Top of the Morning, June 13, 2018

Seventy years ago, BEVERLY and MARVIN STEIGMAN tied the knot "before an altar banked with palms and baskets of a gladioli and delphinium" in what newspaper accounts described as a "simple but impressive ceremony" at St. Peter's Lutheran in Thawville.

Seems like yesterday.

Group works to preserve Ebony test kitchen

CHICAGO (AP) — A historic preservation organization is working to preserve the kitchen where Ebony magazine tested recipes for its monthly feature "A Date with a Dish."

Charitable giving in U.S. tops $400 billion for first time

NEW YORK (AP) — Fueled by a surging stock market and huge gifts from billionaires, charitable giving in the United States in 2017 topped the $400 billion mark for the first time, according to the latest comprehensive report on Americans' giving patterns.

Effects of voter roll decision appear limited

ATLANTA (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has cleared the way for states to take a tougher approach to maintaining their voter rolls, but will they?

Ohio plans to resume its process for removing inactive voters after it was affirmed in Monday's 5-4 ruling. It takes a particularly aggressive approach that appears to be an outlier among states.

Few appear eager to follow.

Chicago evicts homeless from downtown camp

CHICAGO (AP) — Dozens of Chicago's homeless have been forced to pack up their belongings and leave an area along the Chicago River they have long called their own.

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless staff stood nearby as city workers drilled holes to erect tall poles that would fence off the encampment known as the "Triangle."

Video shows police sergeant rescuing child from road

NAPERVILLE (AP) — A police sergeant is being honored for his quick actions in rescuing a young child from a busy roadway in suburban Chicago.

Economic adviser Kudlow suffers heart attack

NEW YORK (AP) — Larry Kudlow, the prominent economic commentator who joined the Trump administration this year as the president's top economic adviser, has suffered a "very mild" heart attack, the White House said Monday night.

‘Remember the Ladies’

Laura Keller started teaching at Westview Elementary School in 1972, the same year the ERA was approved in Congress — almost 50 years after it was introduced.

Keller retired in 2003, and the ERA has yet to be ratified by the necessary 38 states required by law.

Family Life | Approaching difficult family topics and decisions


As a family-life educator, I teach people all the time on best practices and communication techniques to help with family dynamics.

Moreover, as a human, I know that some things are easier said than done.

Area history, June 12, 2018

Today is Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1918, a fire destroyed a large tenant house on a farm occupied by Charles Kellogg 2 miles south of Savoy after a coal oil stove exploded.