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Benny Harmse, Continental Tire the Americas (CTA) Mt. Vernon Plant Manager, CENTER, donates $25,000 to the Rend Lake College Foundation for the "Pathway to Success" campaign. CTA is the lead donor of the campaign, which will update the Administration Building and walkway on the Ina campus as well as provide scholarships to students in need. Pictured with Harmse is Shawna Manion, RLC Foundation CEO, LEFT, and Terry Wilkerson, RLC President, RIGHT. Click on the image for a larger view.
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Funeral services set for former Congressman Ken Gray

BENTON — Family, friends and constituents will gather to say goodbye to retired U.S. Rep. Ken Gray this weekend.

Lawmakers expected to finalize medical pot rules today

Lawmakers are expected to finalize rules for medical marijuana in Illinois today, allowing people to start applying to be legal users as soon as September, officials said.

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Our Universities: Stakeholders on Student Debt Plan Need to Put Skin in the Game

Starbucks and Arizona State University (ASU) announced a deal on Sunday: Starbucks employees who are juniors or seniors would be provided reimbursement for online education at ASU. The agreement shows insightful, mutually beneficial, action to reduce long-term indebtedness of student borrowers. It should be the tip of an iceberg of innovation.

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.

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Obituary – Ted Denham – Ewing

EWING — Ted Denham, 79, passed away Saturday morning, July 19, 2014, in Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mount Vernon. Ted was born Feb. 21, 1935, in Frisco, the son of Orville and Vada (Cunningham) Denham. He married Maxine (Fagan) on Feb. 5, 1956, in Corinth, Mississippi. Mr. Denham was owner and operator of […]

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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 […]

Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn dies at age 54

SAN DIEGO — Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has died of cancer at 54. Gwynn’s sweet left-handed swing made him one of San Diego’s best-loved athletes. He was nicknamed “Mr. Padre” during his 20-year major league career. Here’s the story in the Marion Daily.

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RLC signs Mykhaela Tolds from Texas

Mykhaela Tolds of Houston is the newest member of the Rend Lake College Lady Warriors Basketball team after signing a national letter of intent Friday morning to play next fall on the 2014-15 team. She is the second Texan to play for the team under Head Coach Ward McDaniel.

Coach Kill’s – Huck’s Ride for the Fund set for Saturday, July 12

(CARBONDALE, IL) One of southern Illinois’ most anticipated charity poker runs is coming back. Southern Illinois Healthcare and the Coach Kill Cancer Fund are pleased to welcome Martin and Bayley Corporation, the parent company of Huck’s convenience stores, as the corporate sponsor of Huck’s Ride for the Fund on Saturday, July 12. The poker run will begin and end at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds with card draws at Riverside Park in Murphysboro, John A. Logan College, West Frankfort City Park and the Harbor Oaks picnic area at Rend Lake.

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Quinn complains wealthy are trying to help Rauner buy election

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn criticized Republican opponent Bruce Rauner and Rauner’s allies today as “billionaires trying to buy their way into Illinois politics” after the GOP candidate received a $2.5 million campaign contribution from hedge-fund boss Kenneth Griffin.

Three Benton residents arrested in two separate altercations

A pair of non-related altercations led to multiple charges Monday in Benton.

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Shimkus seeks input from VA employees, vets

Maryville, Illinois — Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) is reiterating his open-door policy for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employees and veterans in his district to contact his office to report any irregularities in VA scheduling procedures they have witnessed. “Today’s release of the VA’s Access Audit confirms that the problems with veterans getting timely […]


Prairie Heart Institute/SIH present ‘Heart Failure University’

CARTERVILLE, IL) Patients with congestive heart failure and their families are invited to attend the next session of Heart Failure University, an education program offered in collaboration from Prairie Heart Institute/Southern Illinois Healthcare.

JALC AutumnFest Applications Now Being Accepted

Artists and vendors who would like to sell their goods at the 39th Annual AutumnFest Arts & Crafts Show on Nov. 8-9 at John A. Logan College can now apply to reserve booth space at the event. The application deadline is Friday, July 25.

Three camps at RLC nearly filled for summer 2014

INA, Ill. (June 5, 2014) – Time is running short for students who want to enroll in a number of summer camps at Rend Lake College. Pullback Car Frenzy, Comic Book Art, and Castles, Catapults, and Coat of Arms will meet on the Ina campus in upcoming weeks.