Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Illinois Bicentennial | How authorities thwarted plan to steal Lincoln's body

By TARA McCLELLAN McANDREW
For The (Springfield) State Journal-Register

It was July 3, 1876 — the eve of our country's first centennial. Everyone in Springfield would be celebrating downtown. No one would be near Oak Ridge Cemetery.

It was the perfect time to steal Abraham Lincoln's body.

Guest Commentary | Pitchforks also out for Chief

By FRANK G. SPLITT

Sunday Extra | Stop putting the blame on God

By RICHARD McGUIRE

In at least two recent accidental deaths reported in News-Gazette articles, interviewees have been quoted as saying the deaths were "a part of God's plan we don't understand."

Guest Commentary | What Davis doesn't get about Medicaid

By CLAUDIA LENNHOFF and JULIE A. PRYDE

On March 27, The News-Gazette's Local section featured a long article on Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, after he held a press conference at a local CVS.

Donna Reed/Voices | Telling a good story

By DONNA REED

Guest Commentary | Don't scare off sole nursing home offer

By KIP POPE

Although built with the best of intentions and optimism by its proponents, the Champaign County Nursing Home has proven that it is financially unsustainable. Here's my take on the overall financial condition of the nursing home:

Illinois Bicentennial | Quad Cities vice lord one of earliest organized-crime leaders

By ROGER RUTHHART

John Looney was the original Quad Cities vice lord and also one of the nation's earliest organized-crime leaders.

Sunday Extra | In the company of psychopaths

By JOSEPH BAUERS

Cousin Edward was blunt: "Want to know why the United States is reviled the world over? Read this book!" The book in question is "The Brothers" by noted journalist Stephen Kinzer. What is reading "The Brothers" like? It's like being in the company of psychopaths for 328 pages.

Illinois Bicentennial | Hinsdale boy became baseball's champion

By DENNIS ANDERSON
Peoria Journal Star

Bill Veeck wasn't your typical baseball team owner.

He was listed in the Chicago phonebook. He often walked the Comiskey Park concourse shaking hands as he limped on a wooden leg that he retrofitted with an ashtray.

As a young man, he planted the ivy on the outfield walls at Wrigley Field.