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Illinois congressional delegation reacts to Obama

CHICAGO (AP) — Some members of Illinois’ congressional delegation appear to be somewhat behind President Obama’s plan for a military campaign to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State militants in two Middle East nations.

Four area hospitals assist RLC in Rural Health Experience

INA – Four students got up close and personal with their chosen health profession, thanks to the Rural Health Experience program, sponsored by the South Central Illinois Area Health Education Center (SCI-AHEC) and hosted at four local hospitals.

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The Bang, the Buck, the Burden

As colleges across the nation open their doors to anxious freshmen the value and worth of this or that degree, at College X or College Y attracts intense scrutiny. Everything from earning capacity to preparation for adulthood, even happiness and contentment seems to fall in the laps of universities.

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 – George Dawe – Valier

VALIER — George Dawe 65, of Valier, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

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Logan golfers finish third at tourney

MARION – To say the John A. Logan College men’s golf team was off its game Monday would be a gross understatement.

SIU vs. SEMO: Game Notes and Links

SIU hosts Southeast Missouri at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, in Saluki Stadium

IHSA and Comcast SportsNet Chicago Announce Expanded Broadcast Partnership

Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the television and online home for the most in-depth coverage of local and regional preps sports coverage, along with the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and PlayOn! Sports, have announced a long-term partnership agreement making the regional sports network the official home of 59 IHSA State Championship events, which equates to over 160 hours of dedicated Illinois prep sports coverage

Bears back Roger Goodell in Ray Rice probe

Chicago Bears Chairman George McCaskey issued a statement Thursday supporting NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell regarding the league’s handling of the Ray Rice situation.

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Therapeutic Massage Conference to cover Pillossage Nov. 7-8

INA – Massage Therapists can get hands-on with their continuing education this fall at the Therapeutic Massage Conference, scheduled for 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Nov. 7-8, at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace, Room 354, in Mt. Vernon.

Shimkus accepting applications for military academies

Maryville, Illinois — Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) is now accepting applications from young men and women interested in attending one of the United States military academies. High school seniors, college students, and anyone interested should apply now for summer 2015 admission.

Science Center in need of volunteers

The Science Center of Southern Illinois, located in the University Mall in Carbondale, will be holding an orientation for potential volunteers on Wednesday, September 10 and Thursday, September 11 at 3:30 p.m. at The Science Center.

Artisan’s program deadline is Oct. 12

The Illinois Artisans Program is looking for talented artisans. All areas of arts and crafts, including folk, traditional, contemporary, and ethnic, as well as fine art forms are eligible. Created in 1985 by Governor James R. Thompson, the program provides economic and exhibition opportunities for Illinois artists. Once juried, artisans participate in art sprees, craft […]

County Board anticipates budget cuts

Franklin County Board finance committee Chairman Jim McPhail cautioned board members of pending budget cuts during Tuesday’s rescheduled committee meetings.
Franklin County Board finance committee Chairman Jim McPhail cautioned board members of pending budget cuts during Tuesday’s rescheduled committee meetings.

Four area hospitals assist RLC in Rural Health Experience

INA – Four students got up close and personal with their chosen health profession, thanks to the Rural Health Experience program, sponsored by the South Central Illinois Area Health Education Center (SCI-AHEC) and hosted at four local hospitals.