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Adams County wisely pursues Mental Health Court

Adams County will soon have a Mental Health Court thanks to a state grant and the efforts of several concerned individuals in the criminal justice system and mental health field. Redeploy Illinois is providing a $29,136 grant to establish the court.

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Hannibal targets blighted neighborhoods, launches revitalization effort

Hannibal officials who have seen some neighborhoods deteriorate over the past 30 or 40 years have wisely launched a program to restore pride and higher home values to blighted areas. City Manager Jeff LaGarce said the city unveiled a revitalization progra

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Indicting VW employees right step for Justice

VOLKSWAGEN'S indefensible meddling with vehicle emissions to circumvent U.S. environmental standards has cost the international car maker billions of dollars in settlements, fines and lost sales. Now the Justice Department has taken a new, welcome step an

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Building partnerships key to GREDF's success

PARTNERSHIPS that lead to important economic successes took center stage during Wednesday's annual meeting of the Great River Economic Development Foundation.

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Americans must take control of financial future

THE Wall Street Journal recently ignited an online forest fire when some of the early champions of the 401(k) surprisingly disclosed a change of heart, seeing that the retirement investment accounts haven't lived up to their expectations. Why the lament?

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Greitens, Missouri Legislature should seize moment

NEW Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens had not yet settled into his office Monday when he was presented with the first of several challenges he will face this year: The state budget will need to be trimmed by another $500 million because revenue continues to lag

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Charging four with hate crime was right decision

THE decision to charge four young adult African-Americans in Chicago with hate crimes and other felonies for the abduction and torture of an 18-year-old white student with special needs was the correct one. The case is especially notorious because of the

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Federal safety proposal for cars not without risks

THE U.S. Department of Transportation is proposing to require new cars to communicate with one another. Such communication is a great idea. But that doesn't mean the federal government should mandate it or that it will prevent all accidents. Under the rul

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Feds should hasten PTSD secondary research

A TYPE of talk therapy has shown strong, if initial, results in helping active-duty soldiers manage post-traumatic stress disorder, which has been associated with suicide. The federal government should accelerate secondary research to ensure the treatment

Lawmakers have opportunity to invigorate Illinois economy
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Lawmakers have opportunity to invigorate Illinois economy

Setting public policy for Illinois should not be a zero-sum game where one side wins everything and the other gets nothing. That approach is destined for failure, and, clearly, it is failing the people and employers of Illinois today.