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Governor Says He’ll Sign Insulin Price Cap Approved By Legislature

Amended bill, approved Thursday by Senate, will increase cap by consumer price index each year By Jerry Nowicki Capitol News Illinois Jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — A cap on prescription insulin costs for some health insurance plans is headed to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who said Thursday he looks forward to signing the measure. Supporters of the bill…

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St. Clair County Commission Offers Veterans Assistance

By Randy Pierce Herald Publications People who have served in the nation’s armed forces and now live in St. Clair County who are suffering because of difficult financial conditions they are experiencing may find support in a special commission set up for their benefit as a result of the Illinois Military Veterans Assistance Act which…

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McKendree University Board Names Daniel C. Dobbins President

LEBANON – Daniel Lett, chairman of the McKendree University Board of Trustees, announced today that at the Saturday, Nov. 3, 2019, board meeting, Daniel C. Dobbins was elected the 33rd president of McKendree University. Dobbins will take office on Jan. 1, 2020. He succeeds Dr. James M. Dennis, who announced his retirement as president earlier…

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Senator Manar To Push Bill Making Daylight Saving Time Permanent

Cites studies showing twice-yearly change is unhealthy By Peter Hancock Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — If Sen. Andy Manar has his way, people in Illinois would move their clocks ahead one hour this coming spring, then never have to change them again. Manar, D-Bunker Hill, said in a Twitter post Wednesday he plans to…

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Mascoutah Fall Festival of Fun!

By Pamela Rensing mascherald@heraldpubs.com It was an absolutely perfect day for the annual Mascoutah Fall Fest held Saturday, Oct. 19.  The weather and the visitor turn-out was unbelievable! Main Street was blocked off to traffic for this annual kick off to Autumn.  The Chili/Soup Cook-Off was held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The Car…

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New Baden Moves Forward on Cannabis Consideration

By Randy Pierce ccn@heraaldpubs.com No definite decisions have been made as yet but a clearer idea of what kind of decisions have to be made is where the members of the New Baden Village Board of Trustees now stand regarding the issue of the sale of recreational cannabis in the community. At both the meeting…

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Rep. Allen Skillicorn Calls for Repeal of Gas Tax Hike in Wake of Investigation into Sen. Martin Sandoval

CRYSTAL LAKE – State Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-Crystal Lake) says legislators should repeal the current tax hike and infrastructure improvement bill and start over in light of the FBI investigation into Sen. Martin Sandoval, the architect of the recent massive gas tax increase. “There is no process in the infrastructure bill for which projects will…

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Officials Applaud License Law Aiding Military Families

Illinois Business Journal staff report Herald Publications A new law designed to help military members and spouses with professional licenses is getting praise from Southwestern Illinois leaders who believe it will strengthen the economic vitality of Scott Air Force Base and the surrounding community. House Bill 1652 aims to expedite licensure reciprocity and should make…

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