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Friday, July 29, 2016
Area Students Receive Dean's List Recognition
Chester Police investigating counterfeit bills
Governor Rauner and Illinois Lottery Seek New Management Partner
Jobs Up in Eight Metros; Down in Six Areas

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Illinois’ delay in paying vendors is hurting the state’s economy
Illinois Looking for Better Deal in Coal Cleanup?
Murder suspect due back in court Friday
Rauner: We need term limits to change the culture in Springfield
Zeigler man arrested in Missouri Wednesday

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Drew Peterson to be sentenced Friday
Illinois Sanders Delegate Hopes for Party Unity at DNC
Pokémon Go raises safety concerns around Illinois
Prairie du Rocher woman injured in one vehicle crash Monday
Rauner pushes lawmakers to vote on term limits

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Chester High School registration dates set for August 1 through August 3
Chester Unit School District #139 School Board meets
Critical blood shortage: Red Cross urges blood, platelet donations
Illinois stolen valor law should have stiffer penalties, vet says
Independent Map Amendment brief due to Illinois Supreme Court this week
Inmate found dead in cell at Menard Correctional Center
Man facing 1,100 years in prison on sex crimes
Popeye Picnic parade is looking for parade entries
Rauner vetoes labor bills that would cost $1 billion
State takes first step in reigning in standardized tests
Weekly Crop Report

Monday, July 25, 2016
Former Tilden man to be sentenced on burglary charge
Governor Signs Legislation to Increase Transparency of School Testing
Illinois Delegate: Superdelegate System Fails Voters
Illinois uses federal money to pay teachers’ pensions
Marissa man arrested in Missouri Sunday night
No Pokemon Go access on Veteran Home’s grounds
Percy woman pleads guilty to amended drug charge
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s weekly arrest blotter
Roziers donate to Froggy and Friends
Volunteers needed for student move-in at SIU-C next month

Friday, July 22, 2016
Cutler resident to be sentenced on theft charge
Labor bills remain unsigned with deadline approaching
Lawsuit takes aim at Snapchat
Methodist Men make donation to CHS Music Department
New Data Shows Illinois Voters Favor State Workers in Contract Talks
Percy man pleads guilty to Class A Misdemeanor
Senator Luechtefeld’s Senate Week in Review
Sparta man pleads guilty to felony charge
Sparta woman pleads guilty to misdemeanor charge
Teacher test gets low marks
Unemployment rate decreases but jobs lost last month in Illinois

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Chester’s IDHS office opened to public as cooling center
Domestic dispute call leads to multiple arrests in Tilden
Governor Signs Legislation Expanding Coverage for Breast Cancer Screenings
IDoA releases Hot Tips to aid older adults during hot weather
IDOT warning Extreme Heat Could Lead to Pavement Failures
Illinois Republican slowly warms to Trump
Munger Unveils OpenBook Portal to Help Taxpayers Follow the Money
Oil tanks catch fire after being struck by lightning near Marissa
Redistricting reform campaign suffers legal setback, vows appeal
Retired Teachers Association to meet August 9
Sparta man to be sentenced in October on drug charge
Sparta woman to be sentenced on sexual abuse charge in September
State workers’ jobs would still have job protections if they cross a picket line
Steeleville man pleads guilty to meth charge
University presidents’ pay subject of new report
Walsh native named community forester to southeast region for MO. Dept of Conservation

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Bar-S Foods recalls over 372,000 pounds of hot dog and corn dog products
Charges dismissed against three St. Louis residents
Chester man sentenced to county jail
Chester School Board meets Thursday night
Governor Rauner Signs Molly’s Law
Judge expected to rule this week in map amendment case
Percy man sent to prison on obstructing charge
Red Cross Issues Tips to Stay Safe When Temps Soar
Switch to SAT will alleviate federal concerns
Travel Tips When Visiting Countries with Zika Virus

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Businesses use Pokemon Go to catch customers
Campbell Hill man killed in single vehicle crash
Carbondale man injured in single vehicle crash south of Chester
Chester City Council honors Kyle Landon
Illinois Agencies Announce Coordinated Mosquito Reduction Strategy
Illinois Delegates, Protesters and the RNC
Licensing measure would help give former offenders a new start
Red Bud man killed in Monday evening crash
Weekly Crop Report

