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Got a gripe about the state’s transportation system? IDOT wants to hear it

If you have a gripe about the state’s transportation system, now is the time to express it outside of the confines of your stuck-in-traffic car.

Fitch reminds Illinois Democrats about party’s record of ‘poor fiscal decisions’

A credit-rating agency used a post-election report to remind Illinois Democrats poised to retake control of state government about the party’s track record of “poor fiscal decisions.”

Democrats take aim at state’s business climate

Democrats in the General Assembly, flush with supermajorities in both chambers and a friend in the governor’s mansion, will take a different approach to foster investment and job growth.

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Here’s how to overcome holiday anxiety and stress

“You get gas and I’ll run in for the fruit chews.” Here’s a link to the editorial at Fox News.

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.

L. Jane Webster – Benton, IL

Mrs. L. Jane Webster, age 90, of Benton, IL passed away with her children by her side at 6:48 p.m. Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Evelyn’s House Hospice Center of Creve Coeur, MO.

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Column: Winter (meetings) wonder: The Cubs are watching their wallets while the White Sox suddenly have money to burn

You might have thought Cubs President Theo Epstein and White Sox general manager Rick Hahn had swapped bodies the other day if you weren’t paying closer attention.

Column: Kris Bryant could see Las Vegas buddy Bryce Harper land on the South Side of town

Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant can get an up-close and personal view of the winter meetings this week without turning on their TVs.

4 interceptions, 1 safety and an offensive lineman TD: Bears top high-scoring Rams 15-6

The Bears defense shut down the Rams like no other team could this season Sunday night at Soldier Field to pull off a 15-6 upset in front of a national audience.

Novsek brings 31 years of experience back to Salukis

CARBONDALE — In his 31st Division I season, former Saluki forward Doug Novsek still believes college kids want the same things they did when he played in the late 1980s.

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Low budget kept Illinois’ 200th birthday party on the low-key side

Monday officially marked the state of Illinois’ 200th birthday, with a year’s worth of events and commemorations capped with a birthday bash on Chicago’s Navy Pier.

Nick Hill selected to attend AFCA’s 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute

The American Football Coaches Association announced today that Southern Illinois head coach Nick Hill was chosen to participate in the 2019 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute. The prestigious program is aimed at identifying and developing premier, future leaders in the football coaching profession.

Wisconsin GOP votes to weaken incoming Democrat who defeated Gov. Walker

Wisconsin Republicans pushed through protests, internal disagreement and Democratic opposition Wednesday to pass far-reaching legislation that would shift power to the GOP-controlled Legislature and weaken the Democrat who defeated Republican Gov. Scott Walker last month.

School volunteer, truck driver killed when wrong-way truck collides with school bus on I-74

A truck driver and school bus passenger were killed Monday night when their vehicles collided on I-74 in McLean County, according to Illinois State Police.

Benton police make arrests

On November 30, 2018 at approximately 1 a.m. Benton Police conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of Bond and North Main Street.

Mitch Trubisky says he’s ‘really close’ to 100 percent, expects to play Sunday against Rams

Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky stepped to the microphone Wednesday afternoon at Halas Hall and flashed a wide grin when a reporter welcomed him back to his weekly news conference.