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Shawnee Community College plans to host its first Family Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 29. The festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the college’s main campus near Ullin. The fall-themed festival will feature free hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, caramel apples, games, a bouncy house,...
Many retirees and those nearing retirement express a common fear. They worry about running out of money; finding their bank account drained with years of life still ahead of them. “The reality is that a large percentage of Americans simply don’t have the kind of savings they need,”  said Chuck...
Most Americans are pessimistic about how well off they’ll be financially when they reach retirement. “People have a lot of worries and that’s understandable,” said Dan Carter, an investment advisor representative for Safeguard Investment Advisory Group, in a news release. “Their savings may not be...
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Oct. 7 alerted Illinois voters that a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit restores Illinois voters’ legal right to register to vote and cast their ballot at the same time in the general election on Nov. 8.  The court’s ruling puts on...
Union County State Fish and Wildlife Area will implement a limited furbearer trapping program for the 2016-2017 season.   Two trappers with a site permit and each trapper’s designated assistant (optional) will be allowed for each month during the season.   Selection of trappers will be made with...
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the next National Prescription Drug Take Back event. The Williamson County Sheriff's Office, along with hundreds of other local law enforcement agencies, will host drug collection events on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.. The...
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is seeking public comment from Oct. 6 through Oct. 20 on 10 current public uses that are up for review and take place on refuge lands: bicycling, boating, collection of wild edible foods, cooperative farming, fire department training, fishing tournaments and...
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 49 other attorneys general, announced on Oct. 3, a settlement with national retailer USA Discounters Ltd., over claims the company targeted and misled U.S. service members into expensive financing for overpriced consumer goods.  Illinois consumers...
October is Safe Sleep Awareness Month in Illinois, and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, DCFS, reminds parents and caregivers of three simple steps to ensure the infants in their care are put to sleep safely. “Caregivers must use the ABCs of Safe Sleep every time they put an...
Reports on computer hacks and online information breaches are in the news almost daily.  While the news stories come and go, the effects of having personal information compromised can be long-lasting.  To highlight the importance of understanding and avoiding cyber risks, Governor Bruce Rauner has...

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