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Illinois state senator revamping school funding overhaul

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois senator says he’s altering controversial school funding legislation to increase its chances of passage.

Diana Rauner to focus on children, Executive Mansion

Bruce Rauner completed a furious first week as governor of Illinois. His high-profile wife is not far behind. Diana Rauner is gearing up as first lady, hiring a prominent Springfield political aide as chief of staff and contemplating initiatives that could include children’s advocacy and restoring the capital city’s Executive Mansion. Here’s a link to […]

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J.B. Kearney

Remembering a man that was far ahead of his time

I read the obituary and then I read it a second time more slowly. The name of the deceased was J.B. Kearney and as is always the case the obit told a brief chronological story about his life.

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 – Martha “Flo” Hargis – Benton

Martha “Flo”Hargis, 76, of Benton, passed away January 18, 2015 at Plano Specialty Hospital in Plano, TX.

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Pairings announced for Benton Invitational and West Frankfort Mid-Winter tournaments

Pairings have been announced for both the Benton Invitational Tournament and the West Frankfort Mid-Winter Tournament.

Salukis get blown out in Peoria, lost to Bradley 63-44

PEORIA — SIU’s offensive struggles reached historic proportions Saturday night at Bradley. The Salukis went 0-of-14 from behind the 3-point line in their 63-44 loss at Carver Arena, ending a streak of 118 straight games with at least one triple. It was just another indicator of how reliant SIU has become on junior guard Anthony […]

Longtime ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott dies at 49

BRISTOL, Conn. — Stuart Scott, the longtime “SportsCenter” anchor and ESPN personality known for his enthusiasm and ubiquity, died Sunday. He was 49.

Cheyenne Pitchford

Logan spikers add S-V’s Pitchford

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College volleyball team has added to its frontline depth with this week’s announced signing of Cheyenne Pitchford of Sesser-Valier High School.

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Frerichs won’t disclose sex harassment report on Rutherford

Newly inaugurated Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs refused Tuesday to release a report about sexual harassment allegations against his predecessor, pointing to ongoing legal action.

Illinois school funding overhaul being discussed

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois senator says he’s altering controversial school funding legislation to increase its chances of passage.

Fund established for 7-year-old Nashville girl who survived plane crash

A fund has been established for Sailor Gutzler, the 7-year-old Nashville girl who survived a plane crash.

Certified Medical Assistant program approved for fall

INA, Ill. – A new program for those interested in the health care industry will start in the Fall 2015 semester, and students can register now for general education courses leading up to the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) program at Rend Lake College.

Lose-to-Win Challenge 2015 seeking participants for ninth annual event

INA, Ill. – Start working on your New Year’s resolution to lose weight by joining in the Lose-to-Win Challenge 2015, co-sponsored by Rend Lake College and the YMCA of Jefferson County for the third year in a row.

In 2015, Illinois to confront daunting issues, divisions

Keeping schools and social services funded. Making higher education more affordable. Addressing crowded prisons. Possibly redoing pension reform.