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Monday, February 20, 2017
Democrats, who haven’t passed balanced budget, accuse Rauner of unbalanced budget plan
Fredbird visits stores in Perryville, Chester, Ste. Gen
Illinois ranked among least happy states
Illinois single-family home construction ten times lower than neighbors
Judge denies AG Madigan’s request to block state workers’ pay
Senator Schimpf’s Senate Week in Review

Friday, February 17, 2017
Chester man arrested on drug charges Wednesday
East St. Louis woman sentenced after passing altered check at Roziers
Ellis Grove man sentenced to federal prison
Percy woman sentenced on theft charge

Thursday, February 16, 2017
AARP opposes proposed new tax on retirement income
Costello Continues Call for Full Budget for Southern Illinois
CUSD #139 School Board meets tonight
Ellis Grove man sentenced to probation on drug charge
Illinois is seeing much less snow than it usually does
Jackson, MO man injured in single vehicle accident this morning north of Ellis Grove
Lawmaker: No revenue estimate, no budget
Randolph County Telecommunicators attend MABAS training conference
Rauner emphasizes economic reform in third annual budget address
Sparta man to be sentenced next month in Randolph County

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
AARP Calling on Congress to Protect Medicare
Chester woman sentenced after pleading guilty to battery charge
Evansville boy injured after being striking a vehicle
Modoc man injured in single vehicle crash
New Illinois Hunting and Trapping Season for Bobcats a Success
Prairie du Rocher man sentenced to prison on theft charge
Rauner, Lawmakers Move to Protect Taxpayers from Inmate Legal Bills
Sheriff’s Department receiving reports of a scam

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Proposed constitutional amendment would remove legislative leaders if there’s no budget
Questions still loom over auditor general
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s weekly arrest report

Monday, February 13, 2017
Area firemen called to rabbit business in Bremen Friday
Chester Firemen respond to back-to-back calls Sunday afternoon
Ives: "Zombie Preparedness Month" distracts from real Illinois disaster
Report: Illinoisans experiencing second-worst income growth in the nation
SIU trustees decide to hike tuition despite dropping enrollment numbers
State: Still Time, Need to Get a Flu Shot
Two vehicle accident south of Sparta claims one life

Friday, February 10, 2017
2017 CHS Cheer Camp is well-attended and most successful
GOP senators stand against ‘unripe’ package
Lawmaker wants budget talks to start at spending restraint, not new taxes
New bill would require red light camera revenue to go toward fixing roads
Rauner vows veto of bill he says will lead to a massive tax hike

Thursday, February 9, 2017
Costello Announces Chairmanship of Agriculture and Conservation Committee
Pension reform tied to "grand bargain" fails, package remains "under construction"
Rauner hopeful on DeVos, but not waiting on Illinois schools
State report: Illinois’ highest-paying employment sectors shrinking

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
De Soto man sent to federal prison on drug charge
Local students graduate from CMU
One of two Casey’s stores in Chester closing later this month
State house conflicted on senate’s ‘grand bargain’

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Analyst: Sympathy for strikers may be hard to come by
Gender ID Bill Before Illinois Lawmakers
Illinois agency warns of tax refund fraud
Local students receive SEMO scholarships
Missouri becomes right-to-work state, leaving Illinois surrounded
Study: Illinois has seventh-highest sales tax state in country

Monday, February 6, 2017
Chester City Council meets tonight
CHS Drama Department announces 2017 Spring Play
COGFA warns of revenue falling short of already ‘grim’ estimates
Credit agency downgrades Illinois for "unprecedented failure"
Illinois farm rents outpacing revenues
Illinois sees record-breaking wheat harvest in 2016
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s weekly arrest report

Friday, February 3, 2017
Competing proposals in state House could settle state employee pay dispute
IEMA Encourages People to Prepare for Earthquakes
Illinois school funding commission ends task with recommendations, no legislation
No injuries reported in two-vehicle crash Thursday morning
Rauner: Raising taxes not enough to fix state’s economic problems
Spring enrollment mirrors fall decline at SIUC

