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First Illinois bill proposed to legalize pot ‘more in line with how we treat alcohol’

SPRINGFIELD — Attention at the Statehouse is expected to begin focusing on one of Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s top priorities — legalizing recreational marijuana — with the deadline for lawmakers to introduce new bills on Friday.

Pritzker wants House to pass minimum wage bill without changes

Gov. J.B. Pritzker heralded the Senate’s passage of a bill that raises the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 and pledged to include the increased costs in a balanced budget proposal later this month.

Business groups come together to urge changes to minimum wage bill

Businesses from across the state came together in Springfield on Monday to urge the Illinois lawmakers to amend a proposed minimum wage increase to allow for lower pay outside the city of Chicago.

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Your Daily Prayer: A Prayer for When You are Battle Weary

Do you feel the tension that seems to permeate the air of this world lately? Things just feel heavy. Hearts are hurting.

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.

Jack E. Lohmann — Benton, IL

Jack Ernest Lohmann, age 62, of Benton, passed away Monday, February 11, 2019 at his sister’s home.

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IHSA Board of Directors Meeting Recap

The IHSA Board of Directors met for their regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA office in Bloomington on Monday, February 11, 2019, where the Board approved three action items.

9 spring training questions for the Cubs, including Kris Bryant’s health and Joe Maddon’s new approach

After missing the National League Championship Series for the first time in four seasons, everyone in the Cubs organization is on notice.

MLB considering Cubs vs. Cardinals for a 2020 series in London: report

Two people familiar with the discussions tell The Associated Press that Major League Baseball is considering one of two matchups for its 2020 series in London: New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals or Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals.

Loyola rallies past Valparaiso to tighten grip on 1st place in Missouri Valley

When freshman guard Javon Freeman scored to open a nine-point lead with less than eight minutes left in Sunday’s Missouri Valley Conference game, it appeared Valparaiso might be on its way to upending Loyola.

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Watchdog warns blaming Rauner ignores state’s structural problems

While Gov. J.B. Pritzker blames the previous governor’s administration for an expected $3.2 billion deficit in the coming fiscal year, a public finance watchdog said the state’s financial problems are larger than any single administration.

Lawmakers say they have tentative deal on border funding to avert a second shutdown

Key lawmakers said late Monday that they had reached a tentative agreement over immigration rules and funding for border barriers, a deal that if signed by President Donald Trump would avert another government shutdown set to start at week’s end.

Illinois considers joining California, New York with $15 minimum wage

Illinois lawmakers are preparing to introduce legislation nearly doubling the state’s minimum wage from $8.25 to $15 per hour. While anyone in Illinois would be delighted with a nearly 100 percent pay raise, there are negatives that experts warn could happen if such a dramatic hike were to take place – even spread out over ten years.

Local woodworker donates custom flag to RLC Veteran Affairs

INA, Ill. — Local woodworker Jason Michael recently donated this custom military flag to Rend Lake College. Michael, with EJ Woodwork, made the flag at the request of Kacie Hunter, a Financial Aid Specialist and Veterans Coordinator at RLC. Hunter wanted to buy the piece to hang in her office. “I’m one of the first […]

Rend Lake College lists Fall 2018 Honors List

Rend Lake College is pleased to announce 401 students have made the President’s and Vice Presidents’ lists of academic honors for the Fall 2018 semester.

Franklin County Sherrif’s Department make multiple arrests

Eric “Ricky” J. Henson age 50 of West Frankfort was arrested for battery.