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Franklin County authorities searching for Buckner man ‘considered dangerous’

Franklin County authorities are seeking public assistance in locating Robert E. Hartley, a Benton man wanted and considered dangerous.

Class-action lawsuit filed against Alexander County Housing Authority, past directors

CAIRO — A class-action lawsuit was filed in federal court Tuesday on behalf of current and former Alexander County Housing Authority residents to remedy allegations of “rampant” discrimination based on race and family status and rent overcharges.

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From a tragic death … life and hope spring forth

It’s often said that the greatest grief that any person can experience is the death of a child. On a hot and humid day last week I sat face-to-face with that grief.

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.

Pete Rotolo – Benton, IL

Pete Rotolo, 86, of Benton, IL, passed away Friday afternoon, July 22, 2016 in Benton.

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Three softball Vols win awards

CARTERVILLE – Three members of the John A. Logan College softball team have been recognized for their accomplishments this spring.

RLC Baseball puts four on All-Conference, All-Region teams

INA, Ill. – Four Rend Lake College Baseball players are being honored for a season well-done with nominations to the Great Rivers Athletic Conference (GRAC) All-Conference team and NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) All-Region XXIV Defensive Team. Outfielder Nathan Williams (Kevil, Ky.), first baseman Ostin Clark (Camden, Ind.), and catcher Aiden McMahan (Wolf Lake) […]

Salukis land 6-6 juco guard Jonathan Wiley for 2016-17

CARBONDALE — All those long rebounds just got tougher to get past SIU’s men’s basketball team Sunday.

SIU Coaching Caravan in Harrisburg

CARBONDALE — The SIU Coaches Caravan makes its second stop of a four-date tour of the region Tuesday night in Harrisburg.

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In a major win for House Republicans, a federal judge ruled Thursday that the Obama administration inappropriately spent money to pay for part of the Affordable Care Act.

Tax hike, budget cuts part of proposal submitted to Rauner, legislative leaders

Rank-and-file budget negotiators have submitted a proposal to Gov. Bruce Rauner and the four legislative leaders to show how a balanced budget could be achieved through a combination of tax hikes and budget cuts.

Measure to provide $700M for human services advances in Illinois House

An Illinois House committee has given preliminary approval to legislation to spend $700 million to help out financially strapped human services.

Madigan’s Democratic lawyer sues to block redistricting reform referendum

An attorney who’s long been a close ally of Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan has filed a lawsuit trying to block voters from considering a proposed constitutional amendment that seeks to remove some of the influence of partisan politics from how state House and Senate district boundaries are drawn.

Video gaming brings positives and negatives to region

CARBONDALE — Video gaming in Illinois has become a nearly half-billion-dollar industry, according to the latest reports from the Illinois Gaming Board.

Shimkus rails on job-destroying EPA rules

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