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Thursday, May 25, 2017
Blago attorney in new appeal: Courts fail to distinguish between politics, bribery
CUSD #139 School Board to meet yet again
Legislation requiring cost estimate on new state mandates heads to Governor
Service businesses protest Senate's expanded sales tax

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Gov. Rauner: Property tax freeze 'holding up' budget deal
Hunters in Illinois Harvested 15,719 Birds during 2017 Spring Turkey Season
Illinois Prison Suit Could Go to Trial Next Year
Illinois unemployment falling because of lack of jobs
Search to begin soon for new CUSD #139 Superintendent after Goodman resigns
Senate Democrats approve $5.4 billion in tax increases
Some Illinois Workers Cheated Out of Full Paychecks

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Chester High School graduates 66 seniors at 131st Commencement
Chester man arrested Friday on drug charge
FCC to ease restrictions on local radio stations
Legislative leader term limits proposal could have Senate vote this week
Other U.S. states improve fiscal outlook by changing pensions to 401(k)-type plans
Poll: More jobless Illinoisans have stopped looking for work than in other states

Monday, May 22, 2017
CUSD #139 School Board to conduct special meeting Tuesday night
Illinois continues to lose jobs, according to latest report
Illinois farmers seek legislative approval to grow industrial hemp
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s weekly arrest report
Rauner says tax credit program expiring another sign of inaction at statehouse
Senator Schimpf’s Senate Week in Review
Sparta man arrested last week on drug charges
Studies: High corporate, property taxes stunt job growth in Illinois
World War One Program at Chester Library Tuesday night

Friday, May 19, 2017
Costello Urges State to Support IL Jobs by Buying American Steel
CUSD #139 School Board minutes released
Jacklyn Hopkins Awarded Scholarship to Attend Southeast
Lone ‘no’ vote on homestead exemptions for various groups says it’s not reform Illinois needs
New report gives apples to apples look at Rauner Agenda
Report: $15 minimum wage would cost Illinois 93,000 jobs by 2027
Southeast announces Spring 2017 Dean's List

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Costello Recognizes Importance of Local Law Enforcement for National Police Week
East St. Louis man dies on Baldwin Lake Wednesday
IL Senate Democrats pass several grand bargain bills, but fracture develops in negotiations
New book's authors: Fix Illinois by changing state Constitution
Rauner says economic growth needed to bridge gap on government spending
Winner of local Illinois Sheriffs’ Association scholarship announced

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Alex Yankey Named to University of Evansville Dean's List
Clementine Benson wins Character Award at Chester Grade
Elizabeth Moll of Red Bud Achieves Spring 2017 Dean's List at Belmont University
House Democrats add their own demands to Illinois budget talks
Illinois homebuilders: High property taxes hurting new home construction
March Students of the Month announced at Chester Grade School
More Character Award winners announced at Chester Grade School
Nearly half of Illinois farmers don't expect to make money in 2017
Red Cross plans blood drive
Senate’s ‘grand bargain’ bills to be separated as standalone bills

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
April continued record temperature stretch and dropped second-highest rainfall on Illinois
CUSD #139 School Board to conduct May meeting tonight
Illinois a good state to be a cop
Realtors: Most Illinois homes worth less than their value 10 years ago
Sparta woman sentenced on misdemeanor charge
Study may lead to new Chester Bridge
Weekly Crop Report

Monday, May 15, 2017
Brockmeyer bill advances to Governor Rauner’s desk
Chester Lions Present Scholarship to Two Chester High School Students
Collinsville man sentenced in Randolph County on battery charge
Four southern Illinois residents indicted on drug charges
Marissa man sent to prison on weapons charge
McKendree University Class of 2017 Graduates
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s weekly arrest report
Rep. Costello Remind Area Residents to Check for Uncashed Checks
Sparta man pleads guilty to DUI charge
Ste. Genevieve Garden Walk set for this weekend

