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More mass shootings! We need gun reform. People with violent criminal backgrounds, including the mentally ill, should not have guns.…

More than a half-century ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established May 1, 1958, as the first-ever Law Day. A joint resolution …

By Laurie BergnerOn March 20, we will all have the opportunity to vote in two primaries, the results of which will contribute to det…

The past year has been difficult and frustrating for everyone touched by the public pension debate in Illinois.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics has just made it official: according to its report “Prisoners in 2010,” the number of adult state a…

The government has an obligation to support education. It is in everybody’s best interest that all of our citizens are educated to t…

By Gian C. Sud

On Aug. 31, The Pantagraph printed a “Viewpoint” piece written by Lisa Rickard of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, locat…

The comedian W.C. Fields once said, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then give up. There’s no point in being a damn f…

The hateful rhetoric arising from Washington, D.C., is an insidious disease infecting our national conscience and fanning the fires …

Bloomington Public Library’s Board of Trustees recently completed a 10-year strategic plan for the library.

Perspective is everything. Just in case you are having a bad one, here is my humble perspective: I will not whine; I’ll take America…

It has been 100 years since one of the deadliest industrial disasters in U.S. history. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire caused t…

After passing a record tax increase that attracted national headlines, Illinois Democratic leaders are looking for a way to redeem t…

Abraham Lincoln was what today might be referred to as a “newspaper junkie.” He was a voracious reader and a staunch supporter of th…

In 1980, I was a young man who had the opportunity to work on Ronald Reagan’s campaign in the primary. I was fortunate to catch the …

On Dec. 30, The Pantagraph ran an editorial quoting portions of the American Tort Reform Association’s “Judicial Hellhole” report an…

The angry eruption several months ago over a Muslim community center in New York soon spread to Central Illinois. Before summer was …

George W. Bush summed it up at an $800 a plate dinner back in 2000 with a joke: “This is an impressive crowd — the haves and the hav…

It has been said a lie can make it half way around the world before the truth can even put its boots on. No one is suggesting that t…

By Philip Nelson

In cobbling together the broad-based coalition that rammed health reform though Congress earlier this year, President Obama and his …

A battle is breaking out between health insurers and the Obama administration over who is to blame for rising health insurance costs.

Our community, which has a long history of receiving immigrants from afar, now has another group, almost invisible as they work, sho…

We were driving into Yosemite Valley from the south and had a dramatic panoramic view of one of our nation’s most recognizable lands…

These days, Illinois is in desperate need of a multitude of things: an influx of jobs, a fully funded pension system, a winning base…

Who should draw the boundaries from which we elect state legislators to the Illinois House and Senate — the politicians and lobbyist…

Congressional Democrats have released a final version of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul bill. Here are some of the ma…

In the decades before becoming a state senator, David Luechtefeld guided the Okawville Rockets to 738 victories, more than all but n…