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Friday, March 27, 2015
Author: Illinois business climate not welcoming
Baldwin man sentenced to probation on drug charge
Bost Votes to Fix Broken Medicare Payment System
Budget fixes pass senate with some democrats voting no
Chester man sentenced to prison on drug charge
Governor willing to move mountains for criminal justice reforms
Passage of budget fix is new era of shared government
Perryville woman and daughter suffer serious injuries after car-train collision in Sparta
Poll: Illinois voters mixed on state revenue ideas
Rauner, Democratic leaders shake hands and make law
Senator Luechtefeld comments on FY 2015 budget fix

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Chester Police continues to alert local residents to an IRS Scam
Fire Fighters Honor Costello’s Commitment to Families of Fallen Responders
Group calls for closure of state’s developmental centers
Illinois has Four Odd Tornado Seasons in a Row
Lawmaker says license plate readers a privacy threat
New Study Uncovers Prevention Factors for Kidney Disease in Children
Parents’ group calls for standardized test opt-out bill
‘Text First, Talk Second’ Often Best Way to Contact Loved Ones When Disaster Strikes

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Failsafes in place for current fiscal year
February Jobs Increase +13,800 in Illinois
Houses passes fix for budget gap
Motorists Urged to ‘Expect the Unexpected’ in Work Zones this Construction Season
Opposition to current budget year fix
Red Bud woman arrested on burglary charge

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Chester School District receives School District Library Grant
Federal grants soon available for Illinois specialty crops
Lawsuit filed against four correctional facilities including Menard
Plaintiffs join Rauner on fair share case
Rauner’s job approval rating at 36.5 percent
Unclaimed items auction brings in more than appraised value

Monday, March 23, 2015
Chester man seriously injured in late Sunday morning crash
Governor and Attorney General clash over right-to-work zones
Illinois moves to ban powdered alcohol product Feds approve
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s weekly arrest blotter
Rascal Flatts, Sammy Hagar among Top Performers at 2015 Illinois State Fair
Youth Violence in Illinois Considered Preventable, Not Inevitable

Friday, March 21, 2015
Bost and Connolly Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Empower Job Creators
Chester School Board votes to honorably dismiss two certified teachers
Costello’s Bill Restricting Military Funeral Protests Passes House
Mental Health Prison Diversion Commission Act passes House
Reform advocates praise advancement of juvenile justice reforms
Report: Rauner tweaks fair share withholding
Senate confirms agency appointees, various board members
Unemployment Rates Continue Dropping in All Metro Areas

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Auditor: State’s deficit grows
Chester School Board meets tonight
Decriminalizing Pot: Step Toward Prison Reform in Illinois?
Illinois Chamber of Commerce urging businesses to speak up
Legislation Strengthening Ignition Interlock Program Approved by House
Rauner calls for constitutional amendment, provides update on current FY
Rauner says 2015 budget fix nearing – but he’s thought that before
See Chester like you probably never have before…
Tilden woman has been sentenced on Methamphetamine offense

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Bill puts reimbursement onus on public defenders
Chester woman will be sentenced next month on drug charge
Rauner: Tax talk after structural reforms
Report Finds Toddlers, Teens Most at Risk for Medication Poisonings
Right-to-try act to get hearing
Unemployment rate jumps to open 2015 in Randolph County
Walsh woman sentenced to probation on cannabis charge

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Appropriations hearing highlights IDHS division reductions
Chester man receives probation after pleading guilty to meth charge
Durkin says GOP won’t support new revenue
Rauner opens the floor, takes some heat
Sparta man sentenced to prison on drug charges
State Supreme Court opens hearing for other branches

Monday, March 16, 2015
Chester City Council meets tonight
Chester man sentenced to 10 years in prison
Firefighters opposes Martwick’s FFIF bill
Husband and wife from Chester plead guilty to possession of meth
Kyle Landon has earned All American Honors again
Motorcycle crash reported on Mississippi River Bridge Sunday evening
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s weekly arrest report
Senator Luechtefeld’s Senate Week in Review
Three Chester residents arrested after search warrant executed by Chester PD
Wind, Solar Companies Finding Success in Illinois

