Sometimes a Landmark is misdelivered and doesn’t arrive at a subscriber’s mailbox.  While I can always re-mail a copy, sometimes I can just deliver a replacement on my way home or on my travels. 

Along my trips I’ve been enjoying nature’s showcase of chicory growing along the edges of cemeteries, along Cermak Road and First Avenue, at Ogden and Miller Road, making a home among corners, cracked sidewalks and along the edge of the road. 

This blue beauty, roots its glory where other plants would feel mistreated, taking the opportunity with its contrasting partner, the delicate, Queen Anne’s lace, with its simple white dots on the branched taproot.

Perhaps I have fallen in love with the chicory because of its beauty, its perseverance, its tenacity and its reach. I see it as I listen to the national news, driving with our local newspaper at my side. It is hard not to reflect on the profoundness of the freedom of speech and the pulse of democracy in this great nation.

The First Amendment, freedom of speech, has profound significance in our country, and like the chicory weed, takes root, growing from every corner across the United States, from sea to shining sea.

As Riverside, Brookfield and North Riverside take on courageous conversations at a local level, I hope that you will take a moment to engage in the community survey offered through the Landmark, your local newspaper at Your voice and trust is valued and we want to hear from you. 

Jill Wagner, circulation manager

Riverside-Brookfield Landmark