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Friday, May 22, 2015
April Jobs Increase +4,800 in Illinois
Drive Safe, Drive Smart Over Memorial Day Weekend
Football coach Bryan Lee leaving Chester for Carbondale
IDES Director: State won’t realize full recover for another year
IDOT Suspends Non-Emergency Road Work for Memorial Day Holiday Weekend
Measure requiring more regular pension reviews awaits Governor’s signature
Millionaire tax on House floor stalls
Two Perry County Residents Sentenced For Methamphetamine Conspiracy

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Boaters Reminded to Wear a Life Jacket and Stay Safe on the Water
Chester Grade School’s Cindy Ponder thanks Rozier’s Country Market for support
Costello Sponsors Measure to Better Honor Fallen Soldiers
House GOP freshmen blast Madigan
Memorial Day Service set for 10am Monday in Chester
‘Millionaire tax’ clears House panel; business group calls it ‘nail in coffin’ for job creators
Natural gas vehicle tax remains in committee
Report Outlines "Lapses in Care" at IDOC Facilities

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Chester School Board meets
Fair share case moving forward without Governor
GOP: It’s crunch time, Democrats not cooperating
Pinckneyville couple injured in St. Louis crash Tuesday
Poppy Days to be held Friday and Saturday in Chester
Report Reveals Need for Child Welfare Reform in Illinois
Right to Try Act unanimously passes Senate
Standardized test opt out measure passes

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Automatic defibrillators mandate passes both chambers
Busy agenda waiting for CUSD #139 School Board tonight
Chester’s Tourism Commission meets Wednesday morning
Civic Federation calls for combination of spending restraints and tax increases
Easier prosecutorial access to birth certificates passes both chambers
Police and Fire Commission to meet Wednesday afternoon
Quick 30 minute meeting for Chester City Council Monday night
Renovation Celebration at Chester Library Thursday
Weekly Crop Report
Willisville man charged after crash in Randolph County

Monday, May 18, 2015
Chester City Council meets tonight
Chester High School Honors Night recognizes student’s achievements
CHS Band members assisting Methodist Men with Pancake Breakfast
CHS inducts 25 new members into National Honor Society
CHS Music Department honors senior band and chorus members
Competing property tax freeze measures debated
CUSD #139 School Board set to hire new CHS Principal
First United Methodist Church recognizes Boy Scouts
Illinois Spring Wild Turkey Season Harvest Totals 14,999 Birds
Madigan calls for millionaire surcharge amendment vote
Misty Starr Schlesinger completes Correctional Officer Training Academy
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s Weekly Arrest Report
Retired Teachers Association to meet June 9 in Steeleville
Senator Luechtefeld’s Senate Week in Review
Sheriff's office releases details on deadly traffic crash from last Thursday
Water Illnesses: Things to Consider before Making Splash

Friday, May 15, 2015
Costello Passes Bill Supporting Family Caregivers
Randolph Co road projects part of New Multi-Year Highway Construction Plan
Rauner: Feverishly working for pension solution
Report: Renters Could Save Big Bucks with Energy Efficiency
Right-to-work zones amendment fails
Trade unions, political process criticized during floor debate

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Budget amendments back in House
Crowdfunding measure in state Senate
Help remember our nation's veterans
Illinois Budget Cuts Could End In-Home Care for Thousands
Measure mandating financial instruction passes
Pension plan gets cool shoulder from House committee

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
$158 Million Settlement with Sprint & Verizon over Wireless Phone Bill Cramming
Bitter budget fight in Illinois will continue as $6 billion deficit looms
CHS Industrial Arts class complete remodeling project for Buena Vista Bank
Citywide Spring Clean Up Days later this month in Chester
CUSD #139 School Board to conduct special meeting Thursday
Downstate lawmakers, again, advocate for Illinois coal
Law Enforcement Begin Click It or Ticket Campaign
"Ride For The Cure" event this Sunday in Chester
White-Nose Syndrome Found in Three Additional Illinois Counties

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Among states with budget deficits, Illinois has largest
Moody’s: Decision adds pressure to find alternatives
National Police Week: Remembering the Fallen in Illinois
State police approved to use unmanned aerial vehicles
Truth In Accounting puts Illinois’ pension debt at $158 billion

