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Pritzker criminal justice initiative to focus on equity

The governor announced a new state initiative Monday focused on bringing ideas to change the state’s criminal justice system to a single place.

Illinois State Police gave Aurora shooter gun permit before revoking it

Officials with the Illinois State Police said Monday the agency doesn’t have the Aurora mass shooter’s revoked Firearm Owners Identification card, and it doesn’t know how many firearm disposition records remain outstanding for last year.

Charges against former Sesser mayor include drug manufacturing, weapons charges

SESSER — Ned Mitchell, the former longtime mayor of Sesser, is facing five felony counts after he was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of methamphetamine in mid-January.

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Pastor Rick Warren: How do you handle the mistakes you’ve made?

You and I blow it from time to time. The Christian life is a guilt-free life, but it’s not a mistake-free life.

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.

Jack E. Lohmann — Benton, IL

Jack Ernest Lohmann, age 62, of Benton, passed away Monday, February 11, 2019 at his sister’s home.

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Cubs’ rash of off-field controversies could give team the motivation it needs

Any day now, the conversation about the Cubs will return to baseball.

MVC Notebook: Bradley, Drake both surging into final 2 weeks

The only men’s basketball game in the Missouri Valley Conference tonight pits two of the most unlikely top-four teams you could have thought of at the beginning of the season.

Kris Bryant says his ‘St. Louis is so boring’ comment was taken out of context

MESA, Ariz. _ Kris Bryant said he was “caught off-guard” by the backlash regarding his comments about St. Louis “being so boring,” but added his comments in January were taken out of context.

Cardinals manager Shildt says Goldschmidt better than advertised

JUPITER, Fla. — St. Louis manager Mike Shildt’s phone lit up with texts and calls praising the character of Paul Goldschmidt after the Cardinals traded for the slugging first baseman in December.

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Illinois State Police acknowledge it wrongly issued a gun license to Aurora shooter

Illinois State Police acknowledge it wrongly issued a gun license to Aurora shooter

Illinois among 16 states suing to block Trump’s national emergency declaration for border wall

A coalition of 16 states filed a federal lawsuit Monday to block President Donald Trump’s plan to build a border wall without permission from Congress, arguing that the president’s decision to declare a national emergency is unconstitutional.

Lawmakers promote recreational marijuana plan at town hall

Two lawmakers crafting a bill to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Illinois are promoting their plan at town hall events around the state.

Phil Gilbert elected chair of SIU Board of Trustees

EDWARDSVILLE — The members of SIU’s governing board chose new leadership Thursday, although two of the trustees chosen for leadership positions could soon be removed and replaced by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Benton Police Report

On February 6, 2019 at approximately 7:40 a.m., Benton Police were dispatched to the 400 block of North Main Street in reference to an altercation.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Report

Christopher D. Landolt age 31 of Thompsonville was arrested for aggravated fleeing/attempting to elude a Police Officer, DUI, illegal transportation of alcohol and failure to drive right side of roadway.