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Friday, October 21, 2016
City of Chester’s fall leaf pick up program begins October 31
Illinois jobless rate steady at 5.5 percent last month, but labor force shrinks
Lawmaker hopeful on progress for education funding commission
State GOP candidates keeping up with Dems for first time in years
State looking to recover up to $450 million in unemployment overpayments

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Bill introduced requiring ammunition to be printed with unique serial numbers
Congressmen plan to defund new IRS rule making more farms eligible for "death tax"
Cutler woman arrested on drug charges
Medicare Tackles Drug Costs
Route 150 near Memorial Hospital closed for an hour after gas line struck
State, AFSCME clash on impasse status in latest labor-dispute filings

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Chester Firemen paged out early this morning for car fire in Rockwood
CUSD #139 School Board meets Thursday night
Legislation targets cash-bonus loophole for retired state educators
Motorists could see delays on Route 4 north of Sparta Thursday
School-funding option would level real-estate-value playing field
September Students of the Month announced at CGS

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Buena Vista Bank sponsors day-trip to St. Charles Historic District
Forced unionization of government workers challenged in courts
Joint Review Board of City of Chester to meet Wednesday
July death of Menard inmate ruled suicide
Report: Illinois’ pension debt heavily underestimated
State agency aims to crack down on alternative energy supplier scams
State expects Medicaid mental-health care waiver to ease burden on prisons
Students at CGS recognized for "Social Awareness"
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Monday, October 17, 2016
Candy Day campaign held recently by Chester Lions Club
Chester Lions Club member receives pin for sponsoring new members
Illinois State Police Provides Travel Tips for Harvest Season
Light agenda waiting for Chester City Council tonight
Meet the Candidates night set for October 26 at Trinity Lutheran at Prairie
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s Weekly Arrest Report
Senator Luechtefeld’s Senate Week in Review
Tax deed proceedings completed on delinquent properties in Randolph County

Friday, October 14, 2016
Details on Wednesday crash near Ruma have been released
IDoA announces start of Medicare open enrollment period
Illinois has one of nation’s highest cell phone tax rates
Six Southern Illinois Residents Charged with Methamphetamine Offense
Springfield area legislator introduces bills limiting lawmaker pay
State report: Residential power customers overpaying through alternative suppliers
Two law enforcement officers honored

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Chester Area Christian Food Pantry begins Thanksgiving Food Drive
Children's Medication: Correct Dosage Required
Illinois Residents Encouraged to Register for ‘The Great ShakeOut’ Earthquake Drill
Lawmaker opposes proposed ‘lockbox’ amendment for state transportation funds
Push for free in-state tuition at Illinois public colleges may backfire

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Broad coalition calls for reforms in state’s civil-asset forfeiture laws
Fall Festival set for Saturday in Chester's Cole Memorial Park
Illinois attorney general weighs in on Mautino campaign finance case
Prescription drug take-back event set for Oct 22 at Chester Police Department
Rauner, Democratic lawmakers unite to call for ex-con ID bill’s passage
Town Hall meeting to discuss teen alcohol use set for October 24 in Chester
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
CGS Character Award T-Shirt winners announced for September 2016 Social Awareness
Fall Trout Fishing Season opens Saturday morning
Fitch threatens to cut state’s bond rating again unless spending curbed
Poll: Illinois voters divided over remaining in the state
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s latest arrest report
SIU will cover students’ MAP grants for spring semester

Monday, October 10, 2016
Candidates Aren't Addressing Hunger, Poverty
Chester Park and Recreation Board to meet Tuesday night
CHS Homecoming week is huge success
Costello to Host Office Hours in Coulterville and Sparta
Governor Takes Clemency Action
Illinois Hardest Hit program assist though struggling to stay in their homes
Senator Luechtefeld’s Senate Week in Review
State behind in payments to residents owed money in legal claims

Friday, October 7, 2016
Historic steam locomotive to visit Chester later this month
It’s Homecoming Weekend at Chester High School
New Law Will Reduce Burden on Illinois Caregivers
Plans underway for annual Lighted Parade during Christmas on the River weekend
Rauner unveils initiative to identify emerging industries
State launches three youth-centered social-services initiatives
State seeks federal waiver to improve social services with Medicaid funds

Thursday, October 6, 2016
Downstate voters’ approval of Rauner low, but over 70 percent disapprove of Madigan
Dynegy Announces Baldwin Unit to Remain Open
Illinois could cut link between property taxes and school funding
Simon Poll: Clinton, Duckworth hold leads in Illinois
Video-gambling machines score jackpot for downstate cities

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Chester’s Police, Fire and Public Safety Committee to meet tonight
Cutler man sentenced to probation after pleading to theft charge
First Ex-Offender Receives Professional License under Inmate Licensure Program
St. Anne man sent to jail on DUI charge
State Senate hearing looks at lifting statute of limitations on sex crimes
Views differ on how legal recreational marijuana would work in Illinois

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Busy meeting for Chester City Council Monday night
City’s Zoning Board of Appeals will consider a special use permit tonight
County Retired Teachers Association to meet October 11
Illinois ties for first place in road-pavement quality in U.S. highway study
Indiana, Missouri out-rank Illinois on tax-friendly business-climate list
Sparta man sentenced to probation on drug charge
State to pull investments out of Wells Fargo over fake-account scandal
Valmeyer man sent to jail on aggravated battery charge
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Monday, October 3, 2016
Another round of Character Education Award winners announced at Chester Grade School
Busy agenda for tonight’s Chester City Council meeting
Home Caregivers say Relationships Threatened by Overtime Rules
Proposed law to curb abuse of energy-efficiency contracts held up in Illinois House
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s weekly arrest report
SIU receives suicide prevention grant
Sparta woman sentenced to jail on sex charge
Steeleville man sent to prison