• St. Mary’s hosting free car seat check

    by  • September 19, 2013

    Only three out of five car seats on Illinois roads are being used correctly. The Illinois Department of Transportation is especially concerned about the finding because automobile crashes are a leading cause of death for children under the age of 13. State officials are sponsoring sessions about the seats at 88 locations across Illinois...

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    Young stroke victim finds a pal in U.S. senator

    by  • September 19, 2013

    Here’s some feel good news for your Thursday: U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and an 11-year-old boy from central Illinois have become pen pals after both suffered strokes. The Highland Park republican’s office is releasing a series of letters between Kirk and Jackson Cunningham of Oakwood. Jackson first wrote the senator in February of 2012,...

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    Enyart says no furloughs next year for Scott AFB

    by  • September 19, 2013

    The Air Force says it will not furlough workers at Scott Air Force Base next year. This is according to Illinois Congressman Bill Enyart, who grilled the Air Force Chief of Staff during a hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Civilian workers at the base were forced to take six unpaid days off this year...

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    Good government group offers voter “Sound Off” app

    by  • September 19, 2013

    A new good-government organization is turning to the app to let people connect with their state lawmakers. Sound Off is the name of the “citizen activation tool” for Reboot Illinois. It lets you find out who your lawmaker is and automatically send him or her a message. The four legislative leaders and the governor...

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    Tri-County offering classroom empowerment grants

    by  • September 19, 2013

    Tri-County Electric Cooperative is offering eight Touchstone Energy Classroom Empowerment grants to teachers and schools. The grants are for projects that improve the learning environment or increases educational resources for the school. Administrators and teachers for Kindergarten through 12th grade at both public and private schools are eligible to apply. The application requests information...

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    DeRyke pleads not guilty to murder of niece

    by  • September 19, 2013

    A 22-year-old Effingham County man has pleaded not guilty to three counts first degree murder in the stabbing death of his 7-year-old niece Willow Long. Justin DeRyke entered the not guilty pleas this afternoon during a court appearance in Effingham County Court. Authorities allege DeRyke killed Willow late Sept. 7 or early Sept. 8...

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