: Remnant from old train depot offers glimpse into Quincy's past

    HUSAR: Remnant from old train depot offers glimpse into Quincy's past

    Wednesday, May 6 2015 8:49 AM EDT2015-05-06 12:49:08 GMT
    A prized artifact from Quincy's architectural past is flying high once again. A weather vane that stood atop a 147-foot steeple rising from the long-gone Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad depot is...
    A prized artifact from Quincy's architectural past is flying high once again. A weather vane that stood atop a 147-foot steeple rising from the long-gone Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad depot is...
  • O'BRIEN: Facebook proving to be good resource to catch criminals

    O'BRIEN: Facebook proving to be good resource to catch criminals

    Tuesday, May 5 2015 12:05 PM EDT2015-05-05 16:05:22 GMT
    Of all of the things that the Internet has given us, it's difficult to argue that Facebook isn't the best thing on the World Wide Web. Without Facebook, we would have no idea how those old high school and college...
    Of all of the things that the Internet has given us, it's difficult to argue that Facebook isn't the best thing on the World Wide Web. Without Facebook, we would have no idea how those old high school and college...
  • EIGHINGER: Vietnam anniversaries rekindle both memories, questions

    EIGHINGER: Vietnam anniversaries rekindle both memories, questions

    Monday, May 4 2015 9:06 AM EDT2015-05-04 13:06:50 GMT
    Did you notice late last week was the 40th anniversary of the end of the conflict in Vietnam? That news struck a raw nerve for some of us. Growing up with Vietnam as a backdrop to your formative years was bound to...
    Did you notice late last week was the 40th anniversary of the end of the conflict in Vietnam? That news struck a raw nerve for some of us. Growing up with Vietnam as a backdrop to your formative years was bound to...
  • HOPF: Aldermen must step up with institutional knowledge

    HOPF: Aldermen must step up with institutional knowledge

    Monday, May 4 2015 9:06 AM EDT2015-05-04 13:06:26 GMT
     The Quincy City Council will be losing its longest-serving alderman -- with 30 years of institutional knowledge about city and state finances -- after Steve Duesterhaus attends his final meeting Monday ...
     The Quincy City Council will be losing its longest-serving alderman -- with 30 years of institutional knowledge about city and state finances -- after Steve Duesterhaus attends his final meeting Monday ...
  • O'BRIEN: Woman, 101, wouldn't want to live anywhere but Quincy

    O'BRIEN: Woman, 101, wouldn't want to live anywhere but Quincy

    Friday, May 1 2015 10:18 AM EDT2015-05-01 14:18:13 GMT
    Juanita Wright's earliest moments of living in Quincy harken back to the days when only Model T and Model A Fords cruised the city streets. She moved to Quincy in the middle of the Great Depression in 1935. With...
    Juanita Wright's earliest moments of living in Quincy harken back to the days when only Model T and Model A Fords cruised the city streets. She moved to Quincy in the middle of the Great Depression in 1935. With...
  • EIGHINGER: Finally, some good news for fatheads

    EIGHINGER: Finally, some good news for fatheads

    Thursday, April 30 2015 5:33 PM EDT2015-04-30 21:33:02 GMT
    Growing up, I got used to being the butt of many jokes about the size of my head. Later in life, I was regularly subjected to ridicule about the immenseness of my noggin, even while on the job. The most common phrase I...
    Growing up, I got used to being the butt of many jokes about the size of my head. Later in life, I was regularly subjected to ridicule about the immenseness of my noggin, even while on the job. The most common phrase I...
  • THOMPSON: The price of a little selfie improvement

    THOMPSON: The price of a little selfie improvement

    Wednesday, April 29 2015 9:12 AM EDT2015-04-29 13:12:20 GMT
    The ability to have blemishes, rolls and wrinkles erased with a single click is no longer reserved for people appearing on glossy magazine pages. Apps such as Facetune now allow the average selfie-taker to retouch their photos beyond simple adjustments...
    The ability to have blemishes, rolls and wrinkles erased with a single click is no longer reserved for people appearing on glossy magazine pages. Apps such as Facetune now allow the average selfie-taker to retouch their photos beyond simple adjustments...
  • O'BRIEN: Quincy man ready to go medieval at international event

    O'BRIEN: Quincy man ready to go medieval at international event

    Tuesday, April 28 2015 10:37 AM EDT2015-04-28 14:37:38 GMT
    Think you have trouble getting your luggage through airport security? Try getting 85 pounds of armor and various swords past the fine folks with the Transportation Safety Administration. So goes the life of Quincy's...
    Think you have trouble getting your luggage through airport security? Try getting 85 pounds of armor and various swords past the fine folks with the Transportation Safety Administration. So goes the life of Quincy's...
  • EIGHINGER: I'm doing my best with this texting thing

    EIGHINGER: I'm doing my best with this texting thing

    Monday, April 27 2015 10:09 AM EDT2015-04-27 14:09:18 GMT
    Anyone who has spent any amount of time with me would probably acknowledge I am rather deficient when it comes to anything dealing with technology. I long for the return of typewriters and rotary phones, but I gladly...
    Anyone who has spent any amount of time with me would probably acknowledge I am rather deficient when it comes to anything dealing with technology. I long for the return of typewriters and rotary phones, but I gladly...
  • WILSON: Who's getting excited about Rauner's right-to-work plan?

    WILSON: Who's getting excited about Rauner's right-to-work plan?

    Monday, April 27 2015 8:40 AM EDT2015-04-27 12:40:09 GMT
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's idea of creating right-to-work zones is energizing lots of people -- not all on the same side of the issue. Rauner proposed during his campaign last year that ...
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's idea of creating right-to-work zones is energizing lots of people -- not all on the same side of the issue. Rauner proposed during his campaign last year that ...
  • 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. 
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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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