Benton police seek help in locating missing teenager

Benton police are seeking help from the public to locate a 15-year-old who they say is missing and may be in danger.

Even if he rallies his base, Gov. Rauner faces uphill general election campaign

There are just about 230 days until the November general election. Gov. Bruce Rauner is going to need every last one of them if he has any hopes of winning re-election.

Voter turnout in primary remains low

Non-presidential primaries in Illinois don’t typically garner much enthusiasm, but voters bucked that trend Tuesday.

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Pastor Rick Warren: God says you are capable

God says you have been gifted for ministry to serve other people. Every Christian is a minister. That doesn’t mean every Christian is a pastor, but you are a minister. Anytime you’re using your talents and gifts to help others, you’re ministering.

Student housing to be consolidated on West Side of SIU Campus

CARBONDALE – SIU Carbondale will bring students together in residence halls on the west side of campus this fall in order to increase student engagement, according to SIU Chancellor Carlo Montemago.

Toys R Us tells workers it will liquidate and sell or close all stores

Toys R Us told employees Wednesday that it is planning to sell or close all of its U.S. stores, and that it will file liquidation papers this evening in advance of a court hearing scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Robert Martin Garrison — Benton, IL

Robert Martin Garrison, 95, of Benton, IL passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

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Faith in each other is biggest factor carrying Loyola to Sweet 16

Without fail after victories, Loyola coach Porter Moser opens his remarks in a way that stays true to the school’s Jesuit mission.

Belleville West get first shot at boys basketball title against Class 4A defending champions

Tyrone Slaughter’s early take on Saturday’s Class 4A basketball championship game is that it will be the classic match of David versus Goliath.

Great Twitter reaction to No. 1 Virginia losing and brackets going down in flames

As one would expect, there was a great Twitter reaction to last night’s stunning upset as No. 16 UMBC beats No. 1 Virginia — the first time in NCAA history that a No. 16 has beaten a top seed.

Bracket Disaster: UMBC makes history with stunning upset of No. 1 Virginia

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jairus Lyles couldn’t suppress a smile, knowing that a school known more for chess than hoops had finally made it happen — a 16 ousting a 1 in March Madness. Here’s the link to the story.

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Incumbent state Rep. Terri Bryant wins in 115th

State Rep. Terri Bryant held onto GOP support in the primary race Tuesday for the 115th House seat.

Battle of the big money candidates is official

Victories in Tuesday’s primary election by Republican incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrat J.B Pritzker sets the stage for a November showdown of two billionaires and what could be the most expensive gubernatorial campaign in history.   Here’s the link at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Gov. Rauner proclaims National Agriculture Day in Illinois

Gov. Bruce Rauner proclaimed today National Agriculture Day in Illinois and encouraged Illinoisans to celebrate the rich agricultural heritage of the state. This is the 45th anniversary of National Ag Day and this year’s theme is “Agriculture: Food for Life.”

Winners and losers in Tuesday’s primary election

Here’s everything you need to know from Tuesday’s primary election.

New Career Technical Exploration camps to feature growing industries

When it comes to navigating any number of technical or health care industries, Rend Lake College is here to help. This year, RLC is combining the popular Discovery Camp with new Career Technical Exploration (CTE) camps to offer more chances for middle and high school students to learn more about their future in these careers.

Franklin County man sentenced to prison

Kevin W. Shuman was sentenced March 14 to 235 months in prison and he pleaded guilty to a one-count indictment charging conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, according to a press release issued by U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Donald S. Boyce.