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Rep. Bryant introduces house resolution denouncing ‘disgusting’ Satanic statue at Capitol

State Rep. Terri Bryant has introduced a resolution in the Illinois House condemning the decision by the Illinois Secretary of State to allow The Satanic Temple-Chicago to place a statue in the Statehouse rotunda along with displays that celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah.

Cannabis industry expert: 2018 big, 2019 could bigger for marijuana

s big as 2018 has been for marijuana, one industry expert said 2019 is likely to be even bigger.

Lame duck Chicago mayor comes out swinging against Illinois pension benefits

The state’s pension system is unsustainable and lawmakers in Springfield need to amend the state’s constitution to cut out a clause that protects pensions, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday.

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Commentary: Santa Claus vs. Amazon — a modern Christmas story

The old man with the red suit and white beard trudged dejectedly into the psychiatrist’s office. The psychiatrist motioned him to lie down on the couch.

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.

Charles “Chuck” Vogel — Christopher, IL

Charles “Chuck” Vogel, 88, of Christopher passed away on December 9, 2018. He was born on June 5, 1930 in Christopher to Martin “Bill” and Maude (Jones) Vogel.  He married Naomi (Eldridge) Vogel on May 22,1955 and she survives of Christopher. He is also survived by his daughter LuAnn (Rick) Polley of Mulkeytown; two grandsons […]

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Cubs’ Kris Bryant training without restrictions in wake of shoulder injury

Chatting with a healthy Kris Bryant and addressing some changes to a few struggling pitchers will have to be the consolation prizes as the Cubs are unlikely to make a move before the winter meetings end on Thursday.

As White Sox pursue Bryce Harper, agent Scott Boras says prized free agent is ‘looking … in the long term’

The White Sox might be the exception to agent Scott Boras’ post-negotiation forecast involving marquee free agent Bryce Harper.

Racers overwhelm Salukis 80-52

CARBONDALE, Ill. – The Southern Illinois men’s basketball team’s five-game winning streak came to an abrupt end with a 80-52 loss to Murray State on Wednesday night at SIU Arena. The Racers overwhelmed SIU from the tip and had a 49-18 lead at halftime.

Thompsonville downs Goreville to stay unbeaten

GOREVILLE — Thompsonville got off to a terrible start trailing Goreville after the first quarter, but rebounded in the middle periods to beat the Blackcats, 61-44, and remain undefeated in a non-conference boys basketball game Tuesday night.

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Saline County Clerk Roger Craig dies two weeks into term

HARRISBURG — Saline County Clerk Roger Craig died Wednesday morning, less than two weeks into his term.

New Franklin County sheriff ready to face county’s challenges

BENTON — Franklin County’s newest sheriff, David Bartoni, has inherited no shortage of problems.

Auditions dates set for RLC Spring Musical, “9 to 5”

NA, Ill. – Get down to business this year by auditioning for the Rend Lake College Spring 2019 Musical “9 to 5.” Auditions for the show will be held at 6 p.m. on Jan. 22, 2019 with callbacks set for 6 p.m. Jan. 24. The musical is presented at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 11-13, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in the RLC Theatre.

Benton police make arrests

On December 7t, 2018 at approximately 11:15 a.m. Benton Police were dispatched to Dollar General located at 1005 East Main Street in reference to a retail theft

Rauner applauds Board decision on Airbnb

CHICAGO — The Illinois Investment Policy Board (IIPB) today unanimously found that Airbnb’s decision to delist Jewish-owned properties on the West Bank was notin compliance with Illinois anti-BDS law. Airbnb has until the next IIPB meeting on March 13 to respond before the IIPB takes final action.


INA, Ill. – Rend Lake College is pleased to announce another 10 years of accreditation after the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) found that RLC met all five Criteria for Accreditation and their various subcomponents. The college’s next reaffirmation will be in 2028-2029.