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Rep. Aaron Schock resigns amid questions about travel, spending

Rep. Aaron Schock is resigning his seat in Congress, saying in a statement issued Tuesday that “constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great distraction” and have made it “too difficult for me to serve the people of the 18th District.”   Here’s the link to the story in the Chicago Tribune.

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Matt Witkewiz – Going the extra mile … or two if necessary

Staff Report Matt Witkewiz takes his job very seriously. Witkewiz, service manager at Weeks Chrysler Dodge Ram location in West Frankfort, said some dealerships believe when a customer drives off the lot the transaction is complete. But with Witkewiz (affectionately known as ‘Wiz’ to his fellow employees) he believes the car-buying experience is just getting […]

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Our University: Transfer Students

By Walter V. Wendler Quality transfer students can bring positive characteristics to the university, not the least of which is a willingness to work.  Avril Thorne, Professor of Psychology at U.C. Santa Cruz made this observation: “If I could only choose one student next year, and randomly, it would be a transfer student. They are […]

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.

Christina Conner Dame – Benton, IL

Christina Conner Dame, 92, of Benton, IL, passed away Thursday morning March 26, 2015 at Franklin Hospital, in Benton.

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How’s your bracket going? Check here for latest March Madness updates.

Althoff advances to Class 3A championship game

PEORIA The Althoff Crusaders advanced to the championship game of the Illinois Class 3A State Basketball Tournament with a 82-74 semifinal win over Morgan Park of Chicago.

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Ashley West to play for RLC 2015-16 Tennis team

Salem Community High School’s (SCHS) Ashley West, CENTER, signed her letter of intent earlier this week to play tennis next season at Rend Lake College in Ina.

RLC Baseball Pre-Season Clinic set for April 12 at The Rec

INA, Ill. – Baseball athletes with the drive to improve their games can sign up now for the Rend Lake College Baseball Pre-Season Clinic, set for Sunday, April 12, at The Rec, formerly known as the Hitting Zone.

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Summer Job Opportunities Available at Rend Lake

  Rend Lake – USAJOBs.gov is now accepting applications to fill summer positions at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facilities. This hiring includes Rend Lake, Benton, IL. Rend Lake is one of the many locations that will be hiring students for summer employment through the Pathways program. These positions are open to current students enrolled […]

Franklin County Farm Bureau News

You may have heard that the Firearm Owners Identification Card process has changed and I am not exactly sure if it is for the better but none the less we have to deal with it. We have always filled out applications and taken pictures for people but now that process is a little more involved.

Justice Department investigating former U.S. Rep Schock

The Justice Department is investigating the congressional expenses and business dealings of Rep. Aaron Schock, and FBI agents have begun issuing subpoenas to potential witnesses, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Friday.

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Let H & R Block help you know the facts about common tax scams

Your phone rings. You look at the screen. It has a number you don’t recognize, but the caller ID appears as “IRS.” Your heart leaps into your throat. What could be wrong? You answer. The person on the phone tells you they’re with the IRS, they may even give a badge number. They begin to […]

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.