Friday, March 13, 2015
Crowdsourcing bill gains bipartisan support
Illinois Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.1 Percent
Law Enforcement: Luck Alone Will Not Get You Home on St. Patrick’s Day
Lawmaker, unions at odds over tuition waivers
License plates restrictions pass Illinois House
More Affordable Housing Needing for Poorest in Illinois
Randolph farmer directs funds to St. John's Lutheran School in Red Bud

Thursday, March 12, 2015
CHS musicians compete at 2015 IHSA State Solo and Ensemble Contest
Costello Offers FOID, Concealed Carry Permit Application Help at District Office
Protests at capitol over proposed cuts
State, its retirees clash in court

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Down exports impacting downstate economy
Health Fair Friday in Chester sponsored by Memorial Hospital and Buena Vista
Illinois Doctor: Quality, Quantity Important for Good Sleep
Redfield: Easy to see politics and merits of constitutional officers’ battle over fair share
Roots Road in Randolph County closes this Monday for bridge replacement
School Mandates Waivers report
SIU-C will host regional college fair next week

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Chester Mental Health Center set for security upgrades
Costello Continues Bipartisan Approach on Illinois Agricultural Legislative Day
Illinois Supreme Court set to hear pension reform
Immigration reform focus of panel discussion
Local distributive fund reductions debated
Rauner appoints Stolworthy to Corrections post
Willisville man among three indicted for meth related offenses

Monday, March 9, 2015
Burglary Investigation Leads to Unrelated Drug Arrest in Chester
Keeping Elections Clean: The Battle Continues
Local government share to take center stage
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s weekly arrest report
Resolution on School Code Mandates Waiver in committee Tuesday
Senator Luechtefeld’s Senate Week in Review
Seven Randolph County businesses cites for violation of liquor control laws
Supreme Court hears pension reform this week

Friday, March 6, 2015
Businesses Step Up to Fight Childhood Obesity
Changes to Open Meetings Act passes House
Menard on lockdown after Monday morning fight involving some 25 inmates
Minors reporting alcohol poisoning measure passes House
Unions file suit over "fair share" dues

Thursday, March 5, 2015
2015 Illinois Licenses Reminder
Chester man named to Blackburn College Dean’s List
Chester woman graduates from Greenville College
Costello Helps Secure Grant for Riverfront Economic Development in Evansville
Fire districts could ask for special tax in House Bill
Governor urges voters to pressure GA to allow Right-to-Work Zones
Hiring Monitor: Political manipulation impacted IDOT Staff Assistant positions
House passes moratorium on new units of government
Illinois Child Poverty: Stubbornly Higher Than Before the Recession
Rauner: Proposed gap filler for current FY is small partial solution
World Day of Prayer service Friday night in Ellis Grove

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Ask Your Boss for a Raise Month debated on House floor
Bost Votes to Continue Funding Homeland Security
Chester residents reminded about snow routes
Criminal justice commission takes form
Democrats, Rauner spar over deficit solution
ISBE asks for ten percent more
Senate Bill 1 discussed in House Appropriations committee
SIU Carbondale to host Region 8 Science Fair
White-nose syndrome found in Jackson County
Will Illinois Climb Aboard Right-to-Work Bandwagon?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
AG’s office releases consumer complaint top ten
Chester City Council meets
Consumers Beware of Scammers Using Ameren's Name
Costello to Take Initiative on Substance Abuse in Special Committee
Illinois Rural Water Association designates Chester as Wastewater Plant of the Year
Medical cannabis makes state bank necessity
Peterson waves right for preliminary hearing, trial set for July
School carbon monoxide alarm mandate could be heard in committee
Senate Executive Committee could take up school board elections, truck stop gaming
Supreme Court Case Could Affect Health Care in Illinois

Monday, March 2, 2015
Ax of Murder tickets went on sale at CHS Monday February 23
Chester City Council meets tonight but don’t blink
Chester man escapes injury in Jefferson Co, Mo. crash
Civics test requirements could come up in Education Committee
High profile Menard inmate due back in Randolph Co Court Tuesday
Police could be focus of Judiciary Committee Tuesday
Rail Crossing Blocking Act proposed
Randolph Co Sheriff Department’s weekly arrest report
Red Bud woman arrested in Stoddard Co, Missouri
Rest stop vending machine snacks focus of proposed bill
State bank idea floated in proposed House Resolution
Time to Prepare for Dangers of Volatile Spring Weather