July 2017

Band of Brothers

His hands were like leather, gnarled from years of hard labor, and he stooped as he walked. His clothes, which may have fit at one time, hung on his frame and gray hair poked out from under the dark, worn hat that shaded the bright light in his eyes. He moved briskly, for someone his […]


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Band of Brothers

His hands were like leather, gnarled from years of hard labor, and he stooped as he walked. His clothes, which may have fit at one time, hung on his frame and gray hair poked out from under the dark, worn hat that shaded the bright light in his eyes. He moved briskly, for someone his […]

State fairs provide economic boost for local economy

Like many Illinoisans, Joshua Collins looks forward to the Illinois State Fair every year. So does Melanie Jacobs. Guy Alongi and Rex Duncan are eager for the start of Illinois’ other state fair, the Du Quoin State Fair, late each summer. Vicki King is fond of both 11-day events. It’s not that Collins is an […]

The new living space

  A house, two kids, a ­manicured lawn and a well-­maintained fence to keep it all safe. For years, that’s the dream to which many Americans aspired. But if you’ve scrolled through your social media feed lately or watched one of the countless ­reality shows about real estate and housing, you might’ve noticed that many […]