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More than 300 immigrant children were reunited with parents Thursday. The number split from parents totals more than 2,500

The Trump administration is due back in court Friday for the fifth time in two weeks as a judge tries to enforce a July 26 reunification deadline.  Read more



Widow returns to the dating pool and finds troubled water

DEAR ABBY: I was widowed seven years ago. When my husband died, I thought it was the end of my suffering. It had been a mentally and physic… Read more

COLUMN: The King, the BBQ, and the incident

My long-planned summertime vacation is over, but I can now say I've tasted Memphis barbecue, walked on some of the paths trod by Elvis Pres… Read more

Grandma is at a loss for words of advice for smitten grandson

DEAR ABBY: I have guardianship of my 12-year-old grandson. He has recently fallen head over heels for a girl in his class and wants to date… Read more

Food-loving family makes no exception for special diet

DEAR ABBY: I am a diagnosed narcoleptic. Medication helps with the symptoms, but not entirely. I looked into alternative options and found … Read more

Girl's old friends turn away when she returns to school

DEAR ABBY: My daughter has graduated from high school. She had been in a residential treatment program for depression the year and a half p… Read more



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EDITORIAL: Suicide warnings hit home with celebrity deaths

Anyone who says suicide is a long-term solution to a short-term problem has never slipped into that blackest hole of hell, or has never lis… Read more

EDITORIAL: Blagojevich sentence should be reduced

Disgraced ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich deserves to be in prison. But here’s the catch: We can’t condemn President Donald Trump’s suggestion that… Read more

EDITORIAL: State budget a relief, but much more to do

Fair is fair. Read more

EDITORIAL: Hoax threats no joke to law enforcement

We all know the story about the boy who cried "wolf," but it's never stopped people from making stupid decisions. Read more

OUR VIEW: A plea to Illinois legislators: Pass a state budget

Dear state elected officials, Read more


LETTER: Citizens need more help from deputies

I'm writing this with a bit of bewilderment. I have to wonder why someone would have to get hurt before enough is enough for Coles county s… Read more

LETTER: Liberals 'trying to drag this country into socialism'

You have Conservatives who work hard at factories or are in the construction industry, etc. and are trying to support their families and ma… Read more

LETTER: Tariffs protect American industry

Tariffs and import duties are again in the news as President Trump seeks to protect American industry and labor from unfair trading practic… Read more

LETTER: Americanism has been absent too long

Despite the robust economy, gross income inequality continues; our national debt soars; interest rates rise; our infrastructure crumbles an… Read more

LETTER: Health care system is failing

Our current insurance situation is pathetic! In 2018 we still cannot get it right. At first it seemed fine, pick from one of these many com… Read more


National Opinion

Commentary: Ready to pay a lot more for air-conditioning? Senate may leave you no choice

Sweltering summer heat means families across the country have their air conditioners on full blast - in their homes and in their cars. Unfortunately, if the Senate ratifies the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, the price tag for running, repairing and replacing your AC could get a whole lot higher. The 1987 Montreal Protocol was an agreement to phase out production of ... Read more

Commentary: Race and gender principles divide those in artistic world

Took my nose out of the political news to find an interesting clash of principles dividing the theater and music worlds. To wit: What is more important, the issue of artistic freedom or sociopolitical fairness? Does one override the other, or is it situational? In one of two current cases, the actor Scarlett Johansson decided, under heavy pressure, not to play the role of a transgender man in ... Read more

Commentary: Unsung hero: A pioneer in transgender health care

For a brief time last week, a controversy arose over actor Scarlett Johansson's decision to play the role of transsexual Dante "Tex" Gill in the upcoming movie project "Rub and Tug." Johansson has decided to "withdraw her participation in the project" as a response to social media criticism. Even as the media focused on this contretemps, a legendary American plastic surgeon, pioneer and unsung ... Read more

Commentary: Kylie Jenner didn't build that

When Forbes put Kylie Jenner on the cover of its latest issue and declared her one of the "60 richest self-made women," the magazine seemed to think it was telling a simple, inspiring tale: About how the youngest child of America's reality TV royal family, the Kardashians, became an almost-billionaire cosmetics mogul before the age of 21. But the meaning of the story was in the politics of the ... Read more

Commentary: Perhaps Trump should read 'The Art of the Deal'

Donald Trump voters thought they were electing a tough negotiator who would stand up for U.S. interests against our adversaries, but after the president's historically weak performance during his joint news conference Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, that myth can safely be laid to rest. I don't know if House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader ... Read more

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