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Today's Opinions

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Vandalia’s first city administrator, Ron Neibert, had begun work at Vandalia City Hall.
    Former Vandalia residents, Winifred and Dennis Smith,  were celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary.
    Members of the Vandalia Historical Society approved the incorporation of the group, a step that became necessary after local historian, Mary Burtschi, announced her wish to donate the Little Brick House to the society.

  • Coles paid the price for anti-slavery stance

     Edward Coles has been ranked along with Abraham Lincoln as one of Illinois’ greatest citizens. It has been said of Coles, who was Illinois’ second governor (1822-1826), that he was a “victim of his own integrity.” Read on to see why.

  • Decision on treasurer's post made quickly

    Whether the city of Vandalia should switch the city treasurer from an elected position to an appointed one can be debated. One factor fueling that debate was the pace at which that action was taken.
    It was less than a month ago that the Vandalia City Council’s personnel, finance and insurance committee held its first meeting about  possible pay increases for the city officials to be elected next spring – mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and four aldermen.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1997 – Between 450 and 500 people attended the open house for the new emergency room addition at Fayette County Hospital.
    Representatives of GEM (Going the Extra Mile) went to Springfield to receive a Governor's Home Town Award for volunteerism. GEM is the volunteer arm of the Fayette County Health Department.
    Deborah Philpot resigned from the superintendent's position in the Ramsey School District to take an associate dean position with Lake Land College.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This picture of these four friends was taken about 30 years ago.

  • Vandalia had many inns and taverns

    In my spare time during the past several years, I have been working on a project to identify as many of Vandalia’s early taverns as I can. In those early days, a tavern was where you could find a place to sleep, and an inn, or grocery, was where you would find a dram of whiskey.

  • Being atop list of deficit states not a good spot

    As the fiscal year came to a close June 30, state financial officers issued their annual report on the state’s financial condition.
    It’s not a pretty picture.
    Though the report lags one year behind, it shows that the state is now in the worst financial condition of any state in the nation. As of June 30, 2011, our deficit of just under $44 billion easily topped runners up New Jersey ($34 billion) and California ($11 billion). The Land of Lincoln’s shortfall grew by 16.8 percent from the previous year, according to William Holland, auditor general.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This aunt and niece, pictured in 1967, live in the Vandalia area.