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Is the notion of “One Illinois” a reasonable hope, a noble aspiration, or an impossible dream? The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute is inviting Illinois college students to help us … more
Late last week I received what I first perceived to be a letter from Santa in the mail; if I called an 800 number by Jan. 15, I’d receive a $100 Visa gift card.   To receive the gift card, … more
Even though Grandma and Grandpa have a rough December caring for their aging German Shepherd, Corky, the month ends with a Christmas miracle.  Any who consider their pets as furry family members … more
I’m an oldie (if not a goodie), but I don’t have many answers. As a culture, we are in dire straits as we enter the premier holiday season of 2021. Because all of us are a part of … more
I’m a sucker for a reboot or a reunion of some of my favorite television shows. You should ask how many streaming services we have. It’s several, and it’s largely, so I can … more
Ah, those traditional trappings of Thanksgiving: food, family and football. This year at the Plunkett house, we checked off every box–almost.   Food and family were in great supply, … more
I am writing about an ongoing situation in regards to Montgomery County Animal Control (MCAC) and our local court system. Approximately 17 months ago I took my dog to be boarded at Hillsboro … more
Hello, Hillsboro! Lucas Altenberger here, Imagine Hillsboro’s new marketing coordinator. I have been given the opportunity to give bi-monthly updates regarding all things Imagine Hillsboro. So, … more
Journal-News apologies go to Hillsboro quarterback Zane Duff, whose stats under the "passing" category were close to correct (I had him for 25 completions, not 23), but whose name was not. I’m … more
A masterpiece or a monster? That is the running joke between my sister, Caitlyn, and me in reference to the fact that her daughter–my niece–is now a full blown teenager. She uses it as … more
Why do people litter? Three children–ages seven, nine and ten–picked up this wheel barrel of trash on a one-mile stretch of our country road.   We could not believe how much! … more
Happy Monday and welcome back to your monthly opportunity to grow your roots in Farm Bureau and local agriculture. July was the last time we had a chance to visit and a lot has changed in my life … more
In November 1954, Grandma and Grandpa are selling a lot of the chickens and butchering the last hog. Some readers may be unfamiliar by their saving the hog's head along with the roasts, chops, ribs, … more
October through December is my favorite time of year. I’m that person who decorates for fall in August and drinks pumpkin spice lattes when it’s still 90 degrees. Out of that whole … more
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