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20-year-old Rend Lake College grad secures patent — an enormous feat for his age

At age 20, recent Rend Lake College graduate Dakota Tate has received a patent — for his invention of a way to use discarded automotive, truck and implement tires as drainage culverts.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker urges hospitals to halt nonemergency surgeries amid record-breaking COVID-19 spike; lieutenant governor infected and driver’s facilities to close

The effects of Illinois’ most recent COVID-19 wave were varied and widespread Thursday, with new daily cases breaking another record, the lieutenant governor announcing she has tested positive, the state shutting down in-person services at driver’s license facilities for more than two weeks and the governor urging hospitals to halt nonemergency surgeries.

Federal court panel upholds Democratic-drawn state legislative districts

A federal court panel in Chicago on Thursday upheld a Democratic redrawing of the state’s 177 legislative district boundaries, paving the way for next year’s statehouse elections and rejecting challenges from Republicans and Latino and Black advocacy groups that argued it violated voting rights laws.

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New Year’s resolutions for young adults in 2022 can draw on these key takeaways from 2021

The start of a new year means millions of Americans will begin to write down their goals and aspirations for the upcoming year.

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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.

David Rogers – Benton, IL

David Lee Rogers, age 68, of Benton, passed away at 8:56 a.m. Friday, January 14, 2022, at the Deaconess Midtown Hospital of Evansville, Indiana.

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Cobden’s Appleknockers find success despite a condemned home court

COBDEN — Last summer, the historic home gym of the immortal Cobden Amazing Appleknockers was condemned and locked up waiting to be demolished and replaced by a modern state of the art facility.

Sesser-Valier defeats Christopher to claim tourney title

SESSER — A strong second-half defensive effort enabled the Sesser-Valier Red Devils to rally from a five-point halftime deficit and defeat the Christopher Bearcats, 37-31, in the championship game of the 40th Annual Sesser-Valier Holiday Tournament.

Column: A hot stove league without a hot stove? Give baseball what it deserves during the lockout — and ignore the rumors.

The problem with having a hot stove league without the hot stove is it doesn’t deter baseball fans from pretending the stove still exists.

Saluki Men’s Basketball hosts Loyola at 4 PM on Sunday

CARBONDALE, Ill. — In a key, early-season Missouri Valley Conference matchup, Southern Illinois hosts Loyola on Sunday at 4 p.m. in a nationally televised game on ESPN2.

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Ethics, minimum wage top Illinois’ new laws in 2022

SPRINGFIELD — With nearly 300 laws taking effect on New Year’s Day, Illinois lawmakers have resolved to hold themselves to a higher ethical standard, stay the government’s regulatory arm on young entrepreneurs and review ways to revive the struggling local journalism industry.

Two dead after fatal crash in Jefferson County

JEFFERSON COUNTY – Two people are dead following a two-vehicle crash along Interstate 57 on Wednesday.

‘We will never be the same’: Family mourns Illinois sheriff’s deputy fatally shot in Wayne County

WAYNE COUNTY, Ill. — The family of a sheriff’s deputy who was killed here by a man who went on to carjack, rob and shoot more people during a two-state manhunt this week said Friday their son, husband, father and friend was a hero.

Chicago has recorded nearly 800 homicides heading into New Year’s Eve, top cop says

Chicago has recorded nearly 800 criminal homicides just before the New Year’s Eve holiday, according to police, marking a small increase over last year and a more than 60% increase from 2019.

Charges brought in Illinois deputy fatal shooting; fundraisers set for deputy’s family

WAYNE COUNTY – Charges have been brought against Ray Tate for the alleged fatal shooting of a Wayne County deputy while various organizations raise funds for the family.

One suspect arrested in shooting of officers at hotel in Bradley

A man suspected in the shooting of one police officer and wounding of another at a northern Illinois hotel has been taken into custody, the Illinois State Police said Friday.

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