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Dunbar remembered as one of the greatest Rangers ever

It’s fair to say that Rob Dunbar was far ahead of his time as a high school basketball player.

Year in Review: The biggest news stories in Illinois in 2019

Corruption investigations involving state lawmakers, elected officials, business executives, lobbyists disrupted business as usual in Springfield and Chicago in 2019.

Adults can use cannabis for fun starting Jan. 1, here’s how Illinois’ new law works

Starting Jan. 1, it will be legal for adults to possess and use recreational marijuana in Illinois, but new law includes limits on how much residents can have and where they can use it.

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New Year’s resolutions that matter — four ways you can change the world

In 2020, many of us will resolve to live better lives — eat healthier, make more money, get organized and kick bad habits. And while these are all great resolutions to have, I was recently inspired by a traditional Franciscan blessing to make a few more unconventional resolutions for the new year:

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.

Jenetta C. Trussell – Christopher, IL

Jenetta C. Trussell, 70, of Christopher, passed away at 11:41 a.m., on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at Herrin Hospital, Herrin, IL.

Afton Aleta (Cockrum) Lampley – Benton, IL

Afton Aleta (Cockrum) Lampley, 92, of Benton, died Sunday, January 12, 2020, at the Mt. Vernon Health Care Center. She was born February 1, 1927 in Franklin County Illinois, the daughter of Lemuel Franklin and Bertha Leona (Rich) Cockrum.

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Illinois’ Redbox Bowl appearance is a significant step for Lovie Smith and the football program. What’s next for both?

Between practices and media sessions, Illinois has fit in some touristy stops in San Francisco as it prepares for its first bowl game since 2014. A reporter asked coach Lovie Smith if he had previously toured Alcatraz.

The Bears pull out one final win in a disappointing season: 3 keys revisited after a 21-19 win over the Vikings

The Bears beat the Vikings 21-19 on Sunday afternoon, a ho-hum victory that ended with a game-winning 22-yard field goal by Eddy Pineiro in the closing seconds. That pushed Matt Nagy’s team across the finish line of a disappointing season at 8-8.

7 takeaways from Ohio State’s controversial 29-23 playoff loss to Clemson, including a terrific — and terrible — night for J.K. Dobbins

Chris Olave sat at his locker, dazed. As his Ohio State teammates showered and changed, he remained motionless in his No. 17 jersey.

Saluki Football | Top-ranked Bison have a lot to play for, too

CARBONDALE — Normally you can’t talk about No. 1 North Dakota State without mentioning its defense. Its last two head coaches, who both won multiple FCS national championships, were former defensive coordinators, and current leader Matt Entz was the defensive coordinator on last year’s team that won it all.

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Congregants fatally shot the Texas church gunman who killed 2 people, police say

A man pulled out a shotgun at a Texas church service and killed two people Sunday before he was fatally shot by congregants who quickly returned fire, police said

Benton police make arrests

On November 17, 2019 at approximately 2:35 a.m., Benton Police responded to a traffic crash at the intersection of East Main and McLeansboro Street.

New bill would cut off lawmaker pay the day they leave office in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — A measure preventing lawmakers from receiving pay for days they did not hold office has remained in legislative limbo since its introduction in January. Its sponsor said the “simple, common sense” fix is necessary to address the General Assembly’s “culture.”

Illinois pension consolidation bill passes despite objections over unknown Tier II enhancement costs

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to sign a measure to consolidate the state’s 649 suburban and downstate police and fire pension funds into two funds to maximize investment returns after the legislation passed the Senate on the final day of the fall veto session.

Pundits argue about whether higher taxes will push more people out of Illinois

Two ideological heavyweights sparred Wednesday in Chicago not only about Illinois’ proposed progressive income tax change, but about whether high taxes cause people to leave.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to changes Illinois’ negative narrative

Illinois’ fiscal stability was recently ranked by U.S. News and World as the worst of all states in the nation, but Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to change the narrative about the state.

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