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Quinn-Rauner fight echoes as lawmakers return for veto session

The campaign is over but remnants of the fight between Gov. Pat Quinn and Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner remain as lawmakers return to Springfield this week, with the Democrat looking to score a final victory by raising the state’s minimum wage while the Republican pleads with legislators to hold off on major votes.

Looking for a job? Gov.-elect Rauner wants to talk with you

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has hung out a “help wanted” sign with a website to solicit resumes from people who want a job in state government once he takes office.

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Minority Points of View

A reflection on October 6, “I’m Mad, too, Eddie,” (IMTE) claimed that minority points of view are swept under the rug and labeled as intolerant. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking at Harvard’s commencement, was correct when he said U.S. higher education is becoming dangerously narrow-minded. Contravening perspective relative to the status quo is frowned upon. This reflection is not about “political correctness,” an overused, misunderstood, and meaningless phrase that is bantered about to demean any view with which an individual or group disagrees.

How Madigan builds his patronage army

When House Speaker Michael Madigan accidentally triggered a patronage scandal at the Metra commuter rail agency, it was the result of two extraordinary events.

DCFS under fire about the number of child deaths in state

CHICAGO — Lawmakers questioned Illinois child welfare officials Tuesday about an increase in the number of children reported to have died of neglect or abuse in the state, though agency officials argued the number partly reflected a change in the way neglect cases are counted.

Obituary – Jeanne M. Woods – Benton

Jeanne M. (Woods) Diel was born in Franklin County, Illinois on August 29, 1926 at the home of her parents, Roy “Pete” and Ida (Leffler) Woods. Jeanne went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. She was a member of the West City Church of God.

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Lady Warriors Basketball falls to Jefferson College

HILLSBORO, Mo. – The Rend Lake College Lady Warriors Basketball team fell 64-76 last night to Jefferson College of Hillsboro, Mo.

Ticket and parking information for Carterville-Herrin game released

The following information was released Tuesday morning regarding the Class 4A quarterfinal game on Saturday between Herrin and Carterville.

Game times set for IHSA quarterfinal football games

Times have been set for the ‪‎IHSA‬ Football Quarterfinal Playoff Games. All contests are scheduled for Saturday, November 15:

FCA Devotion – Endurance

How would you characterize your season of competition, more like a sprint or a marathon? Which one requires more perseverance, the ten second race or the two hour race? Those answers are obvious, but the keys to such perseverance and endurance are a little more elusive.

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Treasurer race could spark recount; Kirk seeks probe

SPRINGFIELD — The race for state treasurer remains undecided nearly two weeks after Election Day, with both campaigns agreeing fewer than 400 votes now separate the candidates in what could be the closest statewide race in Illinois in at least a century. It also may lead to the first recount request in three decades.

Benton man arrested on outstanding warrant

A 46-year-old Benton man was arrested after failing to appear in Franklin County court.

Free cardiac risk screening from Prairie Heart Institute

(CARBONDALE, IL) Appointments are still available for the fourth and final Prairie Power Check of 2014 at SIH The Place at University Mall. The Prairie Power Check involves a series of free screenings and cardiac risk assessments for residents of southern Illinois. The last Prairie Power Check for the year is scheduled for Saturday, November 22 from 8:00 am until noon at SIH The Place at University Mall.

West Frankfort to start assessing fines on landlords in violation of city ordinance

Making good on a promise he made prior to Election Day, Mayor Tom Jordan said Wednesday night that the City of West Frankfort will be taking action against landlords who do not comply with the city’s Non-Owner Occupied Housing Ordinance in the new year.

Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne dies at age 81

Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne died Friday morning at the age of 81.

Franklin County Farm Bureau News

Temperatures have reached the lowest of the season and the National Weather Service states that these cold temps will be the norm for most of the winter months.