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10th Contempt Citation Filed Against DCFS Director As 13-year-old Locked In Psych Ward

May 16, 2022

Family member details conditions of child held beyond medical necessity By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois bhundsdorfer@capitolnewsillinois.com Leah is a 13-year-old girl under Department of Children and Family Services care who lives in a psychiatric ward in a Chicago hospital. Capitol News Illinois is using a pseudonym to protect her identity, but has confirmed she’s…

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Illinois Supreme Court weighs ex-lawmakers’ case for back pay

May 12, 2022

Clayborne is seeking $104,412.93 in lost pay. Noland is seeking $71,507.43. By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Two former state senators who sponsored and voted for bills to reduce lawmakers’ pay and forgo annual cost of living adjustments are now asking the Illinois Supreme Court to declare those measures unconstitutional and award…

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Fairview Heights Kiwanis Celebrate 50th Year

May 12, 2022

By Randy Pierce tribune@heraldpubs.com Members of the Fairview Heights Kiwanis Club are celebrating the local organization’s 50th year of service to the community this month and were honored with a proclamation from Mayor Mark Kupsky to commemorate the occasion. A special 50th anniversary celebration for the club members and their guests is being held this…

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Mascoutah Tuesday Woman’s Club Makes Donation to MFD

May 12, 2022

Mascoutah Tuesday Woman’s Club members Katie Nelson and Susan Albrecht presented a check for $4000 to the Mascoutah Volunteer Fire Company. The funds were raised during the April 9-10 rummage sale held at the Ag Building in Scheve Park. This donation will go towards the purchase of a new battery operated piece of equipment on…

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O’Ward Wins Gran Prix of Alabama

May 5, 2022

By Jeff Thornton Herald Publications The pandemic postponed our coverage of the Gran Prix of Alabama in 2020 and 2021. The race was canceled in 2020, and the 2021 race was limited live press coverage. This year it finally happened and we were able to cover the event! Photographer Greg Junge and I had visited…

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Illinois lawmakers respond to leaked Supreme Court abortion decision

May 4, 2022

Draft opinion would overturn landmark 1973 decision Roe v. Wade By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois gkinnicutt@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker and Illinois Democrats warned of an “end to the constitutional right to privacy” if a leaked U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the 1973 landmark decision in Roe v. Wade becomes finalized as precedent.…

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‘Stuck kids’ docket details challenges for DCFS wards in improper placements

May 4, 2022

Docket has spurred nine contempt charges against agency’s director By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois bhundsdorfer@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The weekly docket for children who are wards of the state and waiting for placements recommended by the Department of Children and Family Services after an assessment of their needs took place as scheduled Thursday in Cook…

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Gov. Pritzker Announces New ‘Middle of Everything’ Illinois Tourism Campaign, Starring and Directed by Jane Lynch

April 21, 2022

New Ad Campaign ‘Middle of Everything’ spotlights Illinois as the center of culture, food, outdoor adventures, architecture, history and more to attract visitors and accelerate the state’s tourism recovery CHICAGO —Governor JB Pritzker joined the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), at the Shedd Aquarium to kick off the state’s new tourism campaign,…

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Bill would require schools to offer vegan, vegetarian options upon request

April 6, 2022

Bill clears Senate; will soon head to governor By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Public schools in Illinois may soon be serving a lot more vegan and vegetarian meals, thanks to a bill that cleared the General Assembly Tuesday. House Bill 4089 requires school districts to provide a plant-based lunch option that…

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MidAmerica Airport Grant May Help Expand Service

March 31, 2022

By Randy Pierce Herald Publications MASCOUTAH – Long-term expansion of service from MidAmerica St. Louis Airport to any number of major destinations could get a boost through the help of a federal grant applied for this month by its director, Bryan Johnson, according to what he reported to the St. Clair County Public Building Commission…

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