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SIU-Carbondale narrows chancellor search to 7 semifinalists

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:16:32 GMT

SIU System President Randy Dunn told the SIU Board of Trustees at their meeting this past week that a first round of interviews will be conducted via online video for off-campus applicants by the end of the month. The Southern Illinoisan reports that Dunn told trustees after the online video interviews the search committee will bring their top three picks to campus.




ICE arrests man who escaped Illinois prison in 2003

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:07:07 GMT

Four Iowa wrestlers from the Quad Cities Area are now state champions. In 3A at 220 lb., defending state champion CHICAGO - A man who escaped from an Illinois prison in 2003 has been arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Atlanta.




Twins ongoing search for bullpen help might come up empty

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:50:40 GMT

The Twins had expressed interest in righthander Joe Blanton, but indications are that he wants around $5 million to pitch this year. That also means he would want a roster spot.




Whicker: John Jackson, who died Thursday at 81, coached football at USC

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 03:58:14 GMT

Then USC assistant coach John Jackson, left, talks to Trojans fullback Lynn Cain. 'He didn't just teach you how to run,' Cain said about Jackson.




Man arrested in fatal Valentine's Day shooting streamed on Facebook

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:49:51 GMT

A man has been charged in a Chicago shooting captured on video that killed two people, including a toddler, and wounded a pregnant woman, police said Saturday. Devon Swan, 26, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting that killed 2-year-old Lavontay White and Lavontay's uncle, 26-year-old Lazaric Collins.




Maine utility regulators to consider $1.5B FairPoint sale

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 19:43:43 GMT

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Harrisburg woman pleads guilty to bankruptcy fraud

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:26:34 GMT

Part of the US Attorney's Office's crackdown on Bankruptcy Fraud in Southern Illinois has led a Harrisburg woman to plead guilty to that crime. 51 year old Rietta Miller was charged with concealing assets in her bankruptcy case.




Wheaton woman wins $250,000 in lottery

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:00:51 GMT

Sandy McDuffee won $250,000 in the Illinois Lottery after scratching a winning Crossword ticket. According to a news release from the Illinois Lottery, she plans to buy a house with her winnings.




Bustos, delegation demand Rauner pay domestic violence money

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:01:14 GMT

February 17 - Illinois' 11 Democratic congressmen have signed a letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner demanding that he restore funding to domestic violence shelters. It sprung from an Associated Press report that domestic-violence program funding was omitted from a temporary budget last summer.




Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce Attributes Stores Closing to Increase in E-Commerce

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 02:54:42 GMT

WAND News reported early this week that MC Sports is filing for bankruptcy and will begin liquidating stores, including the store at Hickory Point Mall. According to the Greater Decatur Area Chamber of Commerce's President, Mirinda Rothrock, more people are shopping on websites like Amazon instead of physically shopping.




Army formally ends study of disputed pipeline crossing

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:29:48 GMT

The Army on Friday formally ended further environmental study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline's disputed crossing beneath a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota. Meanwhile, its Corps of Engineers branch continued efforts to accelerate cleanup at a protest camp near the drilling site that's threatened by spring flooding.




Fremd bands perform at Illinois Music Education Conference

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:58:15 GMT

Students in Fremd High School's band program were selected to perform at the Illinois Music Educators Association's Illinois Music Education Conference and recently achieved success at the Northshore Jazz Festival. The Jazz Ensemble and Symphony Strings Orchestra performed at a conference in Peoria.




Illinois attorney general to appeal denial of request to halt worker pay

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:28:06 GMT

In this Aug. 21, 2014, file photo, Illinois Attorney Gen. Lisa Madigan speaks at a news conference in Chicago.




Bill requiring public universities to admit top 10 percent advances in Illinois House

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:09:06 GMT

An Illinois House committee has cleared a proposal that would require public universities to admit first-time freshman applicants who finish with a GPA in the top 10 percent of their high school's graduating class. The House Higher Education Committee passed the bill Wednesday despite opposition from the University of Illinois and the Illinois Board of Higher Education, The News-Gazette reported.




Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner encourages 'grand bargain' with stronger reforms

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:58:53 GMT

Gov. Bruce Rauner used his annual budget address Feb. 15 to encourage state lawmakers to reach a "grand bargain" budget deal, but said reforms that would accompany proposed tax increases need to be significant before he would sign it. Rauner thanked the Senate for continuing to work on a budget deal that would end an almost 2-year-old budget stalemate.




Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois to host Cook County vital records program

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:46:10 GMT

On Sunday, March 19, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will present "Making the Most of the County Clerk's Genealogy Resources." Angela Wright Madison, manager of the Bureau of Vital Records in the Office of Cook County Clerk David Orr, will describe the bureau's family history research tools at the Sunday, March 19, meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois.




Legislators seek budget solution from Rauner's address

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 03:46:23 GMT

February 15 - Governor Bruce Rauner will deliver his budget address today and local legislators hope he offers a solution to the long budget impasse. The state has been without a budget for 19 months.