As much as I adore my garden, by the time fall rolls around part of me is grateful for the end of the growing season.
I’ve run into a few serious gardeners over the years who have insisted “friends don’t let friends buy annuals,” as if doing so somehow negates any gardening efforts and brings puts your gardening reputation in question.
Everyone I know is chomping at the bit for spring to finally arrive and stay awhile.
Growing up I don't think I realized you could buy marigold plants for your garden.
Believe it or not, late summer and early fall are the best time of year to give your lawn a little TLC.
Until I was a homeowner, all I knew about daylilies was they were the orange "ditch lilies" my neighbors had back home that my mother forbid me to plant. Some years, these neighbors would thin their daylilies, leaving a big pile of the discarded plants by the street labeled with a big sign t…
At what point does a garden trend lose its trend status and just become another gardening style?
Have you noticed how being "busy" is the standard answer when someone asks "How are you?"
I love rosemary, but I can’t for the life of me keep it alive reliably over the winter months. I've lost track of how many poor unfortunate rosemary plants have died in my care over the winter.
There's a question I've been asked for years, both seriously and by people with a smirk on their face because they know it's impossible. The question is some variation of: "Can you tell me what to plant for a no-maintenance garden?"
As a mom of two young children, I don’t have time for fussy plants in my garden. It’s survival of the fittest out there. Surprisingly, one of the plants that has proved its worth in my garden is lavender.
For as long as I can remember, my dad has relentlessly battled creeping Charlie (aka ground ivy).
If someone asked you to name your favorite spring flower, what would you say? Something along the lines of daffodils, tulips, or hyacinths? Even though there are probably a thousand daffodils in my yard, my all-time favorite is the primrose.
Years ago, when I was a newly-minted University of Illinois Extension Educator, I received a phone call one afternoon from a reporter for a Chicago-based television station. I was taken off-guard, wondering why they were calling me since Decatur is about 180 miles from Chicago.
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Macon County State’s Attorney Scott Rueter shares his stance on portions of Illinois' SAFE-T Act package during a Decatur Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Wednesday. Rueter is one of many Illinois State's Attorneys who signed onto a lawsuit challenging the "Pretrial Fairness Act" po…
Indiana Republicans have forged ahead with a proposal that would upend the current nonpartisan school board elections across the state despite opponents of the change arguing it would further inject politics into local schools. The Indiana House elections committee voted 6-4 along party lines Wednesday to endorse a bill to establish a system allowing each of the state’s nearly 300 school boards to decide whether to require candidates to declare a political party or a voter referendum making that decision. Candidates could be required to win a party’s May primary in order to advance to the November general election ballot. Bill supporters say they believe having candidates identified by political party would give voters more information.
Big money is pouring into primary care clinics as the nation’s health care giants hunt for ways to cut costs by keeping people healthy. CVS Health said Wednesday that it will spend about $10.6 billion to buy Oak Street Health, which runs clinics that specialize in treating Medicare Advantage patients. That follows a nearly $9-billion investment by rival Walgreens in VillageMD’s acquisition of the urgent and primary care chain Summit Health-CityMD. Both deals involve an expansion of value-based care, an approach to medicine growing popular with bill payers like the federal government’s Medicare program.
Police say an armed man who was involved in an altercation early Wednesday outside a Chicago bar was fatally shot by police officers during an exchange of gunfire in an alley. Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown says officers were called to the scene about 3 a.m. CT about a person with a gun when the suspect ran into an alley and exchanged gunfire with officers. Brown says the suspect was shot and died at the scene. He says the two officers involved in the shooting were not hurt but they were taken to area hospitals for observation purposes. One officer is a 12-year veteran and the other is a probationary officer.
Two Chicago men have been charged in connection with the August death of a Florida woman who was struck by a car as the men were allegedly street racing. Chicago police say 27-year-old Aaron Guerrero was charged with reckless homicide with a motor vehicle and aggravated street racing in the death 40-year-old Shawman Meireis of Naples, Florida. The Chicago Tribune reports that 36-year-old Noe Garcia, is charged with aggravated street racing in the incident on the city’s southwest side. Meireis was crossing a street early on Aug. 28 near Midway Airport when police said Guerrero's Corvette hit another car and careened into Meireis, who died at a hospital.
The Decatur Police Department is seeking help from the public in solving a home invasion, this week’s crime of the week.
The 18-year-old Decatur man arrested for stabbing his mother in the neck on Thursday told police he had "thought all morning about harming" her, a sworn affidavit said.
A Sullivan man accused of driving though a Shelby County cemetery and damaging several tombstones has been charged with criminal damage to property.
A group of Democratic lawmakers wants to create an Illinois tax credit that would give low- and middle income families up to $700 per child each year in tax relief.
Among the tense moments: Incumbent Lori Lightfoot accused Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson of “mansplaining” and scolded former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas for treating her “like some child.”
Here's what Illinois lawmakers had to say about President Joe Biden's 2023 State of the Union address.
The grant funds are expected to be used primarily for roof replacements in Decatur's urban core. About 220 city residents have requested a roof replacement.