Expressions: Reaching new heights along our family road trip

Rantoul Press columnist

This summer my family continued our tradition of a road-trip vacation. Logistically it’s a bit complicated. Our two oldest daughters live in Canada, so it always means flying them and a boyfriend to Chicago and renting a vehicle large enough to hold our family of seven adults.

Statehouse Reeder: Lessons learned from my mom and dad

Rantoul Press columnist

BROOKLYN, Ill. —  As the morning sun peeked through the shades of my bedroom, I kissed my wife, Joan, and whispered, “I’m heading to the cemetery.”

Her eyes flickered open and she asked, “Why?”

“It’s Mom and Dad’s anniversary.”

She nodded and fell back to sleep

The Library Corner: Harness the power of a library card

Rantoul Press columnist

It’s library card sign-up month at Rantoul Public Library.

Become the proud owner of the smartest card available today: your own library card. Use it to check out books, music and movies. Show it to secure time on one of several computers.

Your library card: Don’t leave home without it.

On The Beat: Half Century show great for Rantoul

Rantoul Press columnist

As I put this column together we are in the middle of the I & I Half Century of Progress show at the airport here in Rantoul. This biannual event is experiencing a record-breaking attendance.

Letter: Never would’ve left if Chanute hadn’t closed

To the editor

Chanute was my home, I would say. I lived in the base trailer park with my mom, stepdad and siblings in 1969.

My stepdad worked as a lab tech at the hospital. In 1971 we were all in a car accident in Texarkana while on vacation that killed my mom and baby brother. I was 15.

Letter: Young man’s memory deserves dignity, compassion

To the editor:

Recently our family suffered a tragic and unthinkable loss.  In the aftermath we have been comforted and consoled by a great many people, many of whom we have never met until now.  

Fostering Hope: In a battle to stay a family

Rantoul Press correspondent

Foster siblings Addy and Danneli’s birth father unexpectedly surfaced, and Denise, their caseworker, arranged for them to visit with both their parents.

Of course, “grandpa” (no relation but a friend/alcoholism counselor of their mothers’) was there, as well.

Pauline's Corner: Hold a grudge or let it go?

Rantoul Press columnist

What a gorgeous day last Thursday was. I wish our upcoming winter would treat us this well.

I took a ride to Champaign to get another electrocardiogram. Now I will wait for the results. (Scream!) That is the part I really dislike — the waiting.

Statehouse Reeder: No love for the U of I?

By Scott Reeder
Rantoul Press columnist

SPRINGFIELD — Last week, I was chatting with a mother and father about their daughter’s college plans.

Their high-schooler is visiting college campuses, and they are encouraging her to consider attending a college out of state.

I was surprised.

Pauline's Corner: Find the courage; find the words

Rantoul Press columnist

After I read Brendan Quealy’s column, the tears started down my face.

“Why?” You ask.

What child could make such a decision to take his own life? What could have happened to cause such a horrible thought and carry it through?

And why couldn’t anyone see his pain and befriend him?

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