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With increased funding, virtually all community college students at or below the median income level can go to school in Illinois for free

BLOOMINGTON — Illinois Governor JB Pritzker joined Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton, stakeholders, and community leaders at Heartland Community College to highlight his proposed investments in higher education. The Governor’s FY24 budget calls for the largest increase for community colleges in over two decades and historic investments in financial aid, putting Illinois on track to guarantee […]

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Gov. Pritzker signs historic legislation guaranteeing 40 hours of paid leave

CHICAGO — Governor JB Pritzker has signed SB208 into law, making Illinois the third state in the nation, and the first in the Midwest, to mandate paid time off to be used for any reason. The historic legislation provides employees with up to 40 hours of paid leave during a 12-month period, meaning approximately 1.5

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Illinois Bankers Association accepting applications for scholarship program for aspiring bankers

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Bankers Association is currently accepting applications for its annual scholarship program, aimed at promoting excellence in the field of banking and developing a vibrant talent pool of future banking leaders.   The Illinois Bankers Scholarship Fund awards scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to high school graduates or undergraduate college students who

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Illinois State Police announce arrest in Gallatin County murder

SHAWNEETOWN – The Illinois State Police (ISP) Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) announce the arrest of 20-year-old Demetrius T. Walker of Mount Vernon, IL for First-Degree Murder (Class M Felony). The arrest comes after a month-long investigation into the murder of 45-year-old Nathan Dobbs. On February 15, 2023, Dobbs was located deceased in the 100 block

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SIU’s Small Business Development Center invites people to March 15 open house and more

by Christi Mathis CARBONDALE, Ill. — An open house, facility tours, networking and a workshop are all happening at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center on March 15 in recognition of SBDC (Small Business Development Center) Day. The public is welcome to attend.   “SBDC Day is an important occasion to recognize and

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Giannoulias to libraries: We’re united against banning books

SPRINGFIELD – Amid coordinated efforts throughout the nation to ban books from library shelves, Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias has drafted first-in-the-nation legislation designed to support public and school libraries and librarians as they face unprecedented censorship of books and resources in Illinois.   The legislation comes after extremist groups – including the far-right

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Girl Scout Week is here

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Girl Scout Week is something to celebrate—seven straight days to show off Girl Scout pride and acknowledge all that this worldwide sisterhood has given our Girl Scouts, our local communities, and the world! Whether you are a Girl Scout alum, a current member, a dedicated volunteer, or an avid Girl Scout Cookie

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Gov. Pritzker announces new behavioral health workforce education center

SPRINGFIELD — Governor JB Pritzker along with state and local officials has celebrated the launch of a new Behavioral Health Workforce Education Center, which will increase Illinois’ capacity to recruit, educate, and retain behavioral health professionals. The Center builds upon the state’s commitment to behavioral health transformation, strengthening behavioral health care infrastructure and access across the

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Illinois considers banning vaping inside public places

SPRINGFIELD – A steadfast champion of Illinois laws to keep harmful tobacco products away from young people, State Senator Julie Morrison is expanding upon her work by leading a measure to ban e-cigarettes inside public places.   “A tobacco epidemic is continues in our state,” said Morrison (D-Lake Forest). “We have made great progress, but the

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