60’s in the forecast by Thursday

High pressure will move east across the lower Mississippi Valley Wednesday. As the high approaches, expect chilly northwest winds and gradually decreasing clouds early in the week. Once the high moves to our east, southwest winds will bring milder temperatures later in the week, along with a chance of showers. (NWS Paducah)

Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. Northwest wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. North northwest wind 6 to 8 mph.
Partly sunny, with a high near 42. North northwest wind 7 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 25. Northwest wind 6 to 9 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 46. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph.
Wednesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 34. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph.
Sunny, with a high near 61. Southwest wind around 9 mph.
Thursday Night
A chance of showers after 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. South southwest wind around 7 mph.
A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 58. East southeast wind 8 to 11 mph.
Friday Night
A chance of showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. East southeast wind around 9 mph.
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 63. South wind around 9 mph.
Saturday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. South wind around 7 mph.
A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. South southwest wind 6 to 9 mph.

Ice Cube coming to SIU Arena April 28

Photo provided by SIU News Service

by Christi Mathis, SIU News Service 

CARBONDALE  — Rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, producer and media personality Ice Cube is coming to Southern Illinois University Carbondale next month.

The man who has sold millions of records worldwide will perform at the SIU Arena at 8 p.m. on April 28. Concert tickets officially go on sale at 10 a.m. on March 19. But an online-only presale through the SIU Ticket Office kicks off at 10 a.m. on Wednesday (March 14). Use the promo code “GOODDAY” for early ticket purchases.

Buy tickets online at www.events.siu.edu. Starting March 19, tickets are also available by calling 877-Salukis (877/725-8547).

Bringing major acts to Southern Illinois

“People on campus and in the community have told me that they want to see major entertainment and cultural events on campus,” said SIU Chancellor Carlo Montemagno. “In keeping with our vision of a revitalized SIU, we are listening to the requests of our students and community to bring major acts to Southern Illinois.”

Elvis, Bruce Springsteen, Heart, the Grateful Dead, Foreigner, Kiss, Aerosmith, the Blue Man Group and countless other legends have all performed on the SIU campus.

Canadian rapper and singer Drake’s first live solo performance took place at SIU, and Peter Gabriel recorded part of his “Plays Live” album here as well. The Ice Cube concert continues that illustrious history.

SIU Presents has big future plans

“We want people to think of SIU as the place to go not only for a tremendous education but also as a place where they have positive experiences and make lasting memories,” Montemagno added. “We’re also confident these efforts will benefit the city of Carbondale and the region through tourism revenue.”

He said that the university is relying on community and student support, as well as ticket sales from across the region to make this and other events a success.

Bringing popular entertainment to campus is the goal of SIU Presents, a new campus initiative dedicated to booking, coordinating, promoting and seeking sponsorships for the Ice Cube concert and other popular entertainment. The Ice Cube concert was suggested by a number of students in an informal survey.

Straight Outta Compton to SIU Arena

Ice Cube, whose real name is O’Shea Jackson Sr., rose to fame with the hip-hop groups C.I.A. and N.W.A., but his rap and songwriting abilities led to a successful solo career with millions of albums sold.

Credited by many as one of the founders of the “gangsta rap” genre, he’s also starred in numerous films, including the critically acclaimed “Boyz n the Hood” and “Straight Outta Compton.” He has appeared with Elmo on PBS’s “Sesame Street” and launched the television series “Are We There Yet?”

He’s a successful entrepreneur as well, with a clothing line, a record label and other ventures.

Recent renovations and new alcohol policy allow for big events

The storied SIU Arena was completely renovated in 2010-2011 and the result is a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility that is both home to SIU Athletics sporting events and the perfect location for big-name concerts and performances, officials said.

The SIU Board of Trustees adopted a new alcohol liquor management policy for the university in April 2017 that permits the sale of alcoholic beverages to people who are of legal age at public campus events.

Watch for future plans

Watch for future SIU Presents events announcements by liking the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SIUPresents/) or joining the email list (http://pacmail.em.marketinghq.net/content/2008000289/Modify/SIU_SignUp.html).

SIU Presents will be seeking input to assure that future bookings include the acts students and public want to see. In addition, the organization will be working with community supporters and sponsors to assure the events are financially successful.

Arthur Agency, a Carbondale advertising and marketing firm, developed the SIU Presents branding a no cost to the university.

The agency, along with River Radio, “The Southern Illinoisan” and WSIL-TV3, are already partners with the university‘s SIU Presents Arts and Entertainment Program. The city of Carbondale and Carbondale Tourism are also supportive of this new SIU initiative.