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Blechle, Martin and Parker awarded scholarships to attend SEMO
Call the Right Play for the Super Bowl
IDPH Faith-Based Million Hearts Initiative
Illinois Flu Numbers Up This Year
Labor expert: Taxpayers would be loser if union strikes
Medicinal marijuana faces challenges in Illinois from patient-related regulations
Percy Man arrested Tuesday after a series of events

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Costello Fighting For Worker and Business Friendly Illinois
IL 155 in Prairie du Rocher will be temporarily closed starting Monday
Percy man arrested after incident last Thursday

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Brady Hess named to President's List at Wentworth Military Academy and College
Illinois Chamber says ‘opportunity tax’ on businesses sends wrong message
Latest Illinois Crop Progress and Condition report
Technology becoming important component for snow removal process in Illinois
Two Sparta residents injured in early Saturday morning crash

Monday, January 30, 2017
Costello Welcomes Residents to Utilize District Office in Red Bud
Illinois’ ‘grand bargain’ gives lawmakers $38.5-billion spending cap
Rauner responds to mass pharmacy mistakes with state action
Secretary of State office pushes to allow ads on renewal notices
Unemployment Rates Fall in All Metro Areas

Friday, January 27, 2017
AG Madigan takes steps to end pay for state workers
Proposed budget bill includes more deficit spending
School funding task force to issue report, not legislation
State rep who didn’t vote for Madigan as Speaker says he’s being bullied
Williams found guilty to involuntary manslaughter

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Costello Reaffirms Commitment to Families, Businesses in State of the State Response
Hunters in Illinois Harvested a Preliminary Total of 144,150 Deer
Illinois not among coal states suing to keep mines open
Ohio resident injured in traffic crash last week in Randolph County
Rauner pushes for political reforms, continued negotiations and balanced budget
Responding to the State of the State Address, Democrats discuss plans to grow economy

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Clay Gilpin awarded scholarship to Southeast
Lawmakers introduce new tax ‘for the privilege of doing business in the state’
Local students honors at Missouri Baptist University
Mariah LaFore awarded scholarship to Southeast
Minutes from last week’s CUSD #139 School Board meeting released
Rauner to deliver his third State of the State Address
Red Bud woman named to CMU Dean's List
Senate bargain includes permanent tax hikes, temporary tax freezes

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Chester PD’s K9 Sabo received protective vest from non-profit organization
Illinois school choice advocates emboldened by new administration
It’s Not Too Late to get a Flu Shot
Marissa man sentenced in US District court on drug charges
Murder trial against London Williams began this morning

Monday, January 23, 2017
Business leaders say minor reforms aren’t worth large tax hikes
Chester PD announces four drug-related arrests
Illinois Celebrates Bicentennial Without Passing the Bill to Taxpayers
Illinois faces uncertain future in light of Obamacare repeal
Illinois Farmers cautiously optimistic about new presidential administration
Illinois struggles to find enough subs due to burdensome regulations
Randolph County Sheriff Department’s weekly arrest report

Friday, January 20, 2017
Education funding tax force intent on keeping narrow focus
Rauner’s office: Brewing budget bargain unbalanced by billions
Red Bud native enlists in the Illinois Army National Guard
Report Gives Framework for Offering Sanctuary from Deportation
Report: Illinois gets failing grade for forfeiture policies

Thursday, January 19, 2017
American Red Cross urges blood donations
CUSD #139 School Board meets tonight
Halie Schrader Makes the President's List at McKendree University
Illinois GOP congressmen ready to repeal "death tax"
Illinois Rep. heads charge against federal war on coal
McKendree University Fall 2016 Dean's List
Policy group: Dick Durbin has cost consumers billions every year
Rauner: More money for higher ed classrooms instead of ‘bureaucratic bloat’

