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Now, I am not a city person who does not understand the country.   I have approximately 870 acres and farm about 550 of it in Central Illinois.   It is fairly good, level ground that we … more
As a Republican who represented Illinois in Congress, and a fervent advocate for the delicate balance between individual liberties and collective safety, the hard decisions surrounding data privacy … more
Back in the days of yore when I taught American Literature at Hillsboro High, one of my favorite writers to introduce to students was Henry David Thoreau of Walden Pond fame. Because we had only 90 … more
The City of Litchfield is unique in that it is on the original Historic Route 66 (1930-1940) and the four lane Route 66 (1940 – 1977).   What better place could there be to put a museum … more
“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” opened in theaters this past weekend. The fifth and final installment of the series opened on Friday, June 30, at the Orpheum, and I was apart of a … more
In Illinois as elsewhere, Civil War troops came from a wide variety of occupations. In one regiment, many men were future teachers. The 33rd Illinois Infantry, which originated at Illinois State … more
The Litchfield Hotel, considered by many to be one of the finest in this part of the state, opened on the corner of North Madison and West Ryder Street in the early 1890s. The lot that the hotel … more
Independence Day is approaching, and fireworks will soon dominate the sky. The Illinois Insurance Association and its member companies encourage residents to choose professional fireworks shows … more
A busy summer awaits us as we are preparing for activities at the county fair, organizing membership appreciation lunches, and recruiting sponsors and teams for our golf scramble in July!  … more
Filling out my college applications this past year, I found myself fixed on the parent section because I felt as if I was lying. “Limited information is known about parent 2.” … more
The corner stone for Litchfield Community High School was laid in the fall of 1923. By the spring of the next year, the building was near completion and the class of 1924 held commencement exercises … more
Readers who are farmers will probably be really interested in Grandma's June entries. I would be so interested to know how the economics and average crop yields have changed since 1956. Grandma and … more
Litchfield Fire Department has a long history in the City of Litchfield. The fire department was organized in 1874, with John Lange, the first chief to be elected, stepping into leadership in 1875. … more
Every so often I pause to reflect upon myself–where I am in my life cycle; where I began; and how and why I navigated my path from its beginning to the present day. I’m sure most of us go … more
For the past 20 days I have been a patient at Montgomery Nursing and Rehab for the purpose of therapy following a left hip joint replacement on May 5. Hannah, Nadine and Vickie were diligent and … more
In all parts of Illinois, mental health awareness and treatment is a public issue like it has never been before. On behalf of frontline care providers, we welcome the attention and call for the … more
We just wanted to thank you for publishing Mike Plunkett’s Memorial Day address in the May 30 edition of The Journal-News . His stories about courageous veterans are much more genuine than … more
Litchfield Elks Club was founded on Feb. 11, 1901, with 43 members.   The Elks Club the community remembers was located at the corner of Monroe and Union, however the Elks actually met in two … more
Life goes on. It's been two full years since we lost Grace, and I think one of the very hardest parts of grief is that life simply goes on. When Grace was diagnosed with INAD (infantile … more
Ever since I was little, God has been a part of my life. I grew up going to church on Sundays and youth group on Wednesdays. Throughout this time my faith has developed and grown, but knowing God … more
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