Friday, May 12, 2017
CHS Concert Band closes out Spring Concert Tuesday
CHS Concert Choir performs during Spring Concert Tuesday
CHS "Sound Affect" performs during Spring Concert Tuesday
Class of 2017 job prospects good, if grads have the right skills
Drama Awards handed out at Chester High School
Four year band students honored at Chester High School
Four year choral students honored at Chester High School
Jazz Band debuts at CHS this past Tuesday night
Major Music Awards presented Tuesday night at CHS
Report: Schools add 33,000 administrative positions in 23 years at cost of $2 billion
Senate committee hears how medical pot can address opioid addiction
Senators differ on need for tax increases in balanced budget plan
Traffic crash in Perry Co, IL sends Red Bud youth to hospital with major injuries

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Chester man sentenced to probation on meth charge
Illinois Senate’s grand bargain revived, but stalls after single vote
Illinois Senate sends taxpayer-funded abortion bill to governor; veto expected
Marissa woman sent to prison on drug charge
Sparta woman sentenced on meth charge
Time on Illinois jobless rolls averages 17 weeks

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Chester man sent to prison on meth charge
Discussion begins in Springfield about raising Illinois' gas tax
Local election authorities: Anti-hacking legislation not necessary
New "Band Geeks’ for CHS Band
Sparta man sentenced to prison on drug charge

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Bill would require tax disclosure for presidential candidate to appear on Illinois' ballot
Decline in corporate tax income leaves Illinois with less revenue
Illinois Farm Bureau: Trump policies should be good for state farmers
MoDOT says Chester Bridge may reopen tomorrow
Recent rains only delaying Illinois farmers
Treasurer and governor’s office trade blame for ongoing budget impasse

Monday, May 8, 2017
Chester Firemen save person who leaped from Chester Bridge Friday night
Congress cuts Department of Justice's budget to crack down on medical marijuana
Expect traffic delays on Route 150 west of Steeleville starting today
Federal legislation could end Illinois' newly launched mandatory retirement accounts
Local bank sponsors two charter bus trips
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s weekly arrest report
Three inmates charges in connection with April 23 incident at Menard

Friday, May 5, 2017
Illinois GOP congressmen help approve Obamacare replacement
Investigation opened into misconduct allegations against Secretary of State administrator
List of road closures in Randolph County as of this morning
Plan to eliminate local tax exemptions could hurt Illinois
Southern Illinois waiting to see how bad flood will be
Study: Income tax rate has major impact on pro sports teams win-loss record

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Chester Bridge to close today
DHFS responds to comptroller concerns over state Medicaid restructure plan
Marissa woman injured in Wednesday morning crash
New tax on house repairs would decrease work, cause hundreds of job losses
Prairie du Rocher woman injured in single vehicle crash Wednesday morning

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
American Legion Post 487 Years of Service Awards
Congressional plan for coal miner pension bailout begs question: Who's next?
Flooding a problem statewide, dangerous in southern Illinois
Mississippi River Bridge at Chester to close Thursday at noon
Rauner asks judge for permission to fire Quinn patronage hires

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Chester student honored by McKendree University
CUSD #139 School Board holds organizational meeting
MoDOT vows to keep Highway 51 open
More road closures announced in Randolph County
No one injured in single vehicle crash in Randolph Co Friday night
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Inducts New Members
Red Bud's Halie Schrader is initiated into Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
Weekly Crop Report

Monday, May 1, 2017
AT&T wants out from 'old-phone' requirement
Chester suspends recycling program
Illinois higher ed spending growth questioned
Increase in agriculture education positions opens doors for new teachers
ISBE report: Almost half of Illinois school districts are deficit spending
Lots of swearing expected at tonight’s Chester City Council meeting
Motorists can expect more road closures as Mississippi River rises
Randolph Co Sheriff’s Department weekly arrest report
Rauner’s office says efficiencies and cuts have been proposed, ignore