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Friday, March 24, 2017
Chicago judge: Pay state lawmakers first
Differences apparent in pot legalization debate
Legislation aims to ease Illinois’ ‘tough’ regulations on farmers
Questions on timing, cost remain for automatic voter registration
Randolph County Retired Teachers to meet April 11 in Sparta
Tilden man sentenced on drug charge
Willisville man sentenced on meth charge

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Baldwin woman pleads guilty to meth charge
Bill would require state contractors to pay staff nearly twice minimum wage
Costello Working to Make Illinois Prioritize American Products
Illinois Supreme Court hears FOIA case against IHSA
Obama holiday bill pulled after House vote falls short
Poll: Two-thirds of Illinoisans want permanent property tax freeze
Sparta man pleads guilty to meth charge
Students awarded scholarships to attend Southeast

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Civil War presentation planned at Chester Library
Forced union dues lawsuit on to U.S. Supreme Court
Pension spiking continues despite $130 billion deficit
Red Bud man sentenced on meth charge
Republicans worry state House committee structure set up to create legislative logjam
Sparta man sent to prison
Tilden woman pleads guilty to meth charge

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Illinois makes the push for more women in agriculture
Poll: Majority of voters disapprove of job being done by Rauner, Madigan
Sheriff’s office searching for St. Libory man
Sparta man sentenced on felony charge
Steeleville man sent to jail on sex charge

Monday, March 20, 2017
$15 minimum wage could hit downstate Illinois’ businesses hard
Chester man to be sentenced on drug charge next month
Legislators considering funding for auditor general as office under federal investigation
Light agenda for Chester City Council
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s weekly arrest report
Rauner appeals appellate court AFSCME ruling to state’s highest court
Repeal of federal estate tax could make Illinois’ a net negative
Rockwood woman sent to prison on drug charge
Sparta man to be sentenced in May on drug charge

Friday, March 17, 2017
AARP Vows Continued Fight against GOP Health-Care Plan
Lawmakers hashing out details on state-granted tax breaks
State health facilities board targeted for repeal to open up more health care options
Temp agency boss: Lawmakers don’t understand workplace
Trump changes not altering Illinois school plan
Unemployment Rates Increase in Most Metro Areas

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Comptroller threatens to withdraw funding for decades-old tech upgrades
CUSD #139 School Board meets tonight
Defensive Driving Course coming to Chester Senior Center in April
School funding reform proposal called ‘central planning on steroids’
Senate Appropriations Committee Chair: ‘Grand Bargain’ is dead
Senator hopes failure of ‘grand bargain’ spurs on bargain for taxpayers
WalletHub: Illinoisans pay highest state, local taxes in country

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Costello Backing Reforms to Help Returning Veterans Access Services, Prevent Suicide
Employment revision shows Illinois has 60,000 fewer jobs than originally reported
Illinois’ health care worries show downside of Medicaid expansion
National retailers may avoid investing in ‘expensive’ Illinois
Privately funded grants help students learn at Illinois parks

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
First bill in Senate’s ‘grand bargain’ still not done
Illinois trails neighbors in state rankings report
Rauner, Madigan agree on Lincoln museum but not budget, structural reforms
Students awarded scholarships to attend Southeast

Monday, March 13, 2017
"Buckshot and Blossoms" opens Thursday at Chester High School
Federal reform could lead to lower fed taxes, higher state taxes
Hunters shoot to end hunger in Illinois with meat donations
Hybrid corn increasing crop yields
Illinoisans Urged to Get Colon Cancer Checkup
Randolph County Sheriff Department’s weekly arrest report
Study finds Illinois’ regs more than double neighboring Missouri, Kentucky
Warm weather lets farmers get an early start

