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RLC students enrolled in any Allied Health program can visit the Health Studies Student Success Center (HSSSC), located in the Learning Resource Center, to focus on their studies and use special medical equipment. The HSSSC is a great resource for students to get additional experience and extra study time.

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SIH Cancer Institute celebrates one year of success

Karen Jezierski, a patient who spoke during a Wednesday anniversary event for the SIH Cancer Institute, had an extra reason to celebrate.

JALC board hands out pink slips to 55 employees

CARTERVILLE — After more than four hours of deliberation, The John A. Logan Board of Trustees approved 55 faculty and staff layoffs.

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The fight against becoming an old fogey

I have written some columns during the past year where I’ve been less than flattering about today’s youth. I have taken them to task over their work ethic, choice of political candidates, a lack of respect and ambition and even for standing up against a perceived injustice.

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.

Tom (TJ) Learned – Marion, IL (formerly of Benton, IL)

Tom (TJ) Learned, 65, of Marion (formerly of Benton) passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Heartland Regional Medical Center, in Marion, IL.

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Benton’s Peyton Smith to continue wrestling career at South Carolina-based Coker College

Benton’s Peyton Smith inked his name Thursday to a national letter-of-intent to wrestle at the collegiate level, providing an exclamation point to a record-setting high school wrestling career.

Christopher advances to sectional title game against Woodlawn

JUNCTION – The fourth quarter was classic Christopher Bearcat basketball.

Morthland drops doubleheader to begin season

Errors and high pitch counts led to the Morthland College baseball team losing two games in their season opener against Shawnee Community College.

RLC baseball moves to 4-2 with wins over Three Rivers Community College

INA — The Rend Lake College Baseball team swept a doubleheader over Three Rivers Community College yesterday in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and is now 4-2 for the season.

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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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Governor Rauner issues statement on HB 580

SPRINGFIELD – The following is a statement from Catherine Kelly, Press Secretary to Governor Rauner:

Lineup set for 2016 HerrinFesta

Jake Owen and Chris Janson give a potent one-two punch of superstar country music to the 2016 HerrinFesta Italiana lineup, which was officially released today. They will serve as bookends for the five-day celebration, which kicks off on May 26 and concludes on Memorial Day.

Office Systems revamping, modernizing programs to fit local needs

INA, Ill. – With new and improving technologies, the Rend Lake College Office Systems program is updating some core curriculum to remain competitive and reliable for today’s graduates. Two Office Systems Technology (OFTC) programs are creating two new associate degrees and three new occupational certificates to give students the skills necessary to work in the industry.

Miner annual retraining for surface and underground set for March 18

INA, Ill. – A one-day Annual Refresher Training class for Surface and Underground miners is scheduled for Friday, March 18 at Rend Lake College.