On the eve of a national holiday, we honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.We lost this great man at the age of 39, assassinated in the spring of 1968 as our country was struggling to come to grips with a civil rights movement with King at the forefront.

Last month marked the 29th year since Jacksonville High School made a permanent home for America’s national bird — and gained another footnote in Illinois history.

This year, Illinois voters will have some extra time to reflect on their civic responsibilities. That’s because of legislation, signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker, that moved the state’s primary from its traditional March date to June 28.