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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

Man accused in 2017 animal torture case given November trial date

BENTON — One of the people charged in the 2017 theft and killing of baby pigs in Franklin County was given a trial date Friday.

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

Thousands of acres of farmland are useless as flooding taxes Southern Illinois

WARE — In a normal year, Mitchel McLane plants about 2,700 acres of corn and soybeans on his farm in Union County.

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

Freshman lawmakers equate Illinois legislature to ‘circus,’ ‘Game of Thrones’

There’s bipartisan agreement among two freshman lawmakers that the way things are run at the Illinois State Capitol can be chaotic.

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

As Illinois legislative session closes, Governor says: ‘Illinois is back’

SPRINGFIELD — Minutes after the Senate put the final touches on first-term Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s sweeping legislative agenda Sunday, the governor addressed media and delivered a message: “Illinois is back.”

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

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