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H & R Block — Open letter on Tax Fraud

I am writing this letter to bring attention to a growing issue that affects millions of Americans every year – tax fraud.

Gilbert and Sambursky appointed to SIU Board of Trustees by Rauner

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

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Our Universities – Decimated Disbursements Demand Different Designs

According to the higher education leaders, many elected officials, faculty, students, staff and the general public, higher education budget cuts will send universities, and therefore their states, into decline. Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker’s budget proposal last week included a decrease of $300 million in state support for higher education.

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.

Gary Gulley, Sr. – Sesser

Gary E. Gulley Sr., 66, of Sesser, IL, passed away March 1, 2015 at his home.

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SIU women’s golf seeking volunteers for the Saluki Invitational

CARBONDALE, Ill. – The Saluki women’s golf team is seeking volunteers to assist with the team’s upcoming Saluki Invitational beginning on Sunday, March 29. Volunteers will work shifts throughout the tournament to assist in providing hospitality and adhering to the needs of visiting teams.

Comcast SportsNet to carry IHSA girls’ state tournament

Network to televise LIVE HD coverage of the Class 1A-4A IHSA Girls Basketball State Championships from Redbird Arena in Normal, IL over the next two weekends to air highlight packages of all games throughout the weekend; & to live stream every post-game press conference   Chicago, IL – Comcast SportsNet, the […]

Salukis set for five-game tournament in Mexico

The Salukis head to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for the Triple Crown Invitational to face Northern Colorado, BYU and Nevada. SIU has never played BYU or Nevada and has only played Northern Colorado once, a win. SIU faces Northern Colorado on Thursday, Feb. 26, before facing BYU and Nevado both on Friday and Saturday.

Dakota Head, SITTING, CENTER, signed a national letter of intent last week to play for the RLC Warriors Baseball team. Also pictured is, FRONT, FROM LEFT, his father Chris Head, Dakota Head, and his mother Tammy Head; BACK, BCHS Varsity Head Coach Brett Blondi, RLC Head Coach Tony Etnier, and BCHS Athletic Director Ryan Miller. Click on the image for a larger view.
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Benton native Dakota Head joins RLC Warriors baseball

INA, Ill. – Benton’s Dakota Head will take his baseball talent and strong right arm to Rend Lake College next year, signing a national letter of intent to play for the Warriors. The right-handed pitcher is the son of Chris and Tammy Head.

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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.

Second Mining in Society Merit Badge workshop returning to RLC

INA, Ill. – Southern Illinois’ second Mining in Society workshop is again teaming up with the Rend Lake College Mining and Industrial Department to give local Boy Scouts the chance to earn a new merit badge and learn all about the coal mining industry at the same time.

Food Sanitation course rescheduled for Feb. 28, March 7

INA, Ill. Due to winter weather last week, one Food Sanitation course has been rescheduled to start this weekend, Saturday, Feb. 28, and finish up next Saturday, March 7.

Franklin County Farm Bureau News – Louisville Farm Show Bus – February 11th

We will be taking a bus to the Louisville Farm Show on February 11th – if you are a farm bureau member and would like to go please call the office – there are only a few seats left. We will leave at 6 a.m. and return approximately 7:30 p.m.

Fun facts from the 2014 Illinois governor’s race — and a whole lot more

The 2014 gubernatorial election was chock full of milestones. With $80 million spent by incumbent Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner, it easily was the most expensive in state history. It also ended a 12-year drought for Republicans, who held the governor’s office for 26 years before losing it in the 2002 election.