Friday, March 10, 2017
Costello Opposes New Tax on Sugar
FBI agents can’t force you to unlock your phone, judge rules
Government revenue estimates indicate continued slow economic recovery, people leaving
Opinion: Sugary drink tax would be a bitter pill to swallow
Sparta man promoted in the ranks of US Air Force
Steeleville man killed in three-vehicle crash east of Pinckneyville
Unused teacher sick time could cost taxpayers billions

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Comptroller says state’s net deficit up to $16.7 billion
February Students of the Month announced at Chester Grade School
Illinois Republicans see AHCA as a first step to replace Obamacare
Lawmakers looking to divert scarce state funds to cities and counties
Rauner: Worker insurance reforms "don’t move needle" in budget talks

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Costello Honors the Illinois State Police on 95 Years of Service
January Students of the Month announced at Chester Grade School
Lawmakers voice concerns about carve-outs for proposed service tax expansion
Poll: Majority of Illinoisans want state to cut spending, not raise taxes
Smartphone app might be best severe weather tool for stormy spring
United Methodist Men test new stove ahead of pancake breakfast this Saturday
WalletHub: Illinoisans’ property taxes second highest in country

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Dentists want out from fronting Illinois state employees’ dental costs
Extent of storm damage unlikely to qualify for federal aide
GML president says Illinois lawmakers not giving him reason to continue investing in state
Methodist Men will host 2017 Pancake Breakfast This Saturday
State’s labor issues impact taxpayers, private businesses
Waterloo woman injured in traffic crash in Red Bud Monday

Monday, March 6, 2017
Chester City Council meets tonight
Chester man killed in traffic crash in Ste. Genevieve CO Saturday morning
Doctor: Cure May be Near for Parkinson's
February Breaks Record for Warm Temperatures in Illinois
Illinois appellate court grant’s AFSCME motion to delay labor board ruling
Illinois’ charter schools sending more kids to college
New ranking shows Illinois’ economic split
NWS: tornado was an EF-4, ARC: 41 homes destroyed
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s weekly arrest report
SEMO announces Fall 2016 graduates

Friday, March 3, 2017
April ballot to be full of tax questions
Lawmaker on gym mandate: Take away the cupcakes first
One person injured in single vehicle accident Monday night
Opinion: The truth about your property tax bill
Traffic stop leads to arrest of Sparta man on drug charges
Trump brings business optimism, but Illinois leaders still nervous about local taxes, red tape

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Collections for victims of Tuesday’s Perryville tornado now accepted at Chester City Hall
Farm Bureau praises President Trump’s order ditching Waters of the U.S. rule
Farm, manufacturing groups skeptical about proposed Senate deal to end impasse
Illinois Senate delays votes on tax hikes, other ‘grand bargain’ bills
Senator says his constituents would jump at jobs vacated by possible striking workers
Wolf Lake resident uninjured in single vehicle crash Tuesday

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Cannabis dispensary operator celebrates 1 year, predicts 100 percent growth in 2017
CGS music students perform well at IGSMA District Solo and Ensemble Contest
‘Grand bargain’ pension reform bill stalls in Senate
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Hosts 26th Desert Storm Remembrance Ceremony
Rauner launches jobs website in preparation for possible strike
Rauner to overhaul Illinois’ managed Medicaid program
Severe storms move through River Region Tuesday night
Storm damage effects Egyptian Electric power customers

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Former US Comptroller General: Higher taxes won’t solve Illinois’ problems
Head-on collision west of Pinckneyville kills one Monday morning
Life Skills Reentry Center poised to give new life to inmates
Rauner: Reform pensions to address main driver of taxpayer debt
Two Chester residents arrested after parole compliance check
USDA: Farmers face another tough profit year

Monday, February 27, 2017
Another round of CGS Character Education T-Shirt winners announced
Costello Files Bill to Repeal FOID Card
Ellis Grove man sent to prison on sex charge
Good Decision Making Skills award winners announced at CGS
Local radio station will broadcast Lenten services
Missouri S&T announces honor list
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s weekly arrest report
Steeleville man arrested in Indiana on sex charges involving a minor