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Southern 7 Health Department, S7HD, has announced January Wellness on Wheels, WOW, Van Clinics which are scheduled in Union County. The schedule includes:  Jan. 31. Dollar General Store, Dongola. 9:30 a.m. to noon. Jan. 31. Dollar General Store, Anna, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free services which are...
The minimum wage in Illinois increased on Jan. 1, 2024. Workers will see an increase of $1 per hour from $13 to $14, the Illinois Department of Labor reported.  The minimum wage for tipped workers will rise to $8.40 per hour. Youth workers (under 18) working fewer than 650 hours per calendar year...
To help root out public corruption in Illinois, the Illinois State Police, ISP, Special Investigations Unit, SIU, has created an online form for the public to report suspected corruption directly to ISP. ISP created an online form where the public can provide information confidentially to the ISP...
Union County government’s new fiscal year started on Dec. 1. The fiscal year runs through Nov. 30, 2024. At a regular meeting just prior to Thanksgiving, the Union County Board of Commissioners approved a combined annual budget and appropriations ordinance for the new fiscal year. The meeting was...
The Shawnee Hills Arts Council is planning to present a holiday season children’s musical at the Anna Arts Center. The arts center is located in the 100 block of West Davie St. in Anna.  Performances of “A Christmas Story: The Musical” are set for 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9, and for 2...
Illinois soils tell both a story and reveal a history of how soils have changed over the centuries.  To understand more, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign needs help from residents and landowners.  During an upcoming free program, Andrew Margenot, Illinois Extension specialist and associate...
Filing of nominating petitions for the 2024 primary election in Union County ended Monday, Dec. 4. Candidates filed their nominating petitions at the Union County clerk’s office. The office is at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. The primary election is set for March 19, 2024. Next year’s...
The R3 program at t he Arrowleaf human services organization is organizing its second Violence Prevention Tour, which is aimed at students in grades 6 to 8 from Alexander and Pulaski counties.  The tour is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Shawnee Community...
The Illinois Department of Public Health, IDPH, on Nov. 17 issued an alert to consumers about an FDA recall of children’s cinnamon applesauce pouches which may contain elevated levels of lead.  At least one confirmed case in Illinois, and a total of 34 nationwide, had been linked to the product,...
U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., filed for reelection Monday morning, Nov. 27 at the Illinois State Board of Elections in Springfield.  Bost represents the 12th Congressional District in Illinois. Union County is in the district. Bost submitted 5,191 petitions signed by constituents in all 34 counties...

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