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Illinois Congressman wants everyone counted for citizen regardless of legal status

As the White House continues forward with attempts to get a citizenship question on the upcoming U.S. Census, an Illinois congressman said everyone should be counted, regardless of immigration status.

Rep. Bryant: Words ‘twisted’ by Pritzker staff on Confederate Railroad cancellation

CARBONDALE — A meeting between Southern Illinois state Rep. Terri Bryant and executive staffers of Gov. J.B. Pritzker has yielded more details about the state’s decision to cancel a performance by the band Confederate Railroad at the Du Quoin State Fair, apparently over their use of the name and symbols of the confederacy.

Benton police make arrests

Benton Police were dispatched to Huck’s located at 1200 North Main Street in reference to retail theft.

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Clarence Page: Alas, poor Mad magazine, pulled under by its own humor wave

What? Mad magazine will disappear from newsstands after August? Well, as Dorothy Parker is said to have said after hearing of President Calvin Coolidge’s death, “How can they tell?” Here’s a link to the column at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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.

Phyllis Jean Malkovich – Benton, IL

Mrs. Phyllis Jean Malkovich, age 91; passed away at 5:59 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2019 at the SIH Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.

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Cards’ depth decreases, so does wiggle room

While musing about the exasperating state of his team heading into the All-Star break, Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein noted that executives are performers, too.

Comeback looks unlikely as Ankiel nears what agent Boras calls ‘decision time’

CLEVELAND — The comeback idea, hatched almost a year ago when he returned to the mound on a lark, has likely ended for Rick Ankiel before it could truly start this summer.

Silver: NBA ‘can do a better job’ on free agency, rules

LAS VEGAS — The NBA knows its rules about when teams can negotiate with free agents are not being followed.

AL holds off NL for 4-3 win in All-Star Game

CLEVELAND — Justin Verlander, Shane Bieber and the American League pitchers plugged power back into the mound.

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Family of Drew Peterson’s ex-wife seeks to resurrect wrongful death lawsuit against convicted ex-Bolingbrook cop

Attorneys for the family of Drew Peterson’s slain third wife are asking a Will County judge to reconsider his April decision to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit against the former Bolingbrook police sergeant.

Boycott planned over Du Quoin State Fair band cancellation amid broader debate

CARBONDALE — Southern Illinois is at the center of a national conversation about the First Amendment after the country rock band Confederate Railroad was removed from the Du Quoin State Fair’s grandstand lineup last week, apparently over their use of the name and symbols of the Confederacy.

DCFS investigator under review in AJ Freund case faced prior discipline, sits on McHenry County Board

The last child welfare investigator who made contact with Andrew “AJ” Freund before the young Crystal Lake boy was allegedly killed by his parents is a local elected official with a history of workplace complaints and a recent suspension, according to documents reviewed by the Tribune.

Illinois state employees approve 4-year deal with raises

A union representing thousands of Illinois state workers says its members have approved a four-year contract that offers lump-sum payments and a series of raises.

Illinois Farm Bureau takes action to combat high suicide rate among farmers

With a recent report showing that suicide rates among farmers are more than five times the national average, the Illinois Farm Bureau is taking steps to help farmers in need.

Fowler, Severin hosting senior health fair in Marion

MARION — An event Tuesday offers area seniors an opportunity to do a little one-stop shopping for health care needs.

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