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Illinois voters to be asked whether to impose new tax on millionaires to help fund schools

Illinois voters will get a chance in November to weigh in on whether millionaires should pay an additional income tax to help fund schools after Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Tuesday adding a nonbinding resolution to the ballot.

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Sesser man killed in single-vehicle accident

A 51-year-old Sesser man was killed early Tuesday morning in a single-vehicle accident in Franklin County. Authorities say that Patrick Styve, was traveling northbound on Route 148 at 3:30 a.m. when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.  The accident happened in front of Sesser Animal Hospital, which is less than a mile […]

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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.

Obituary – Theresia Elizabeth Seagraves – Benton

Theresia Elizabeth Seagraves, 108, of West City, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, August 11, 2014 at 8:47 p.m. at Helia HealthCare in Benton.

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Benton’s Mitchell, Murphysboro’s Novara heading to USGA National Amatuer in Atlanta

Southern Illinois University men’s golfers Andrew Mitchell and Drew Novara qualified for the USGA National Amateur Championship by virtue of strong performances at a qualifying tournament held on Monday in Normal, Ill.

Salukis picked fifth in preseason MVFC poll

ST. LOUIS – Southern Illinois was picked fifth in the preseason MVFC poll, the conference announced Tuesday. In addition, seniors MyCole Pruitt (tight end) and Thomas Kinney (placekicker) were named to the preseason All-Conference team.

Ernie Reynolds during his long career as a high school basketball official.

Old School vs. New School

It takes only a brief conversation with 82-year-old Ernie Reynolds to figure out that, even though he officiated his last sporting event more than 35 years ago, he still holds a deep love, and maybe more importantly, great respect for Southern Illinois high school basketball.

Miners drop two at Florence

After dropping the series finale at home against Frontier, the Miners appeared to rebound with a win Friday over the Florence Freedom, but then fell in the last two games of the series. Southern Illinois won 4-1 Friday in 11 innings, lost 3-2 Saturday and lost the rubber game Sunday 4-3.     Here’s the […]

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Benton's Andrew Mitchell, right, is pictured receiving the trophy for winning this year's Benton Gold Cup.  Pictured with Mitchell is Mark Dyel, tournament director.

Mitchell wins Gold Cup for second straight year

BENTON — Last year, Andrew Mitchell claimed the Benton Gold Cup title on his home course of Benton Country Club for the first time in emotional fashion after erasing a six-shot deficit on the final nine holes and winning a playoff. Here’s a link to the story in the Benton Evening News.

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Family among alleged victims of West Frankfort accountant

Family among alleged victims of West Frankfort accountant

Hands-on Science Fun at Rend Lake on August 2

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake invites you to attend this week’s Environmental Science Series program to be held in the Rend Lake Visitor Center on Saturday August 2.

RLC to host first Warrior Fest on Oct. 18 with car show, flea market, children’s activities

INA, Ill. – The whole family is invited to spend the day at Rend Lake College for the first Warrior Fest this fall. The event, scheduled for Oct. 18, will feature a car show, flea market, and tons of children’s events across the Ina campus.

Health Information Technology program enrolling now for first semester at RLC

INA, Ill. (July 29, 2014) – There are plenty of career options in the ever-growing health care field, and one of the newest programs at Rend Lake College is kicking off the fall semester with plenty of enrollment opportunities.

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Sesser man killed in single-vehicle accident

A 51-year-old Sesser man was killed early Tuesday morning in a single-vehicle accident in Franklin County. Authorities say that Patrick Styve, was traveling northbound on Route 148 at 3:30 a.m. when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.  The accident happened in front of Sesser Animal Hospital, which is less than a mile […]