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Lincoln Daily News.com
601 Keokuk St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

TEL: (217) 732-7443
FAX: (217) 732-9630

Lincoln Daily News publishes daily news about the Lincoln/Logan County area on the Internet at www.lincolndailynews.com. (We are not a print publication.)  All subscriptions are free!


The articles published in Lincoln Daily News are the result of research, interviews and news releases submitted. Any opinions expressed are those of the writers.

Our staff:

In the office

Managing editor:   Jan Youngquist


Technician, writer:  Gina Sennett


Text processing: Mary Krallmann

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For employment information, contact Lincoln Daily News at their offices.


Our mission:

The mission of Lincoln Daily News is to tell the stories of Logan County in a contemporaneous manner, with lively writing and a predilection for simple truth fairly told. Lincoln Daily News seeks a relationship with the good people of Logan County that is honest, neighborly and never patronizing. Lincoln Daily News presents news within a full context that contributes to understanding. Lincoln Daily News is more interested in the marketplace of ideas than the competition of personalities. Without shrinking from the bold delivery of unvarnished fact, Lincoln Daily News operates from the premise that God's creatures deserve the presumption of right motive. Lincoln Daily News eschews malice and cynicism; it approaches every person with dignity and every subject with equanimity. In short, Lincoln Daily News informs, stimulates and entertains.


Please contact us by phone, fax, mail or e-mail with any information about mistakes, typos or erroneous information.  If the error is in an item which is still in the paper, we will correct it online immediately.


Our services:

Lincoln Daily News provides daily news, sports, features and commentary on Lincoln, Logan County and the surrounding area. 

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Letters to the Editor

The Lincoln Daily News publishes letters to the editor as they are received.
 The letters are not edited in content and do not necessarily reflect 
the views of Lincoln Daily News.

Lincoln Daily News requests that writers responding to controversial issues address the issue and refrain from personal attacks. Thank you!


Please send your letters by e-mail to ldneditor@lincolndailynews.com or by U.S. postal mail to:

Letters to the Editor
Lincoln Daily News
601 Keokuk St.
Lincoln, IL  62656

Letters must include the writer’s name, telephone number, mailing address and/or e-mail address (we will not publish address or phone number information). Lincoln Daily News reserves the right to edit letters to reduce their size or to correct obvious errors. Lincoln Daily News reserves the right to reject any letter for any reason. Lincoln Daily News will publish as many acceptable letters as space allows.

Letter of thanks

Dear Lincoln Daily News and readers:

As I leave my position as director of the Healthy Communities Partnership and the Rural Health Partnership, may I wish all of you the best in the coming year. I have been honored to help develop the task forces and programs of the partnerships. The work of these groups has become a symbol of what the community of Lincoln and Logan County can do when people put aside their personal agendas and work together for the health and welfare of each other.

The mobile health unit and the services it provides have been a joy to help create and see implemented. I still get a lump in my throat when I see it driving along a country road to one of our rural communities. I urge all of you to support the mobile unit, not only with your financial support, but also by making use of its programs and services in your communities. I have never worked with a more professional group of women than the staff of the mobile unit. They are true professionals in every sense of the word, and I'd trust my well-being to them any day.

The alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention programs in the junior high classes in Logan County have been successful in educating youth about the risks involved in use, but there is still much to do. Please support the efforts of the educators; theirs is not an easy task. Encourage your children to discuss what they have learned in class, and attend the parents' days at your child's school to see what they have accomplished.

The task forces of the Healthy Communities Partnership have worked hard to make a difference in Logan County. Through their efforts much has been accomplished, but the challenges remain. Every task force needs more participants, more ideas, more support.


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If you have a special interest in helping people, your children, your neighbors, your friends, I urge you to get involved! Just talking about problems accomplishes nothing, but working together on problems can literally change the world! If you have an interest in working to reduce use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, join the ATOD Task Force. If teen pregnancy and working with young "at risk" families is of interest, participate in the Healthy Families Task Force. If your interest lies in working with victims, law enforcement and the courts to stop domestic abuse and violence of any sort, join the DAV Task Force. If you want to help make a difference in the lives of our older residents, the Senior Issues Task Force may be for you.

To the media of Logan County -- please continue your support and coverage of the work of these groups. Getting the word out about the fine work being done is so important in maintaining the vitality of the partnership. Thanks for all you have done in the past, and thanks for all you can do in the future.

While I will be leaving the position as director of the Healthy Communities Partnership and the Rural Health Partnership, I intend to remain active. I will be doing what I urge all of you to do -- volunteer to work with others to continue to make Lincoln and Logan County a great place to live. God bless you all, and I'll see you at a task force meeting soon!

Dayle Eldredge

(posted 1-4-03)

CILCO saves Mount Pulaski's Christmas Eve

(Note: This letter was sent to the CILCO office in Lincoln.)

To the editor:

On Christmas Eve, at approximately 4:30 p.m., there was a traffic accident in Mount Pulaski, which caused a power outage for the north 75 percent of town. Immediately our telephones started ringing from various churches wanting to know when the power would be restored because they had Christmas Eve Services scheduled.

My first call was to Lisa Funk. Lisa has been my "go to" person for quite some time, especially when we have a problem. Lisa was out of town on vacation, yet she returned my call and assisted with obtaining information concerning the outage. I was extremely impressed with her dedication in assisting us, even while she was on vacation.

The initial reports concerning the outage were not very good. Because of the holiday situation and the fact that initially we thought a power pole would have to be replaced, we were advised that the outage could last from six to eight hours. However, there were several people who came to our rescue and repaired the problem in a much shorter time.


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Helen Cox called me and advised that people from Lincoln and Springfield would be arriving in Mount Pulaski shortly to work on the problem. Shortly after talking to Helen, the Mount Pulaski Fire Department reported that CILCO was already on scene. Mr. Kevin Ritchhart had started with repairs and was awaiting the crew from Springfield for additional help. Mr. Tim Stout, Wes Heckman and John McCray assisted Mr. Ritchhart, and the power was restored at 7 p.m. The outage was caused by a broken wire.

On behalf of the mayor and city council of Mount Pulaski, I wish to acknowledge the fine work and dedication of the people named above who came to our rescue on Christmas Eve. Because of their dedication, some Christmas Eve Services were held, and local celebrations were also saved. Thank you one and all for a great job! We really appreciated your efforts.


Michael R. Patridge

Director of Public Works

(posted 12-31-02)

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