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‘Buy American’ bad for Illinois, auto dealer contends

SPRINGFIELD — The state’s biggest supplier of police cars wants to put the brakes on a proposal requiring Illinois to buy only cars assembled in the United States.

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McKee named new football coach at Sesser-Valier

Mt. Vernon native Mike McKee has been named as the new head football coach of the Sesser-Valier-Waltonville-Woodlawn Red Devils.

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Our Universities: The Greatest Challenge

Threats to higher education come not primarily from shady lenders, crass bankers and bureaucrats interested in turning government-subsidized, student-borrowed, dollars into operating capital, elected officials who want to use educational systems for personal gain, but from a bevy of educational leaders, faculty and staff concerned about almost anything other than a positive intellectual and moral impact on the lives of students.

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.

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Obituary – Doris Lee Irvin – Benton

Doris Lee Irvin, 84, of Benton, passed away at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at her home.

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McKee named new football coach at Sesser-Valier

Mt. Vernon native Mike McKee has been named as the new head football coach of the Sesser-Valier-Waltonville-Woodlawn Red Devils.

Illinois House OKs resolution calling for review of IHSA

The Illinois House approved a resolution Monday that calls for a review of the body that oversees high school sports and other extracurricular activities — including whether a state agency should take over its duties.

Ryan Casillas earns MVC Player of the Week honors

ST. LOUIS – Southern Illinois senior first baseman Ryan Casillas has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week for his performance in five games this past week.

FCA Devotion – Purpose

Do you ever wonder about what God’s purpose for you might be? Have you ever contemplated why God would have you born in this generation and not a hundred years earlier, or later? How will our great-grandchildren see our lives long after we’ve died?

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Hastert, other state Republicans supporting immigration reform

CHICAGO — Some of Illinois’ highest-profile Republicans voiced support Tuesday for an immigration overhaul that’s stalled in the U.S. House as a “morally right” and business-minded decision, an election-year move they hoped would help break the stalemate.

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Madigan: Votes not there yet on income tax, minimum wage hike

SPRINGFIELD — As the General Assembly heads into its final month of session, House Speaker Michael Madigan said Tuesday that he doesn’t have enough votes lined up yet to extend the state’s income tax increase or raise the minimum wage.

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Rauner would veto Chicago pension bill

Republican candidate Bruce Rauner said today that if he were governor, he would veto legislation lawmakers sent to Gov. Pat Quinn last week that would cut pension benefits for some city workers and allow aldermen to raise property taxes to shore up the retirement program. Here’s the link to the story at the Chicago Tribune. […]

Madigan dropping plan to tax Illinois millionaires

House Speaker Michael Madigan has pulled the plug on his proposed constitutional amendment to impose a surcharge on incomes over $1 million a year.

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Vallas lands six-figure job with Quinn supporter

Paul Vallas, who returned to Illinois last month as Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate, has been hired to a six-figure job as a municipal finance consultant by a longtime friend and political supporter of the Democratic governor.

IHSA replies to action by Illinois House

Statement by IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman regarding HR 0895 that was approved today by the Illinois House:

“We believe that the Illinois High School Association has been a model of transparency in the great state of Illinois for over 100 years. The Association has nothing to hide and will be fully cooperative with the General Assembly, as we have done on so many other issues before.