Cubs’ Kris Bryant training without restrictions in wake of shoulder injury

Chatting with a healthy Kris Bryant and addressing some changes to a few struggling pitchers will have to be the consolation prizes as the Cubs are unlikely to make a move before the winter meetings end on Thursday.

Here’s a link to the story at the Chicago Tribune.

As White Sox pursue Bryce Harper, agent Scott Boras says prized free agent is ‘looking … in the long term’

The White Sox might be the exception to agent Scott Boras’ post-negotiation forecast involving marquee free agent Bryce Harper.

Here’s a link to the story at the Chicago Tribune.

Commentary: Santa Claus vs. Amazon — a modern Christmas story

The old man with the red suit and white beard trudged dejectedly into the psychiatrist’s office. The psychiatrist motioned him to lie down on the couch.

Here’s a link to the editorial at the Chicago Tribune.

Saline County Clerk Roger Craig dies two weeks into term

HARRISBURG — Saline County Clerk Roger Craig died Wednesday morning, less than two weeks into his term. 

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

Op-Ed: Happy birthday: The solution that never was to Illinois’ pension crisis

Illinois was born 200 years ago this week. But another significant birthday should provoke pause, because it points the way forward for our struggling state.

Here’s a link to the editorial at Illinois News Network.

New Franklin County sheriff ready to face county’s challenges

BENTON — Franklin County’s newest sheriff, David Bartoni, has inherited no shortage of problems.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

Auditions dates set for RLC Spring Musical, “9 to 5”


INA, Ill. – Get down to business this year by auditioning for the Rend Lake College Spring 2019 Musical “9 to 5.” Auditions for the show will be held at 6 p.m. on Jan. 22, 2019 with callbacks set for 6 p.m. Jan. 24. The musical is presented at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 11-13, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in the RLC Theatre.

Actors over the age of 16 are invited to audition in the RLC Theatre. Actors should dress professionally and bring an extra set of comfortable clothes to learn dance numbers.

Auditions will be a two-step process. Those interested will sing a portion of a song and then learn a dance combination. Actors are asked to have prepared 32 bars or a minute of a song that best shows off their personality and vocal ability, but should not be from the show “9 to 5.” Participants are asked to bring sheet music with them to the audition. An accompanist will be provided.

Callbacks are also scheduled for 6 p.m. in the RLC Theatre where potential actors will be required to do a cold reading and perform portions of songs from “9 to 5.” There may also be an additional dance callback.

After the cast announcement, rehearsals will begin at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 in the RLC Theatre and will be held at the same time and location Mondays through Thursdays, with some exceptions.

For more information about auditions, contact Alstat at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1817 or alstats@rlc.edu.

Based on characters created by Patricia Resnick with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, “9 to 5” revolves around a three female coworkers pushed to the boiling point by a  sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. This show is rated PG-13.

Tickets will cost $12 and will be available for purchase on March 25. Contact the RLC Box Office for additional information at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1467.

Fight for $15 to take center stage in Illinois under new governor

Fight for $15 to take center stage in Illinois

Benton police make arrests

On December 7t, 2018 at approximately 11:15 a.m. Benton Police were dispatched to Dollar General located at 1005 East Main Street in reference to a retail theft.  Upon investigating, police arrested Abbey R. Holder, age 37, of West Frankfort for retail theft and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.  Holder was charged and transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.

On December 8, 2018 at approximately 1:45 a.m. Benton Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of Glendale Street in reference to a domestic disturbance.  Upon investigating, police arrested. Brent R. Perry, age 43, of Benton for domestic battery.  Perry was charged and transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.

On December 8t, 2018 at approximately 8:50 a.m. Benton Police were dispatched to the 200 block of Bailey Lane in reference to a disturbance.  Upon investigating, police arrested Krystal L. Boner, age 27, of West Frankfort for aggravated assault.  Boner was charged and transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing

Rauner applauds Board decision on Airbnb

CHICAGO — The Illinois Investment Policy Board (IIPB) today unanimously found that Airbnb’s decision to delist Jewish-owned properties on the West Bank was not in compliance with Illinois anti-BDS law. Airbnb has until the next IIPB meeting on March 13 to respond before the IIPB takes final action.

Gov. Bruce Rauner issued the following statement applauding the IIPB action:

“In response to our request for an investigation, the Illinois Investment Policy Board has determined that Airbnb is not in compliance with Illinois law prohibiting bans, divestitures and sanctions against the state of Israel. We applaud the Board’s finding and urge Airbnb to reverse its decision. It is imperative that we hold companies accountable when they are engaged in targeted discriminatory activities. Such actions not only violate the law of Illinois, they offend the core values of equality and fairness upon which our nation is built.”