Monday, May 11, 2015
Calls in Illinois to Ban Bee-Killing Pesticide
Du Quoin State Fair Announces Two Headliners for 2015 Fair
Eaglefest is set for May 29 and 30 in Chester
Local winner of Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship award announced
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s weekly report of arrests
Red Bud man arrested Friday morning in Missouri
Senator Luechtefeld’s Senate Week in Review
Surveillance and Testing for West Nile Virus in Randolph County Begins
US Congressman visits Chester tonight

Friday, May 8, 2015
Chester’s Cedric Willliams graduates from basic military training
Costello Calls for Renewed Focus on Illinois Coal
Fourth Consecutive Year of Record-Breaking Visitors to Illinois in 2014
Local law agencies participate in Rapid Deployment Active Shooter courses
Measure allowing hospice workers to transport prescription drugs doesn’t go far enough
School district boundary process passes Senate
Senate Bill to create grant for exonerees passes
Sheriff’s office conducts compliance checks earlier this month
"Stamping Out Hunger" in Illinois Communities
Vote expected on right-to-work in House

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Children's Mental Health Awareness Day in IL, Nation
IDOT Urging Motorists to "Start Seeing Motorcycles"
Rauner: Not the time for political stunts
Surprise budget amendments a sham, republicans say

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Analysis Finds Higher Minimum Wage Would Mostly Impact Women
Business groups call for workers’ comp reforms
Majority support for charter schools
Mitch Hammel elected new president of CUSD #139 School Board
Survey says: Taxes, labor regulations, infrastructure concerns for foreign investors
Workers’ comp focus of lengthy House Committee of the Whole

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Buchen named to manage both Illinois State Fairs
City Council authorizes increase in out of town fire tags during Monday’s meeting
‘Forever SIU,’ commencement set for May 15-16
Jordan Berner slams his way into the IHSA record books Monday
Medical cannabis: PTSD, Irritable bowel syndrome in, anxiety and diabetes out
Public-private board proposal includes transparency provisions
Solitary Confinement Banned for Juveniles in Illinois
State sues companies of student loan debt scams

Monday, May 4, 2015
Auditor finds host of problems at IDOT
Changing of the guard in CUSD #139 set for Tuesday night
Chester City Council meets tonight
Even on a Cloudy Day Melanoma is Deadly
Governor declines public debate with Rep. Smiddy
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s weekly arrest report
Senator Luechtefeld’s Senate Week in Review

Friday, May 1, 2015
Costello Joins Group Giving Stronger Voice to Small Businesses
Group: Telecom regs need to change
Lawmaker coalition: Use Illinois coal in Illinois
Push Continues to Legalize Marijuana in Illinois
Senate passes youth concussion legislation
SIU Carbondale goes smoke-free July 1
SIUC Poll: Majority of voters support same-sex marriage
Unexpected revenue means avoidance of grant suspensions, other possible cuts

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Citations for smoking in car flames out in Senate
Costello Helps Pass Bill Cracking Down on Medicaid Waste, Helping Those in Need
Former governor Walker passes away
Illinois Hunters and Anglers Raise $726,000 through License Purchases
Mayors decry local funding cut proposal, say expect cuts to services

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Chester man sentenced to prison time on drug charge
Chester woman sentenced to prison on meth charge
Experts say ADHD Treatment Goes Beyond Medication
Rauner touts agenda, union pushes back
Right-to-work zones resolutions in front of local governments
Youth concussions focus of Senate Bill

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Chester man sentenced to 10 years in prison on meth charge
City of Chester reminding residents about grass and weed maintenance
Sparta man sentenced on drug paraphernalia charge
State treasurer says changes ahead, internal auditors find ‘challenges’ after 100 days
Ste. Genevieve, MO man cited after two-vehicle accident in Chester

Monday, April 27, 2015
Bauer sentenced to three years in prison
Closet Cleaning Can Boost Illinois Communities
License plate reading tech regulations pass house
Middendorf and Mehrer crowned CHS Spring Prom King and Queen
Percy man sentenced to six years in prison
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s weekly arrest report
Senator Luechtefeld’s Senate Week in Review
Two CHS students heading to state in IHSA Journalism competition