Monday, July 18, 2016
Gorham man sent to prison on aggravated criminal sexual assault charge
House fire last week on State Street been ruled intentionally set
Illinois Farmers Urged to Participate In USDA-NASS Survey
Kyle Landon to be honored during tonight’s Chester City Council meeting
NWS issues heat advisory for entire work week
Push to Make Illinois Smart Meter Data Available to Consumers
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s Weekly Arrest Report
Rauner Signs Legislation to Expand Driver’s License Designation for Veterans
Treasurer Frerichs Announces Live Unclaimed Property Auction at the Illinois State Fair

Friday, July 15, 2016
Attorney General Madigan Announces Additional $3 Million Herbalife Settlement
Disability Voter Registration Week: Making Illinois Polling Places Accessible
Independent Map Coalition makes notable TV ad buy
Local students graduate from Central Methodist University
Opinion: Illinoisans suffer, politicians get paid
Red Bud woman sentenced to six years for DUI deaths of two women
Several drug-related arrests announced by Chester Police Department
Unpaid Bill Backlog to Exceed $10 Billion by Year End

Thursday, July 14, 2016
Durbin: We Need a Forceful Response to the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic
Illinois complying with Real ID Act
Longer living leading to pension underfunding for Illinois cities
Powerful wind storm leaves behind damage
Rauner moves to help disadvantaged businesses

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Rauner tasks commission with sorting out school funding
Record-Setting $155 Million in returns through I-Cash Program
Should Blagojevich serve out his sentence?
State Reminding Jobseekers to Register for Employment Service
Two Red Bud residents named to Dean’s List at Millikin University
Will Gov. Rauner Sign Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Benefit planned for family of T.J. Michael this Saturday in Chester
Chester woman inducted into Chester Lions
College Illinois in danger of running out of money
Congressman Bost reps to be at Chester City Hall Thursday
Seven Illinois colleges have credit ratings downgraded
State fair vendors finally getting paid
Weekly Crop Report

Monday, July 11, 2016
Chester firemen called out early this morning
Chester woman sentenced on drug charge
Former St. John Lutheran Principal Ralph Granger dead at 82
Illinois MAP Grants: Last Year Covered, But What About Fall?
Landon secures silver in high jump at Olympic Trials
Local care facility cited by IDPH; case dismissed
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s weekly arrest report
Senator Luechtefeld’s Senate Week in Review
Tilden woman pleads guilty to drug charge

Friday, July 8, 2016
4-H Bright Futures Award Winner Hadley Ehlers of Campbell Hill
Chester Clinic to offer free sports physicals on Saturday, July 16
Chester Public Library wants photos of the Chester Bridge
Costello Visits Five Star Industries in Du Quoin
Evansville man sentenced on meth charge
Illinois Sheriff’s Association warning residents about telemarketing campaign
Percy man sentenced on misdemeanor drug charge
Tilden woman sentenced for lying to sheriff's deputies

Thursday, July 7, 2016
Marissa man sent to prison on DUI charge
New transparency law already having impact
Rauner says expediting labor dispute could save taxpayers millions
Sparta man sent to prison on drug charge
Sparta man to be sentenced on sexual assault charges this month
Study explores bullying, prevention in area schools

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Annual Kaskaskia Island Patriotic Ceremony is huge success
Chester woman sentenced to court supervision
Former Chester man sent to prison for stealing scooter
Heat, Humidity Can Be Deadly Combination
Prairie du Rocher raising emergency funds for levee certification
Red Cross issues appeal for blood and platelet donations
Sparta man sentenced to four years in prison on burglary charge
State Senator complains about not being paid, said they’re not vendors
Tilden man to be sentenced on burglary and drug charges
Weekly Crop Report

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Carson and Barnes Circus coming to Chester this Sunday
Chester City Council meets tonight
How a New Phone App Tries to Bolster Latino Vote
One person killed in traffic crash Monday in Randolph County
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s weekly arrest report

Monday, July 4, 2016
Chester’s Kyle Landon continues to excel both academically and athletically at SIU-C
Du Quoin State Fair to Implement Admission Fee
Governor Takes Clemency Action
State Construction Program Continues as Planned
Stopgap Measure Funds Department of Commerce Programs

Friday, July 1, 2016
Du Quoin woman uninjured in I-57 crash Thursday
Former CHS teacher, coach and guidance counselor John Butler has passed away
Murder suspect makes appearance in Randolph County court Thursday
New Service Aims to Help Illinois Beneficiaries Find Lost Life Insurance Money
Senator Luechtefeld says government on right path with stopgap budget
So how does the stopgap measure affect the City of Chester?
Sparta man unhurt in Missouri traffic crash
State Rep Costello says stopgap budget is not perfect, but will provide funds