By Colby Applegate On Saturday, July 1st, 2017
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Former SIU star makes his pitch for the Yankees

Chad Whitmer didn’t follow a straight line to stardom. Whitmer was a middle relief pitcher at Southern Illinois University whom head coach Ken Henderson described as doing a good job but nothing special in More...

By Colby Applegate On Saturday, June 24th, 2017
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Illinois among states seen as on the precipice of a pension disaster

Officials in Springfield and around the country are talking about a “pension cliff” and trying to determine what will happen as large numbers of educators become fully vested in school district pension benefit More...

By Colby Applegate On Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
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Chapin touts GOP proposal, says Madigan must compromise

Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) supports a budget proposal from Republican lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner’s call for a special session to end the state’s budget impasse, according to a recent press release. “Yesterday, More...

By Colby Applegate On Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
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Skillicorn decries compromise budget

Despite Gov. Bruce Rauner’s pleas for unity on Tuesday night, Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) told the McHenry Times that he won’t vote for a state budget from either party that maintains the status More...

By Colby Applegate On Monday, June 19th, 2017
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Ex-state senator sues over ‘unconstitutional’ skipped paychecks, years after supporting skipped pay

A former member of the Illinois Senate is suing the state’s comptroller to get money he claims was denied him during a decade in office — even though he voted for the measure he now claims is illegal. Michael More...

By Colby Applegate On Friday, June 16th, 2017
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Saluki pitcher prepares to put on pinstripes

Southern Illinois University baseball fans should keep an eye on starting pitcher Chad Whitmer, who was drafted by the New York Yankees recently. Whitmer was taken in the 10th round of the 2017 MLB Draft and becomes More...

By Colby Applegate On Friday, June 16th, 2017
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GOP plan all about easing tax burden by empowering people, Demmer says

Consolidating local governments is a major step toward ending Illinois’ record-high property tax rates, Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) said on Wednesday. Demmer stood with Republican colleagues to announce a series More...

By Colby Applegate On Thursday, June 15th, 2017
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Batinick, Welter team up to help job seeker find work through fair

Reps. Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) and David Welter (R-Morris) will host a free jobs fair to connect job seekers with more than 90 employers with positions to fill, according to a press release. The event will More...

By Colby Applegate On Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
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Governor Rauner Tours New Amazon Fulfillment Center in Romeoville

One of nine new Amazon facilities in Illinois; commits to creating 8,000+ jobs statewide ROMEOVILLE – Governor Bruce Rauner toured Amazon’s new Romeoville fulfillment center last Thursday, which is More...

By Colby Applegate On Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
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Connelly pushes 5G bill through Senate, but House demurs

Illinois might have to remain on hold for 5G technology. After passing the Senate on May 24, a bill that would create the Small Wireless Facilities Act has gotten stuck in the House. It is currently classified More...