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The Sly Ol’ Fox – SISC Goes One-on-One with Curt Reed

Dressed in a green wind suit – McLeansboro’s favorite color Kelly green of course – Curt Reed is a man in perpetual non-stop motion.

Hope Over Heroin event slated to begin Friday, August 16 in Benton

The word ‘hope’ is defined by Dictionary.com as follows: to believe, to desire and to trust that what is wanted can be achieved.

West Frankfort man charge with two counts of first-degree murder in death of Kendra Ardery

A 48-year-old West Frankfort man has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the death of 29-year-old Kendra Ardery, also of West Frankfort.

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How much would ‘Medicare-for-all’ REALLY cost the middle class? The answer is shocking

During the most recent round of Democratic presidential debates, nearly all the leading candidates reiterated their commitment to transition the U.S. health insurance industry to a “Medicare-for-All,” government-run model. Some promised to do it more quickly than others, but in the end, the result would be the same: the federal government would control health care within a decade.

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.

Barbara A. “Barb” Rich – Benton, IL

Barbara “Barb” A. Rich, 74, of Benton, passed away at 3:11 p.m., on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, at the Herrin Hospital.

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Miners win 700th game in franchise history

The Southern Illinois Miners beat the Evansville Otters Saturday at Bosse Field to win their 700th game as a franchise, becoming the fastest team in Frontier League history to that milestone. The win also clinched the weekend series with their third victory in a row and seventh in their last nine games.

New-look Salukis will be tested at Sunshine Slam

CARBONDALE — The Sunshine Slam in Kissimmee, Florida, will arrive a little earlier than SIU’s men’s basketball team would like, but should be a great test for the new-look Salukis.

Heyward, Darvish lead Cubs to sweep of Brewers

CHICAGO — Jason Heyward drove in three runs, Yu Darvish pitched five effective innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 7-2 on Sunday to sweep their weekend series. Here’s a link to the story at the Chicago Tribune.

Oakland walks all over Cardinals, completes sweep of two-game series

OAKLAND, Calif. — Regardless of what team appears on their schedule for tomorrow or who the box score shows they faced yesterday, Cardinals manager Mike Shildt repeatedly has said this season that his team’s opponent, day in and day out, does not change.

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Public finance watchdog warns Illinois taxpayers about reports from credit rating agencies

A public finance watchdog said a recent credit rating outlook change for Illinois may be good for bondholders, but it’s not necessarily good for taxpayers.

Report: Americans rack up ‘shocking’ $1 trillion in credit card debt

Americans have accumulated more than $1 trillion in credit card debt, and that number will increase by tens of billions of dollars this year, according to a report by the consumer finance site WalletHub .

Illinois state lawmaker indicted on embezzlement charge

An Illinois state senator accused of embezzling nearly $275,000 from a labor union said Friday that his indictment was based on false claims by a former Teamsters boss who recently pleaded guilty to extortion.

Advocacy group warns tax increases could be needed to pay for Illinois government pensions

A taxpayer advocacy group is touring parts of Illinois highlighting what it said are lavish public sector pensions in an effort to spur change.

Pritzker signs film tax credit to encourage TV, movie production in Illinois

Illinois’ governor and a Hollywood producer don’t want a corruption scandal involving a union boss and a film production house to dim the lights of making pictures in the Windy City.

Pritzker signs bill to create bipartisan Property Tax Relief Task Force

A task force to find property tax relief for Illinoisans who pay the second-highest property tax in the nation is expected to come up with a plan by the end of the year.

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