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Illinois’ population losses greater in youth, working-age residents than retirees

Illinois’ youth and working-age professionals are leaving in greater numbers than other age groups, including retirees, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Illinois State Police warn drivers to think twice about texting behind the wheel

Illinois’ laws for distracted driving are being reclassified so that texting behind the wheel will carry a stiffer penalty next month.

Cannabis grower predicts exponential industry growth in Illinois

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to sign a measure to legalize recreational cannabis use and sales for adults and one of the state’s medical marijuana companies is preparing for exponential growth.

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Op-Ed: Illinois lawmakers’ ‘accomplishments’ will weaken state

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and lawmakers are touting their many accomplishments from the recently completed legislative session.

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.

Debbie Davis — Yulee, FL

Debbie Davis, age 65, of Yulee, FL and formerly of Benton, passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Jacksonville, FL.

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Baez homers, Cubs win; Alonso sets Mets mark for rookie HRs

CHICAGO — Javier Baez hit a milestone homer to win a game after Pete Alonso went deep once again to set a team record.

The party’s over: Cards fall short as Angels win finale of Pujols-fest

In the last inning of what could be his last game in St. Louis, Albert Pujols was due up fourth and the three Angels ahead of him of course reached base so that his last at-bat in a ballpark he called home came with the bases loaded.

Salukis use last basketball scholarship to sign Nebraska transfer guard

CARBONDALE, Ill. — With its last available scholarship for the 2019-20 season, Southern Illinois signed Nebraska transfer guard Karrington Davis on Thursday, the final addition to an eight-man Spring recruiting haul under new head coach Bryan Mullins.

Lance Rhodes announced as Saluki baseball head coach

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Southern Illinois University Director of Athletics Jerry Kill announced that Missouri assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Lance Rhodes has been named the eighth head coach in the history of the Saluki Baseball program.

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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.

Wynonna Judd to play 2019 Du Quoin State Fair; fairgrounds are getting video gambling

Wynonna Judd to play 2019 Du Quoin State Fair; fairgrounds are getting video gambling

Illinois health officials warn of mosquito uptick after wet spring

It’s another sign that summer has arrived in Illinois: The state is putting out its first mosquito warning.

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