Information about sponsorship opportunities and media partnerships for Ice Cube and future events is available by emailing Ashley Wright, who is coordinating SIU Presents, at siupresents@siu.edu.

Senator Paul Schimpf: Week in review

Legionella Outbreak and Response

The Joint Senate and House Veterans’ Affairs committee held their fourth hearing about the Legionella outbreak and response happening at the Illinois Veterans’ Home at Quincy on Monday, March 5, in Chicago.

The senators and representatives heard testimony from the department heads of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Capital Development Board.

At the conclusion of the hearing, Senator Schimpf announced, “I’m grateful to Director Nirav Shah, Director Erica Jeffries, and Acting Director Amy Romano for providing answers again today about the Illinois Veterans’ Home at Quincy. For the most part, today’s hearing focused on finding solutions, rather than scoring political points. I’m encouraged by the announcement that the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs will provide a plan for dealing with the Legionella threat to the General Assembly by March 31, 2018.”

In addition to assessing structural renovations, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs is also open to building and constructing new facilities at the site. Governor Bruce Rauner’s Administration will present a plan for the facility by March 31.

Pinckneyville Chamber of Commerce

Sen. Schimpf spoke to a meeting of the Pinckneyville Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, March 6. His remarks focused on the status of SJR54, the Southwest Illinois Connector Task Force bill.

Under the bill, a task force would assess the feasibility of the construction of a four-lane highway connecting Carbondale to the Metro East. At present the bill is still in Assignments Committee and the senator does not anticipate any further legislative action on it until after the primary election on March 20.

Illinois Association of School Administrators

Also on Tuesday, Sen. Schimpf attended the Illinois Association of School Administrators breakfast at John A. Logan College in Carterville.

After making brief remarks about Gov. Rauner’s budget proposal, Sen. Schimpf stayed to listen to a discussion of the teacher shortage and difficulties associated with mandates from the State of Illinois.

“I always learn a lot from listening to education professionals,” said Schimpf.  “Chicago policies and solutions seldom make things easier for our teachers and administrators in southern Illinois.”

Teacher of the Year

The Illinois State Board of Education is highlighting the importance of our teachers by calling on individuals to nominate an outstanding teacher in their life for the Those Who Excel/Illinois Teacher of the Year award.

The program publicly recognizes and honors individuals who have made significant contributions to our state’s public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools. Anyone can nominate a candidate for an award.

Review the application for the 2018-2019 Those Who Excel program for more information. Applications are due by Monday, June 4.

Senior Fairs on the Horizon

Mark your calendar, Sen. Schimpf will be holding three senior fairs in his district this summer.

  • July 25, from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Carbondale Civic Center in Carbondale
  • 1, from 9-11 a.m. at Red Bud High School in Red Bud
  • 8, from 9-11 a.m. at the Roland Burris Center in Mt. Vernon

The fairs will offer free health screenings, informational legislative brochures, and refreshments.

Visit senatorschimpf.com for more news and views from the State House and Senate District 58.

Franklin County Sheriffs Office Arrest Report

BENTON –  Franklin County Sheriff Donald R. Jones has reported the following incidents/arrests:

The Public is reminded the alleged are presumed innocent, until proven guilty in a court of law.
2-25-18 at 5:39 pm Deputies responded to a domestic dispute in Logan. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Jimmy D. Hosick age 62 of Logan for domestic battery.
3-2-18 at 11:22 pm Deputies responded to a single vehicle traffic crash on Winery Road and Country Club Road. A 2003 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Harry T. Melvin age 16 of West Frankfort was traveling south bound on Winery Road and failed to stop at the intersection with Country Club Road. The Blazer impacted a ditch and then a fence on Country Club property. There were no injuries and the driver was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid a traffic crash.
3-5-18 at 12:00 pm Deputies arrested Jared C. Laroe age 34 of Sesser for violating the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act.
3-6-18 at 8:35 am Deputies responded to Zeigler-Royalton grade school in response to an alleged threat of violence toward students by a male student. The investigation resulted in the arrest of a 12 year old male for disorderly conduct. The juvenile was not detained. He was released to his family’s custody.
3-7-18 at 12:08 pm a traffic stop in Benton resulted in the arrest of Garrett H. Beasley age 38 of Royalton for driving while license suspended.
3-8-18 at 2:00 pm a traffic stop in Benton resulted in the arrest of Harli R. Rhine age 25 of Ewing for driving while license suspended.
3-8-18 at 4:00 pm Deputies arrested John A. Sutton age 29 of Coello. This arrest is the result of the investigation of an incident that was reported by the Village of Coello on February 23rd, 2018 in which a water meter had been damaged and the theft of 27,900 gallons of water had occurred. Sutton is in the Franklin County Jail charged with criminal damage to government supported property and unlawful interference with a public utility.
3-8-18 at 4:35 pm Deputies arrested Kristian S. Johnson age 24 of Christopher as the result of an incident that occurred in Benton. She has been charged with criminal trespass to a residence with people present, obstructing justice and a warrant for failure to appear on traffic charges.
3-8-18 at 8:30 pm Deputies responded to a domestic dispute in rural Valier. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Kolytn W. Irvin age 28 of Benton for unlawful violation of an order of protection.
2-23-18 Samuel L. Sweet age 24 of Thompsonville. Failure to appear on no valid F.O.I.D. card.
2-24-18 Makenzie L. Gibson age 21 of Dixon. Failure to appear for unlawful consumption of alcohol.
2-26-18 Leroy W. Hasenjaeger age 39 of West Frankfort. Unlawful violation of an order of protection.
2-27-18 Jacob A. Pfeiler age 33 of Benton. Failure to appear on methamphetamine related charges.
2-27-18 Joshua R. Parker age 28 of Zeigler. Failure to appear for burglary.
2-28-18 Marcella L. Akin age 39 of Benton. Violation of probation.
3-1-18 Joshua K. Cook age 40 of Christopher. Failure to appear for criminal damage to property.
3-1-18 Gabrielle L. Williams age 29 of West Frankfort. Failure to appear on traffic charges.
3-4-18 Nicole M. Thorpe age 33 of Christopher. Failure to appear for disorderly conduct.
3-6-18 Milburn A. King age 56 of Benton. Failure to appear on D.U.I.
3-6-18 Jessica L. Davies age 34 of Benton. Failure to appear on D.U.I.
3-7-18 Steven R. Rutland age 53 of West Frankfort. Deceptive practice.
3-8-18 Kristian S. Johnson age 24 of Christopher. Failure to appear on traffic charges.
3-9-18 Brittany N. Mann age 27 of Benton. Obstructing a Peace Officer.

Multi-State Salmonella Linked to Kratom Supplements including Williamson County

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and other state and local health departments, is investigating a multi-state cluster of Salmonella associated with kratom.  One case linked to the outbreak has been identified in Illinois.

To date, 40 other cases have been reported in 28 states with 14 hospitalizations and no deaths. The Illinois resident reported consuming kratom before illness onset and purchased the kratom at a smoke shop in Williamson County.

Kratom is a plant native to Southeast Asia that is consumed for its stimulant effects and as an opioid substitute. It is also known as Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketom, and Biak. No common brands or suppliers of kratom products have been identified at this time. Accordingly, the CDC is recommending against consuming kratom in any form because it could be contaminated with Salmonella and cause illness.

Symptoms of Salmonella may include headache, muscle aches, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, chills, fever, nausea, and dehydration.  Symptoms usually appear 6 to 72 hours after ingesting the bacteria, but can be longer.  Person-to-person transmission of Salmonella can occur if an infected person’s feces, from his or her unwashed hands, contaminates food during preparation, or comes into direct contact with another person.

Most illnesses resolve on their own and do not require treatment other than drinking fluids to stay hydrated.  If your symptoms persist or are severe, promptly contact your health care provider.

Governor’s Children’s Cabinet adopts new initiatives

From Governor Rauner’s social media pages.

CHICAGO — During a meeting today at Rush University Medical Center, the Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Youth selected new priority initiatives for the upcoming year. Over the past few months, agency representatives have collaborated to craft thoughtful proposals on issues affecting youth in Illinois.

The Cabinet decided to move forward with four projects:

• Childcare Subsidies and Self-Sufficiency: link Childcare Assistance Program data to wage and employment information to better understand CCAP effects on family self-sufficiency.
• Dually Involved Multi-System Collaboration: create a cohesive strategy for improving outcomes for children simultaneously  involved with the child welfare and the criminal justice systems.
• Statewide Community-Based Mentoring Network: enhance agency collaboration to ensure that the most-at-risk youth in Illinois can access strong mentors.
• College & Career Readiness through Transitional Math and Alternative High School Equivalency (HSE) Credentials: collaboratively develop transitional programs to facilitate post-secondary degrees and credentials.

“Each of these projects provides an opportunity to improve cradle-to-career pathways for Illinois children,” said Gov. Rauner. “It is essential to the future viability of our state that our children arrive at adulthood healthy, safe, well-educated and self-sufficient. These initiatives will encourage strategic partnership between state agencies to address the obstacles facing youth in Illinois.”

