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Mike Absher steps down as Watermark CEO as he prepares to become Marion’s next mayor

MARION — Watermark Auto Group announced Monday that Brad Poole, chief operations officer, has been named Watermark’s new president, effective immediately.

Bill would put fire departments staffed by part-timers on hook for pension costs

It’s on to the state House for legislation that would require towns that hire part-time firefighters to pay part of their full-time pensions.

Lawmakers debate taxing, spending in Illinois

As Illinois lawmakers prepare to vote on a constitutional amendment to change the state’s flat income tax to a graduated one, debate on the topic continued Monday even with the legislature off for a two-week break.

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Editorial: Democrats’ immigration stance is going to cost them

Critics are correct: President Trump was wrong when he threatened to release tens of thousands of asylum seekers into sanctuary cities.

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.

Katherine K. Sanford – Benton, IL

Katherine K. Sanford, a long-time Benton native, passed away late Monday, April 15, 2019 at Franklin Hospital.

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Yelich bastes Birds again as his three homers propel Brewers

The last time the Cardinals came through here, which was about two weeks ago, third baseman Matt Carpenter compared Milwaukee outfielder Christian Yelich to legendary Babe Ruth. As it turns out, that might not have been flattering enough.

RLC National Championship team to be honored Saturday night

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Zion Williamson declares for the NBA draft after 1 year at Duke

Zion Williamson is leaving Duke after one high-flying season to enter the NBA draft.

Yu Darvish strikes out 8 and picks up his 1st victory as the Cubs coast to a 7-2 win over the Marlins

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SIU Carbondale to add recruiters on the ground in St. Louis, Chicago

CARBONDALE — Southern Illinois University Carbondale is beefing up its student outreach in two cities that have long been key sources of new Salukis: St. Louis and Chicago.

Pritzker talks taxes with Illinois Broadcasters

NORMAL — Gov. J.B. Pritzker pleaded his case for the proposed graduated income tax at the Illinois New Broadcasters Association’s annual spring convention Saturday evening.

Franklin County Sheriff’s report

oshua T. Kettering age 46 of Benton was arrested for driving on a suspended license and ticketed for operating an uninsured vehicle.

House passes measure to give tuition assistance to undocumented citizens, transgender students

Noncitizen students and transgender individuals not eligible for federal student loan aid because they’ve failed to register for the selective service would be able to access tuition assistance in Illinois under a plan passed by the House.

Illinois homeowners pay nearly double the national average in property taxes

For all of the outcry and political promises to help property taxes, Illinoisans still pay the second highest rates in the nation.

Life Goes On program launches new campaign featuring 11-year-old heart transplant recipient

April is National Donate Life Month, and all across the country agencies are mounting campaigns to educate people about organ and tissue donation and encourage them to sign as organ donors.