Flooding Producing Another Problem – More Mosquitos

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will host a mandatory vendor conference on Thurs., June 27. The conference is for vendors interested in submitting bids for reconstruction and facilities operations at the Wayne Fitzjerrell State Recreation Area near Whittington. IDNR staff will be on hand to answer questions regarding the agency’s recently issued…

First Gubernatorial Debate to be Held Tonight

Springfield – The first debate of the Illinois Governor’s Race is set for tonight, with Governor Bruce Rauner set to meet his democrat challenger JB Pritzker on stage. Rauner is trying for a second chance after a tumultuous first term. Rauner recently promised to be more flexible if given the opportunity. His major opposition comes…

Representative Mike Bost Picks Up Police Endorsement

Murphysboro – With political races picking up at both the local and state levels, groups across the state are starting to make their endorsements, with Representative Mike Bost picking up the most recent one. Yesterday the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police announced their endorsement for Representative Bost. In a press release, FOP State Lodge President…

“Drug Llama” Facing Time After Opioids Find Their Way Into Southern Illinois

Fairview Heights (AP) – A California woman who calls herself the “Drug Llama” could be in for an extended stay in Illinois. According to a story from the Associated Press, 31-year-old Melissa Scanlan will stand trial in Illinois on federal charges. Scanlan is accused in a conspiracy that included shipment of more than 50,000 fentanyl…

Court Upholds Dismissal of Lawsuit Against Abortion Funding

Springfield (AP) – An Illinois appellate court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed to stop a law that’ll expand Medicaid and state-employee group health insurance to cover abortions. A three-judge panel of the Fourth District Appellate Court ruled unanimously that a Sangamon County judge correctly dismissed the lawsuit filed by anti-abortion groups. The…

Illinois Employers More Open to Hiring People With Felonies

(AP) Opportunities long closed to Illinois residents with criminal records are beginning to open as employers seek new sources of talent and lawmakers bet that gainful employment will reduce recidivism. Illinois lawmakers have changed licensing laws to make at least 100 occupations more accessible to people with a criminal background. The state has also expanded…

University of Illinois Panel Suggests Adopting New Mascot

(AP) A University of Illinois report suggests that the school consider adopting a new sports mascot to help quell ongoing turmoil over the 2007 decision to do away with its longtime Chief Illiniwek portrayal. The report by a group of university administrators released Thursday also proposes greater campus education about Native American history and imagery,…

US Appeals Court Upholds Illinois Campaign Finance Limits

(AP) A Federal Appeals Court has upheld Illinois’ campaign contribution limits. The 7th Circuit US Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the time limits set in a 2009 law do not violate First Amendment free-speech rights. Illinois Liberty PAC filed a lawsuit in 2012. It challenged the campaign-finance limits imposed following scandals involving now-imprisoned former…

Three Local Colleges Get State Funding For Maintenance Projects

Three local community colleges are set to receive state funding for on campus projects. A press release from the office of Senator Dale Fowler announced approximately $150 million dollars in funding that will be allocated to Southeastern Illinois College, John A. Logan College and Shawnee Community College for the 2019 fiscal year to be put…

Southern Illinois University Helps Get the Word Out on New Smoke Detector Law

Southern Illinois University is teaming with local fire professionals to help get the word out about the state’s new 10-year smoke detector law. The announcement was made from the SIU student center yesterday afternoon to get the word out in southern Illinois about the change. In 2017, there were 114 residential fire deaths in Illinois…

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