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Robin Ridgley is the newest member of the University of Illinois Extension family life team. She is serving Franklin, Jackson, Perry, Randolph, and Williamson counties in Southern Illinois. “We’re excited to welcome Robin to the Illinois Extension team. As a family life educator, her work will...
Former House Speaker Michael Madigan speaks at an Illinois Democratic County Chairs Association brunch in 2019. He announced Thursday, Feb. 18, that he will step down as a member of the House of Representatives. Capitol News Illinois file photo by Jerry Nowicki.
By Sarah MansurCapitol News Illinoissmansur@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — Former House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, 78, announced Thursday, Feb. 18, he will step down from the state House of Representatives after 50 years in office. “I leave office at peace with my decision and proud of the...
Justice David K. Overstreet and the Illinois Supreme Court recently announced the appointment of Timothy D. Denny as a Resident Circuit Judge for Union County in the First Judicial Circuit. Denny is being appointed to fill the vacancy created by the election of Judge Mark M. Boie to the Fifth...
By Peter HancockCapitol News Illinoisphancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers are required to draw new legislative and congressional district maps this year, but that process may be thrown into chaos because of delays in producing the census numbers needed to draw equal...
By Grace BarbicCapitol News Illinois gbarbic@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The statewide seven-day rolling COVID-19 positivity rate dropped Friday to a low not seen since the summer, as the state reached a record 95,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered the day before. The...
The Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, SISO, plans to continue its season with a pair of performances later this month.  The performancees will feature romantic works for wind ensembles written by composers Antonin Dvořák and Richard Strauss. Performances are scheduled Feb. 22 at the Marion...
After an outpouring of public support for his ongoing Valentines for Seniors project, State Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg, planned to begin distribution of Valentine’s Day cards to assisted-living facilities and nursing homes across the 59th District. Part of Union County is in the district. “...
By Grace BarbicCapitol News Illinoisgbarbic@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Leadership in the Illinois Senate has formed a new committee to focus on mental health issues in the current General Assembly as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to significantly alter everyday life.  “Although it’s...
CHAMPAIGN – Two updated pest degree day calculators from the Prairie Research Institute, PRI, are available for commodity and specialty crop growers in Illinois. The calculators feature seven-day weather forecasts, graphs and insect emergence maps to track accumulated degree days and light for the...
The Center for Regional History in collaboration with University Press, both at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, recently published the childhood short stories of Missouri native Ruby Allee Wright in “Twelve Corners – The Refuge of My Youth.” In “Twelve Corners,” readers will...

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