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Franklin County Sheriff condemns social media photo showing dying woman

ZEIGLER — Franklin County Sheriff Dave Bartoni said Jared Kirkendoll almost did everything right. After he found a woman near death on his property, he pulled the mother of five out of the cold, put blankets on her and tried doing chest compressions on her as they waited for an ambulance.

Former Sesser Mayor, State Senator jailed on drug charge

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ill. — Former Illinois State Senator and the former mayor of Sesser, Ned Mitchell, is jailed in Franklin County tonight.

More allegations surface in arrest of Ewing man on grooming charges

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ill. — Just hours before a Nicholas Price was arrested and charged with grooming and distributing harmful material to minors, he was substitute teaching at Ewing Grade School.

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Pastor Rick Warren: Four Things You Shouldn’t Do with Your Money

The Bible tells a story in Luke 16 of a rich man who enlisted a manager to take care of his property. When the manager was accused of mishandling his master’s money and was called in to give an account of his stewardship, the manager devised a plan.

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.

Paul Austin – Benton, IL

Paul Austin 85, of Benton passed away Friday morning, Jan. 11, 2019 at his son’s home in Arizona.

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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.

6 things that could decide the NFL’s conference title games, including Tom Brady’s road struggles

After a wild-card round that was truly wild, with three visiting teams advancing, the divisional round of the NFL playoffs offered no surprises.

Trump rolls out fast-food spread to congratulate Clemson for its perfect season

The scent of burgers, fries and victory wafted through the stately White House on Monday as President Donald Trump saluted college football’s Clemson Tigers for winning the national championship

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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.