For Your Health: Don’t sugarcoat the health risks of sugary drinks

By Graham A. Colditz Siteman Cancer Center We have a love affair with sugary drinks in the U.S. And it may, quite literally, be killing us. About 25,000 deaths each year are linked to drinking beverages like full-sugar sodas, sports drinks and energy drinks. It’s a startling number, especially for something so common that we…

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Christine Mary Hausmann

Christine Mary Hausmann, nee Yarber, 59, of Smithton, IL, born September 27, 1959, in East St. Louis, IL, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at her residence. Family and close friends are invited to visit the family from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, IL. …

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Lawmakers call for review of Goodwill’s state contracts after reports of disabled worker layoffs

Pressure still on Illinois not-for-profit despite its reversal of controversial decision By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois Jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — State lawmakers are calling for a review of state contracts and funding awarded to Land of Lincoln Goodwill, a not-for-profit thrift store chain, after a news report revealed the company’s decision to lay off several…

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Firearms dealers, state rifle association challenge new licensing law

Act requires Illinois gun dealers to obtain state license, comply with strict standards By Peter Hancock Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – A group of firearms dealers along with the Illinois State Rifle Association filed a lawsuit this week seeking to overturn a new state law that imposes new, stringent requirements on firearms dealers in…

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Spider-Man: Far From Home

by Hans A. Carpenter hans@freeburgtribune.com Release Date: June 28, 2019 MPAA: PG-13 Director: Jon Watts Starring: Tom Holland, Samuel L Jackson, Zendaya Mister Marquee Says: Eurotrip Number:4/5 Peter Parker (Tom Holland) wants to take a break from superhero work and enjoy a class trip to Europe. Things don’t go his way when Nick Fury (Samuel…

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Secretary of state wants protection of undocumented immigrants made law

His office has denied ICE, others access to all driver’s license photos   By REBECCA ANZEL Capitol News Illinois ranzel@capitolnewsillinois.com   SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ secretary of state is pursuing legislation to codify the office’s long-held policy of not giving federal agencies full access to its database of driver’s license photographs as a means to identify…

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Governor calls on flood-affected residents to report damage

  State becomes eligible for federal relief once $19 million in total damages logged   By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois Jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com   SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office is urging Illinoisans to report any damages caused by recent flooding to their county’s emergency management agencies in order to increase the likelihood of the state…

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Audit: State’s technology department full of waste, unequipped to deal with disaster

‘Technician error’ led to 3 percent loss of data storage this week   By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois Jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com   SPRINGFIELD — In its first two years of existence, the state’s lead technology agency was not equipped to handle technology disasters, maintained servers and computers with inadequate or nonexistent anti-virus protection, failed to implement…

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State lawmakers who voted to reject pay raises violated the law, judge rules

  Two former lawmakers seek back pay, likely opening legal door for others   By REBECCA ANZEL Capitol News Illinois ranzel@capitolnewsillinois.com   SPRINGFIELD — Every lawmaker who served in the General Assembly between 2009 and 2018 might be entitled to back pay, a Cook County judge decided. Former governors and other state office holders might…

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For Illinois rocket scientists, Apollo launched career dreams

By Ken DeCoster Rockford Register Star ROCKFORD — Fifty years after the Apollo 11 lunar landing, some of the region’s rocket scientists are recalling how the historic mission inspired them to work in the space program — and predicting that the U.S. will resume crewed space missions to the moon and beyond.   Retired engineer…

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