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Anna Bixby Center directors charged for falsifying records, stealing

HARRISBURG — Directors of a nonprofit domestic violence shelter were charged Monday by the Illinois Attorney General’s office with falsifying records and stealing charitable funds for personal profit.

Duckworth’s bid for Kirk’s U.S. Senate seat promises costly battle

Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s challenge to Republican Sen. Mark Kirk portends a costly battle in what figures to be one of the most closely watched 2016 Senate contests.

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Our Universities – Student Leadership

Overwhelmingly, the 7400 state lawmakers nationwide attended and graduated from public universities. Again overwhelmingly, these elected officials attended schools in their home states. All but four of the 535 members of the United States Congress have a post-secondary education. A sound bite from Ted Cruz’s announcement of his intention to seek the U.S. presidency last week reveals that he participated in “student council.”

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.

Diana Carol (Gunn) Read-Eldorado, IL

On April 12, 2015 Diana Carol (Gunn) Read passed away from her temporary home on earth to meet her Lord and Savior.

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Perfect marriage: Wayne City’s Dean Jackson and Mt. Vernon Community College

INA, Ill. – To his credit, if Dean Jackson was a little disappointed in learning he was going to be inducted into the Rend Lake College Sports Hall of Fame with the Class of 2015, he never let it show.

RLC Warriors finish second at Arkansas Golf Classic

The Rend Lake College Men’s Golf team finished 2nd today at the two-day Mulerider Spring Classic, held at Mystic Golf Club in El Dorado, Ark. RLC fell one stroke behind host Southern Arkansas University (SAU) to finish the tournament at 638 (311-327).

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Althoff advances to Class 3A championship game

PEORIA The Althoff Crusaders advanced to the championship game of the Illinois Class 3A State Basketball Tournament with a 82-74 semifinal win over Morgan Park of Chicago.

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Summer Job Opportunities Available at Rend Lake

  Rend Lake – USAJOBs.gov is now accepting applications to fill summer positions at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facilities. This hiring includes Rend Lake, Benton, IL. Rend Lake is one of the many locations that will be hiring students for summer employment through the Pathways program. These positions are open to current students enrolled […]

Franklin County Farm Bureau News

You may have heard that the Firearm Owners Identification Card process has changed and I am not exactly sure if it is for the better but none the less we have to deal with it. We have always filled out applications and taken pictures for people but now that process is a little more involved.

Justice Department investigating former U.S. Rep Schock

The Justice Department is investigating the congressional expenses and business dealings of Rep. Aaron Schock, and FBI agents have begun issuing subpoenas to potential witnesses, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Friday.

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Let H & R Block help you know the facts about common tax scams

Your phone rings. You look at the screen. It has a number you don’t recognize, but the caller ID appears as “IRS.” Your heart leaps into your throat. What could be wrong? You answer. The person on the phone tells you they’re with the IRS, they may even give a badge number. They begin to […]

Rock & Worship Roadshow coming to Carbondale

The 7th Annual Rock & Worship Roadshow, presented by Compassion International, will be coming to the SIU Arena on the campus of Southern Illinois University on Sunday March 1, 2015. Headlining the Roadshow are tour founders MercyMe who will be joined by Crowder, Matt Maher, Jamie Grace, Tedashii and Group 1 Crew. Being introduced on the tour are newcomer artists I Am They and Jon Guerra, while Shaun Groves is slated as the guest speaker.

Rauner makes university trustee appointments, two named at SIUC

Governor Rauner announced today he has made appointments to the Board of Trustees at Southern Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University and Chicago State University.