Will Ives supporters back Rauner in November?

After Gov. Bruce Rauner narrowly defeated challenger Jeanne Ives in the primary for Illinois’ Republican candidate for governor, the question is now whether the first-term governor can persuade frustrated conservatives to vote for him this fall.

Census: Southern Illinois losing population faster than rest of state

Residents are leaving Southern Illinois counties in droves as the state continues to shrink.

Former Madigan campaign worker suing Democratic Party

A former campaign consultant for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is suing his political committee and the state Democratic Party, alleging that reporting a top lieutenant for sexual harassment hindered her from advancing in the speaker’s organization.

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Pastor Rick Warren: God knows everything, and that’s good news

Ever gotten out of bed to make a midnight refrigerator raid, even though you were on a diet? I’ve stood there before with the refrigerator door open, thinking, “Just one bite . . .”

Student housing to be consolidated on West Side of SIU Campus

CARBONDALE – SIU Carbondale will bring students together in residence halls on the west side of campus this fall in order to increase student engagement, according to SIU Chancellor Carlo Montemago.

Toys R Us tells workers it will liquidate and sell or close all stores

Toys R Us told employees Wednesday that it is planning to sell or close all of its U.S. stores, and that it will file liquidation papers this evening in advance of a court hearing scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Robert DeWitt — Zeigler, IL

Robert DeWitt, 47, of Zeigler, IL., passed away at 12:50 a.m., on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at the Franklin Hospital ER.

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Salukis baseball welcomes UC Irvine to Itchy Jones Stadium

Southern Illinois hosts UC Irvine for a three-game series on March 23-25. SIU is hosting a California school in baseball for the first time in program history, and UC Irvine is making its first trip to the state of Illinois as a Division I program.

Weber and K-State one step from Final Four

ATLANTA — Kansas State’s dream of its first Final Four since 1964 is alive.

MVC coaching carousel continues

Dana Ford took Tennessee State’s men’s basketball team from a five-win team in 2015 to the postseason a year later. Now the Tamms native will try to resurrect a Missouri State squad that underachieved at historic levels.

Loyola is “Elite” with 69-68 win over Nevada

Even Sister Jean’s bracket originally had Loyola bowing out in the Sweet 16. The Ramblers continue to prove every doubter wrong. Loyola’s 69-68 victory Thursday night over Nevada propelled them to their first Elite Eight appearance since the team won the national championship 55 years ago.

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Rend Lake Dam Road Closed for Improvements April 3 and 4

Rend Lake – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake is announcing that the Rend Lake dam road from the intersection with the Rend City Road on the west to the end of the Spillway bridge on the east, including the spillway bridge, will be closed to all through traffic during the period of April 3 & 4, 2018.

Missing Benton youth found

On March 21, 2018 at approximately 4:30 p.m. the Benton Police Department received a report of a missing 15 year old female juvenile.

Incumbent state Rep. Terri Bryant wins in 115th

State Rep. Terri Bryant held onto GOP support in the primary race Tuesday for the 115th House seat.

Battle of the big money candidates is official

Victories in Tuesday’s primary election by Republican incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B Pritzker sets the stage for a November showdown of two billionaires and what could be the most expensive gubernatorial campaign in history.   Here’s the link at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Gov. Rauner proclaims National Agriculture Day in Illinois

Gov. Bruce Rauner proclaimed today National Agriculture Day in Illinois and encouraged Illinoisans to celebrate the rich agricultural heritage of the state. This is the 45th anniversary of National Ag Day and this year’s theme is “Agriculture: Food for Life.”

Winners and losers in Tuesday’s primary election

Here’s everything you need to know from Tuesday’s primary election.