Digital Access

Digital Access
Access saukvalley.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, Daily including the e-Edition or e-Edition only.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports scores, school closings, weather, and more. Text alerts are a free service from SaukValley.com, but text rates may apply.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Sign up for free e-newsletters today.
State

Springfield honors black soldiers

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Hundreds turned out Saturday to honor the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation at the Old State Capitol.

Lincoln issued the proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863. It stated “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” Saturday’s events honored the role of black soldiers in the Civil War.

Illinois 29th Infantry United States Colored Troops re-enactor Luther Johnson says black soldiers contributed greatly to the war’s outcome. Malcolm Beech, president of the United States Colored Troops Living History Association, says the black soldiers were brave men who fought for their own freedom.

The day included a reenactment of Lincoln signing the proclamation and a wreath-laying honoring the United States Colored Troops and the Grand Army of the Republic.

Loading more