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About LDN

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


Office assistant during vacations:

Trisha Youngquist

Advertising sales and promotion staff

Lucky Eichner:  ldn@lincolndailynews.com 

Mike Fak:  mfldn@lincolndailynews.com 

Writers [click here]

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. 

To promote local businesses, we offer display advertisements at very reasonable rates, and links to business websites. Call (217) 732-7443 or e-mail ads@lincolndailynews.com

"Happy ads" are a special feature to enable our readers to celebrate birthdays, graduations, anniversaries and other good news.  Call us for details.

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!

Sept. 11 county observances at wrong times


To whom it may concern:

Does the county realize that the time they have for the observances of a moment of silence are the wrong times? They should be 7:45, 8:03, 8:41, 9:10 Central time.


Melissa Byrd


Dear Ms. Byrd,

Good observation. We checked with JoAnn Marlin in the Logan County Board office. She reported that they used the times supplied by ESDA. Assistant ESDA Director Terry Storer explained that they chose to make the times CDT rather than EDT in order that the schools might fully participate.

Jan Youngquist

Managing Editor

A little-known Bears fact


To the editor:

I am glad that the Bears are spending the year back in central Illinois. I use the word "back" because they got their start in the NFL down the road in Decatur. They were called the Decatur Stalleys.  [Isnt] this an interesting Bears fact.

Mark Fielden



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.

Your news STINKS!


To the editor:

I can NEVER get any of the links to open up to read the article???? WHY IS THIS??

There is a lot of news on LDC I want to read like in the Saturday, Sept. 7, Letter to the Editor. When I click on it, it just comes up BLANK!

I use Netscape 7.4 and I can NEVER get any of your links to open up! PLMK [please let me know] what gives!

Alan Boyd



Thanks for your message. As a result of your request, I again checked out LDN and found that everything opens fine here with Netscape 6.2. Things look a little different, but everything works. So, Netscape isnt likely to be the culprit. But, please try our site with Internet Explorer (5 or 6) just for more information.

We have gotten a few other complaints from abelink users. I dont know if that is the problem or not. There may be an issue with the distance the request has to travel and your connection is timing out.

Nothing is blocked on Lincoln Daily News, nothing is restricted and it is not browser- specific. We want you to be able to read everything we post, and so do our advertisers.

Let us know what the outcome of the Internet Explorer test is and if we can provide further assistance.

Meanwhile, here is the text of that letter to the editor posted on Saturday. (See below.)

Jim Youngquist

Publisher, LDN

Thanks to LDC staff


Dear LDC staff:

To all of you who have cared for and cared about our daughter Darla Cramer throughout the 40 years she was a resident at LDC, "Thank you." Thanks [to] you just does not seem enough when you have been like family to her and to us. She and we will miss you.

Thank you from all of us in the Lincoln Parents Association.  I think I can speak for all of us, that collectively, we would do it all again. You the staff, the union and we parents fought the good fight and a clean fight.  We commend you all and wish only the best and Gods blessings to each and every one of you. 

Till we meet again....


Janet and Larry Bruns

Railer band has been working hard on halftime show


Dear Editor:

I just wanted to say a few words about the Railer Marching Band. Im a member of the band, so I know how hard its been. We worked our [tails] off for two weeks at camp before school started. Then we started early morning practices on our first full day of school.

Its been really tough this year. We have an all-new show thats a lot more complicated and difficult than last year. Plus weve incorporated something new this year, a flag squad, who have also been working really hard. During band camp, most days wed go from 8-12, 1-4 and 6-9.

We also had to deal with people switching instruments. Theres a lot of people this year marching and playing instruments theyd never played before. For example, we have girls who played flute last year playing baritone this year, and clarinetists playing percussion and tuba... just to mention a few.

Its been hectic, tiring, and crazy... but its paying off. Our halftime show last Friday has gotten great comments. I know it was short, but were getting there. I guarantee the show will be different every time, as we add onto and improve the show.


[to top of second column in this letter]

I also want to say a few words about Mr. Swaar. Hes also had to deal with a lot this year. Hes had to deal with working in the flag squad, marching with people gone to sports and such, and some people just get tired and get unmotivated and [have] an attitude. I dont know how he does it. I honestly think that none of us band members could. He spent most of his summer vacation getting things ready for this year; hes put in so much time and effort. I think I would be right in speaking for the whole band when I say we appreciate it so much, and sometimes I really dont think he knows.

But now maybe everyone will know how hard weve all worked and come see us perform at our next halftime show on Sept. 13.


Holly Phillips


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