• State to study pay-later college tuition

    by  • August 21, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois will look at the possibility of allowing students to go to state colleges tuition-free … at least until  they graduate. The newly signed legislation will have the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) study “pay it forward” options for attending college. State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) said what that means is to...

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    Gubernatorial race for lesser of two evils

    by  • August 21, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — Come election day, many of us will be voting one-handed – because we’ll be holding our noses with the other hand. Incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn, a democrat, and republican challenger Bruce Rauner have each given voters plenty to dislike, says University of Illinois Springfield political science professor Kent Redfield. In six years...

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    Almanac predicts colder than usual winter

    by  • August 21, 2014

    Winter’s going to be colder than usual and next summer hotter. So says the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the familiar, 223-year-old chronicler of climate, folksy advice and fun facts. Published Wednesday, the almanac predicts a “super-cold” winter in two-thirds of the country, or what editor Janice Stillman calls “a refriger-nation.” Before unpacking the parka, remember...

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    Williamson County man perishes in house fire

    by  • August 21, 2014

    PITTSBURG — A 48-year-old Pittsburgh, Illinois man died Wednesday in a fire at his home. Jeffrey Glover was pronounced dead at his Ervin Street home by Williamson County Coroner Junior Burke. The fire was reported at 4:30 p.m. and was contained to the front bedroom of the residence, said Burke. The Pittsburgh fire department...

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    Group renews court battle to save Murray Center

    by  • August 20, 2014

    CHICAGO — The battle to save a local home for the developmentally disabled has been renewed. Attorneys in the federal case seeking to halt the closure of the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center in Centralia have filed a notice of appeal over a recent decision that would allow the state to shutter the home....

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    Heat advisory issued for remainder of week

    by  • August 20, 2014

    Dangerous temperatures are in store for today and the remainder of the week. Our area is under a heat advisory from noon Wednesday until 7 o’clock Sunday night. The National Weather Service in St. Louis says temperatures will begin to climb well into the 90s over the next several days with heat index values...

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