Former state Sen. Pam Althoff will head up Illinois Medical Cannabis Alliance
J.B. Pritzker sworn in as 43rd governor of Illinois
Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker to be sworn in on Monday


Charges against Gaege Bethune dropped, future indictment still possible

MURPHYSBORO — The state prosecutors who sought to convict Gaege Bethune in the 2014 death of Southern Illinois University student Pravin Varughese have dismissed the charges against him.

Pritzker calls for more renewable energy, expert warns of consumer costs

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed an executive order Wednesday to join the U.S. Climate Alliance to get all of the state’s energy from renewable sources by 2050, but a critic said the plan will lead to higher utility prices for consumers rather than reversing climate change.

Former Republican state Senator Pam Althoff to lead Illinois Medical Cannabis Alliance

Recently retired Republican state Sen. Pam Althoff voted against medical marijuana back in 2009, but she voted for the idea just four years later, and she voted to make pot possession a civil fine in Illinois.

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The state of Nancy Pelosi’s union

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is doing the unthinkable: She’s denying President Donald Trump the forum to verbally deliver the State of the Union address. The far left is cheering. For them, the move confirms that they selected the right speaker by once again entrusting Pelosi.

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.

Jane Spencer – Whittington, IL

Jane Spencer, 86, of Whittington, IL passed away Monday morning, January 21, 2019 at her home.

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Todd Hefferman: Vols now have two Smithpeters on their side

Tyler Smithpeters traded in his maroon and white jersey for a light blue dress shirt Wednesday night at Rend Lake College.

Salukis try to find right mix against Northern Iowa

CARBONDALE — Armon Fletcher’s return has not boosted SIU’s men’s basketball team as much as it had hoped.

Salukis drop to .500 with 59-58 loss at Illinois State

NORMAL, Ill. – The Southern Illinois men’s basketball team rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit to take the lead, but Illinois State’s Phil Fayne hit one of two free throws with 5.7 seconds remaining to give the Redbirds a 59-58 win over SIU on Tuesday night at Redbird Arena.

RLC softball pre-season clinic sign-ups start

INA, Ill. – High school athletes can sign up now for a spot at Rend Lake College’s Fourth Annual Softball Pre-Season Prospect Clinic at the Rec Center. The clinic will begin with registration at 7 a.m. and instruction at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, 2019.

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Man exonerated posthumously for 1981 stabbing in Mount Vernon

The Illinois Innocence Project at the University of Illinois Springfield has announced that Grover Thompson, who was wrongfully convicted in 1981 and died in prison in 1996, has received executive clemency based on actual innocence by former Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Rauner makes another plea for reform as Democrats take over Illinois

On his way out, the Republican governor made another push for reducing property taxes and other reforms.

SNAP benefits will continue through February for Illinois users, despite shutdown

State officials announced Friday that Illinois residents who rely on federal food assistance will continue to get those benefits through February despite the partial government shutdown.

February brings new personal enrichment classes from Community and Corporate Ed

INA, Ill. – February might be short on days, but it’s not short on options when it comes to learning opportunities provided by the Rend Lake College Community and Corporate Education Department.

Gunman gets 84-year term in Chicago honor student’s killing

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has imposed an 84-year prison sentence on a Chicago man who fatally shot a 15-year-old honor student a week after she performed at President Barack Obama’s 2013 inauguration festivities.

Jayme Closs kidnapping: Suspect aborted two previous attempts to take girl at her home

A Wisconsin man accused of abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs and holding her captive for three months made up his mind to take her when he spotted the teenager getting on a school bus near her home, authorities said Monday.