“Strengthening families in Illinois through data-informed policy lies at the heart of IDHS initiatives,” said Department of Human Services Secretary James Dimas. “This year we will collaborate with the Illinois Department of Employment Services to understand the effects of the Childcare Assistance Program (CCAP) on transitioning families to self-sufficiency.”

“The long-term returns are tremendous in lives and dollars saved,” said Department of Child and Family Services Director Beverly Walker. “Youth disengagement occurs when we focus on the individual as the problem, rather than on the structures, processes or settings in which young people interact and spend time. We have to begin by listening to their voices and asking them to help us construct the system that they need, rather than the system that we have.”

“I’m really excited that the Children’s Cabinet selected the statewide mentoring program,” said Heidi Mueller, director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. “DJJ is eager to partner with our sister agencies to begin work on this important issue. We know that the presence of just one caring, reliable adult in a child’s life has a huge impact on their success in school, their ability to become self-sufficient adults, and their risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of violence. Mentoring is an evidence based strategy that even resource-starved communities can access.”

Regarding the selection of the college and career readiness project,  Illinois Community College Board Director Karen Hunter Anderson said, “Most jobs today require postsecondary education. Illinois cannot afford to let students lag behind.  We need to prepare tomorrow’s workforce today.”

The Cabinet also discussed progress made on its initial projects: workforce readiness through apprenticeship and pathways, early childhood workforce development, and decreasing the childhood lead burden.  Work will continue on these projects as they move into their next phases.

Gov. Rauner established the Cabinet on Children and Youth on February 18th, 2016 to create a more collaborative statewide system focused on improving outcomes for children and youth. The Cabinet adopted 42 Key Performance Indicators in September 2017, with the vision of ensuring that all children and youth in Illinois are healthy, safe, well-educated and self-sufficient by age 25.

More information about the Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Youth can be found at https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/children/Pages/default.aspx.

Video of the meeting will be posted here.


By Marcia Raubach 

2017 Princess Flame Lexie Tourville

WEST FRANKFORT – Applications are being accepted for all 2018 Old King Coal festival Princess Flame Pageants.

Princess Flame Scholarship Pageant contestants must be between 17-24 years old as of April 1, 2018. Each contestant will be judged based on swimsuit, evening gown, interview and on-stage question. The 2018 Princess Flame will receive a $2,500 scholarship, flowers, crown, sash and trophy. The 1st runner up will receive a $1,000 scholarship, 2nd runner up will receive a $500 scholarship.

Other pageant categories are: Pre-Teen Princess Flame ages 8-12 and Teen Princess Flame ages 13-16 years old. Each contestant will compete in interview, casual wear, formal wear and on-stage question. Each winner will receive a tiara, sash and trophy.

Pageants are open to all Southern Illinois girls and will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 beginning at 7PM at the West Frankfort Community High School auditorium in West Frankfort. There is a $110 entry fee for Princess Flame and $60 entry fee for all other age groups if application is received by the March 20, 2018 deadline. All entries received after the deadline will require a $175 late registration fee for Princes Flame and $80 late registration fee for all other categories. All late applications must be post marked on or before March 31, 2018.

For applications for the Princess Flame Scholarship pageant and a complete lineup of all the events happening during the 2018 Old King Coal Festival go to www.oldkingcoalfestival.org.

Agenda for the Rend Lake College Board of Trustee’s meeting


March 13, 2018, 6:30 PM

Rend Lake College

468 N Ken Gray Parkway

Ina, IL 62846


I. Call to Order

II. Roll Call

III. General Information

A. Announcements

1. Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Transition Summit Rend Lake College, Ina Campus

