State budget

The Illinois Lottery on June 27 announced a temporary change in its winner payment policy effective July 1, should funding for Lottery prizes not be approved by the Illinois General Assembly.  At the time that Monday’s Pub. went to press at around midday Thursday, June 28, a state budget had not...
Updates on uncertain financial situations facing the county’s 911 emergency communications system and highway department were shared at last week’s regular meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners. The meeting was Friday morning, June 23, at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. Union...
Budget inaction and continued uncertainty were on the minds of area superintendents during a June 20 meeting convened by State Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg, to discuss area schools’ cash flow issues. “Our school superintendents are increasingly frustrated with the ongoing impasse, and that...
Chris Kennedy Jr., near center, holding a small dog, and his sister, Kate, right, made a campaign stop on behalf of their father, Chris Kennedy, last week at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro.
The son and daughter of a Democratic Party candidate for governor of Illinois paid a campaign visit to Union County last week. Chris Kennedy Jr. and his sister, Kate, were welcomed by about 20 people during a stop at the Lincoln Memorial Picnic Grounds in Jonesboro. He is the son of Chris Kennedy,...
Victor Narusis, the director of business development for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity was greeted by Candy Eastwood, coordinator for the Center of Community and Economic Development and Illinois SBDC at SCC, during his visit on May 9. SCC photo.
Victor Narusis, director of business development for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, visited Shawnee Community College May 9 for a brief meet and greet event with local business owners, tourism bureau and college staff members.  During his visit, Narusis emphasized the...
The Egyptian Area Agency on Aging, EAAA, is planning to have three public hearings in the region to discuss a major reduction in federal and state funding and a plan for services for senior adults for the southern 13 counties in Illinois. The agency reported in a news release that discussion at the...
Topics ranging from an August solar eclipse and storage space to barking dogs, trash on local roads and finances were discussed at last week’s regular meeting of the Union County Board of Commissioners. The meeting was Friday morning, April 28, at the Union County Courthouse in Jonesboro. Solar...
 In the front, from left, are State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood; State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago; Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds; State Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-St. Charles; and State Rep. Avery Bourne, R-Raymond. Photo provided.
Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds joined prosecutors, police chiefs and sheriffs from throughout Illinois last week to meet with leaders in Springfield about the impact of the ongoing state budget impasse on programs for children that prevent crime.    “We know investing in our youth...
Hebrewz Coffeehouse in Jonesboro hosted the Union County Chamber of Commerce Thursday, April 6, for its monthly meeting. Chamber president Melanie Lasley announced that the annual chamber golf outing is cancelled. “We’re taking a year off,” she said. Lasley also mentioned the recent Union County...
The Illinois School Funding Reform Commission on Feb. 1 approved a framework that allows members of the General Assembly to create a new school funding formula. “Illinois is another step closer to fixing our broken school funding system,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said in a news release.  “I applaud the...

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