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The Shawnee Hills Arts Council is planning to present the play “Women of Choice” at the Anna Arts Center.  The arts center is located at 125 W. Davie St. in Anna. Performances are set for Friday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 1, at 2 p.m. Ticket prices at the...
A presentation that assesses why a proposal that would allow terminally ill patients to obtain medical assistance to end their lives should be passed by the Illinois General Assembly is the focus of the 2020 John and Marsha Ryan Bioethicist in Residence lecture scheduled at Southern Illinois...
The Illinois Department of Revenue, IDOR, reports that it collected nearly $240 million through its tax amnesty program.  Over $60 million of the funding collected through the program will go to local governments, with roughly $7.5 million going to the City of Chicago.  Gov. JB Pritzker proposed...
Union County is in two Illinois State Senate districts and two Illinois State Representative districts. The county is in the 58th and 59th State Senate districts. In the 58th District, the county is represented by State Sen. Paul Schimpf, R-Waterloo. In the 59th District, the county is represented by State Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg. The county is in the 115th and 118th State Representative districts. In the 115th District, the county is represented by State Rep. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro. In the 118t
By Rebecca Anzel and Ben OrnerCapitol News Illinoisranzel@capitolnewsillinois.comborner@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – A bipartisan coalition of state lawmakers and advocacy groups announced an effort in both chambers Thursday, Feb. 13, to overhaul the way Illinois’ legislative districts are...
Federal grants totaling more than $20 million have been awarded to Southern Illinois housing authorities. The Union County Housing Authority is among the agencies receiving grant funds. The awarding of the funds was announced Feb. 13 by U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill. The grants were awarded through...
Nine Anna-Jonesboro Community High School band members have been honored as members of this year’s all-conference band. The students were recognized at a Feb. 10 regular meeting of the A-JCHS District No. 81 Board of Education. Students selected for all-conference band honors included Abby Startin...
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School teacher Amy Penninger has received a Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative’s, SIEC, Touchstone Energy Classroom Empowerment Grant for $500. The photograph features Penninger and her third hour geography class at the Union County school, along with Chris Boyd from SIEC. Photo provided.
Anna-Jonesboro Community High School teacher Amy Penninger is one of this year’s seven recipients of a Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative’s, SIEC, Touchstone Energy Classroom Empowerment Grant for $500.  Penninger was awarded the grant for a project which involves the development of a digital...
Republican State Reps. Terri Bryant, of Murphysboro, and Patrick Windhorst, of Metropolis, argue that cash bail and mandatory sentences help protect crime victims and the general public during a legislative committee hearing Thursday, Feb. 13, in Chicago. Photo:blueroomstream.com.
By Peter HancockCapitol News Illinoisphancock@capitolnewsillinois.com  SPRINGFIELD – Criminal justice reform is high on Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker’s agenda this year, but a legislative committee hearing Thursday, Feb. 13, in Chicago showed that reform advocates and the law enforcement community...
Local artist Mary Pachikara’s passion for art began in grade school. Now 80, Pachikara recalls drawing in her notebooks instead of listening to her teachers in class.  Her love of art never stopped for Pachikara, including over the 35 years of living in Southern Illinois and capturing what she saw...
Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Edward Benyas turned a surprisingly refreshing phone call he received about six years ago into a conductor’s dream.  The result was a significant award for himself and the Southern Illinois Music Festival. Benyas, the festival’s founder and artistic...

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