2. Tuesday, March 20, 2018; 5:15pm Campus Wide Advisory Council Meetings James “Hummer” Waugh Gymnasium

3. Thursday – Friday, March 22 – 23, 2018 Kickstart Your Journey RLC Campus

4. Wednesday, March 28, 2018; 5:30pm Southeast Region Trustees Meeting Rend Lake College

5. April 5-7 @ 7pm nightly, April 8 @ 2pm Spring Musical: The Addams Family Rend Lake College Theatre

6. Thursday – Monday, April 5 – 9, 2018 HLC 2018 Annual Conference Hyatt Regency Chicago

7. Thursday, April 12, 2018; 3:00 – 6:00 pm Job Search Party Mt. Vernon Hotel and Event Center

8. Thursday, April 12, 2018 6:00pm Doors Open / 7:00pm Trivia Begins Trivia Night The REC

9. Thursday, April 19, 2018; 2:00pm Phi Theta Kappa Induction Rend Lake College Theatre

10. Thursday, April 19, 2018; 5:00pm Lake Reception King City Books, Mt. Vernon

11. Thursday, April 26, 2018 Children’s Health Fair The REC

12. Thursday-Friday, April 26-27, 2018;10a &1p Flummoxed Fairytales Rend Lake College Theatre

13. Sunday, April 29, 2018; 3:00pm Music Showcase Rend Lake College Theatre

14. Thursday, May 3, 2018; 7:00pm Spring Concert Rend Lake College Theatre

15. Tuesday, May 8, 2018; 3:00 – 5:00pm Annual Board/Faculty/Staff Awards Rend Lake College Theater

16. Thursday, May 10, 2018; 1:00pm RAD Tech Pinning Ceremony Private Dining Room

17. Thursday, May 10, 2018; 7:00pm ADN Pinning Ceremony James “Hummer” Waugh Gymnasium

18. Saturday, May 12, 2018 10:00am and 1:00pm Rend Lake College Commencement James “Hummer” Waugh Gymnasium

B. Student Trustee Election Report – TO BE PROVIDED

IV. Closed Session – The Board may go into closed session pursuant to Section 2(c)(1)(2)(11)(21) of the Open Meetings Act.

Subsection (1) appointment, employment, and compensation of specific employees; (2) collective negotiating matters; (11) litigation; (21) approval of meeting minutes.

V. Resume Open Meeting

VI. Approval of Consent Agenda

VII. Approval of Minutes of the: 02 * February 13, 2018 Board of Trustees Meeting;* * February 13, 2018 Board of Trustees Executive Session*

VIII. New Business

13 * A. Approval of Revisions to Rend Lake College Board Policy & Procedure 2.1510 – Social Media (Second Reading)

15 * B. Course / Curriculum Approvals

21 * C. Approval of Revisions to Job Descriptions

24 D. Approval of Revisions to Rend Lake College Board Policy & Procedure 4.1210 – Alcohol and Drug Policy (First Reading) and Authorize Signature to Agreement with First Advantage

E. Acceptance of Bids to Replace Administration Roof, and Various Gutter Replacements Across Campus (TO BE PROVIDED)

30 F. Approval of Program Articulation Agreement Between Rend Lake College, District #521 and Southern Illinois University Carbondale, College of Applied Sciences and Arts, School of Allied Health

40 G. Ratify the Approval of a Memorandum of Understanding between Indiana Wesleyan University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program (RNBSN) and Rend Lake College, District #521

46 H. Ratify the Approval of a Memorandum of Understanding between Rend Lake College, District #521 and McKendree University Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing

IX. Personnel

54 * A. Approval of Renewal of President’s Contract (Second Reading)

69 B. Ratify the Acceptance of Resignation of Health Information Technology Program Director

72 C. Ratify Transfer from Report Writer to Coordinator of Data Information Systems and Revise Job Description

74 D. Create the Position and Job Description, and Advertise for HSSSC / Information Technology Help Desk Support Technician

76 E. Create the Position and Job Description, and Advertise for Student Success Coordinator

79 F. Appointment of Police Officer

G. Appointment of Police Officer (TO BE PROVIDED)

X. Financial Information 82 A. Ratification of the Payment of College Expenses including Travel Expense Reimbursements


XI. Reports

1. Academic Council

2. ICCTA Representative

3. Rend Lake College Foundation

4. Accreditation Report

XII. Public Comment

XIII. President’s Comments

XIV. Adjournment

Decatur man arrested by Benton PD on meth charges after accident investigation

BENTON – The public is reminded the alleged is presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

On March 9th, 2018 Benton Police were dispatched to the 100 block of Joplin Street in reference to a traffic crash.  Upon investigating, police arrested Ryan Cornell, age 20, of Decatur, IL for driving while license suspended. Police also arrested Madison M. Scurlock, age 20, of Decatur, IL for unlawful possession of methamphetamine subsequent to a vehicle search after Benton Police K9 “Ranger” alerted to the odor of illegal narcotics in the car.  Both Cornell and Scurlock were transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.

WSIL – TV’s transmitter is down

CARTERVILLE –  Channel 3 has reported their transmitter is down.

This affects over the air, and all subscribers with the exception of Dish Network and Mediacom.

I know it is Grey’s Anatomy night.  You can pick up ABC programming on http://abc.go.com/

The station apologizes for any inconvenience, and will be back on the air shortly.

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