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Baughman, Colvis and Doiron are Illinois State Scholars
Cutler man sentenced on battery charge
Red Bud man to be sentenced next month in Randolph County
Red Bud woman named to President’s List at Culver-Stockton
Sparta man named to Dean’s List at State Technical College of Missouri
Sparta man sentenced to probation on drug charge

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Coulterville woman sentenced to probation on theft charge
House GOP could consider leader term limits
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s weekly arrest report
Red Bud man sent to prison on theft charge

Monday, January 16, 2017
Chester man sentenced to probation on drug charge
Chester woman pleads guilty to drug charge
Death rate from opioid overdoses rising in Illinois
Former state senator: No love lost between Obama, Blagojevich
Light agenda waiting for Chester City Council Tuesday night
Rauner: Calling for strike authorization vote puts Illinoisans at risk
Steeleville man to be sentenced on sex charge

Friday, January 13, 2017
CGS names December Students of the Month
Illinois Sheriff’s Association to award college scholarships
Illinois Supreme Court hears hospital property tax case
Madigan elected as Speaker for 17th time, longest in American history
Patient at CMHC sent to prison on battery charge
Students awarded scholarships to attend Southeast
Study: Illinois House rules give its speaker more power than any other state
Tilden man sent to prison on sex charge

Thursday, January 12, 2017
2016 was busy year for Randolph County Sheriff’s Department
Chester man sent to prison on assault charge
Chester woman to be sentenced next month on battery charge
Labor expert: AFSCME’s attempts to run out clock on Rauner
Local students earn honors at Maryville University
New lawmakers sworn in, hopeful there’s movement to end budget impasse
Percy man sent to prison on drug charge

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Controversial tax credit elicits mixed responses from Illinois leadership, businesses
'Enough is Enough' Message Sent to Lawmakers
New law expands teaching opportunities in Illinois
November Students of the Month announced at Chester Grade School
Randolph Co Sheriff’s office investigating burglary in Evansville

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Illinois case could limit Facebook’s facial recognition technology
Property tax freeze faces opposition
Renting and owning tough in Illinois, study finds
Three people injured in Friday afternoon crash north of Chester

Monday, January 9, 2017
Moody’s: Illinois’ continued outbound migration a credit negative
Murder trial against Jason Stoker has been delayed
Proposed Legislation Seeks Tougher Sentencing on Repeat Gun Offenders
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s weekly arrest report
Replacing Obamacare set to be more difficult than repealing it
Rauner says he’s hopeful rumored deal will change broken system

Friday, January 6, 2017
Deal to break impasse could be in works, says state representative
Du Bois man injured in traffic crash in Perry County, IL this morning
Employer Withholding Tax Changes Increase Accuracy, Enhance Fraud Prevention Efforts
First step for the new legislature next week: Electing leaders
New year sees 200 new laws, out of more than 8,000 proposed
Seven Illinois Community Colleges to Receive $3 Million in Emergency Funds
Strong American dollar could affect Illinois farmers

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Area students are named to Dean’s List at Greenville
Character Education T-Shirt winners announced for December at CGS
Chester FD called to the 500 block of Buena Vista Street Wednesday morning
Even without state budget, Illinois spends big, but how much is elusive
Illinois set to lose one, maybe two seats in Congress
New union deal makes 19 total for governor, AFSCME still holding out
Randolph Co Sheriff’s Office purchased new patrol vehicle

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
GOP lawmaker: budget problem "isn’t rocket science"
Gun Sales Slow in Illinois since Trump's Election
Illinois vendors, but not drivers, will feel pinch of no state budget
Local governments saddled with pension debt need reform
More Character Awards announced at Chester Grade School
U of I Flash Index rises in December

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Light agenda waiting for Chester City Council tonight
New jobs program available for SNAP recipients
New law helps retired police dogs find homes
Perry County, MO Sheriff reports arrest of Red Bud man
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s weekly arrest report
State association employees not entitled to state pensions
State Board of Education uncertain of when schools can expect payments