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"Chalk Benton" at Benton Community Park on Saturday, July 31

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Annual RLC Car Show set for Oct. 9

INA, IL – Help support the next generation of automotive enthusiasts by participating in the 8th annual Rend Lake College Car show.

COVID-19 in Southern Illinois: Additional deaths reported in Franklin, Johnson, Massac, Perry, and Union Counties on Thursday

A county-by-county look at lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southern Illinois, updated daily. Last updated: 10:30 p.m., Thursday, August 12.

SIU workshops to help Southern Illinois businesses apply for COVID grants

Southern Illinois business impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for financial assistance through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s new “Back to Business” grant program.

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Positively Speaking | Toby Moore: Memories my father gave me

As Gary Moore’s son, I had a unique vantage point to get to know my father in a way that almost nobody else could. He was a fantastic father!

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.

Jenetta C. Trussell – Christopher, IL

Jenetta C. Trussell, 70, of Christopher, passed away at 11:41 a.m., on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at Herrin Hospital, Herrin, IL.

Connie Hamm-Sesser, IL

Connie Hamm, 65, of Sesser, passed away on Monday, September 20, 2021 at her home.

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Chicago Cubs release Jake Arrieta — an abrupt ending to their reunion with the former Cy Young winner: ‘It was the right thing’

Nearly six months after the Chicago Cubs signed right-hander Jake Arrieta, a pairing both sides envisioned as a fruitful reunion, he briefly paused while weighing a postgame question.

Anderson provides the movie-like heroics with his walk-off homer to give the Chicago White Sox the victory in the Field of Dreams game

DYERSVILLE, IOWA — The diamond where the movie “Field of Dreams” was filmed was a long relay throw away.

Salukis rebuild run defense from front 4 out

CARBONDALE — SIU defensive coordinator Jason Petrino wants to feel good about eight defensive linemen when the Salukis open the 2021 season at Southeast Missouri State.

FanFest returns to Saluki Stadium on August 25, 7-8 PM

Saluki Athletics will host its 10th Saluki FanFest event on Wednesday, August 25th, at Saluki Stadium from 7-8 p.m. Parents can sign-up their children (age 12 and under) for Brown Dawg’s Kids Club and receive a free membership t-shirt.

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RLC Board highlights

Approved revisions to Rend Lake College Policy and Procedure 3.1530 – Holidays, second reading, effective September 14, 2021

Police arrest Illinois man accused of trying to lure children into his vehicle

Waukegan, Illinois, police have arrested a man accused of trying to lure two female juveniles into his vehicle on Aug. 7.

Construction continues on RLC Campus

Progress continued on a couple of different construction projects on the Rend Lake College campus.

GOP demands Biden administration act after Mayorkas calls border crisis ‘unsustainable’

Top Republicans on Friday called on the Biden administration to act on the crisis at the southern border after leaked audio emerged of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas calling the situation there “unsustainable.”

Slain Chicago police Officer Ella French was part of community safety team, often worked by newer cops in city’s toughest neighborhoods By JEREMY GORNER

On the night Chicago police Officer Ella French was shot to death and her partner badly wounded, the two were working on a roving team tasked with patrolling areas around the city prone to spikes in violence and other crime. Here’s a link to the story at the Chicago Tribune.

Census shows downstate Illinois population decline, sets stage for redistricting

SPRINGFIELD — Downstate Illinois is continuing to hollow out, with U.S. Census data, released Thursday afternoon, confirming the region’s losses as the main driver of the state’s population loss over the past 10 years

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