Born in the shadow of 9/11

By Steven Spearie The State Journal-Register Jordan Bruder is too young to remember the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. But she recalls growing up believing the blame for the the 9/11 attacks was squarely put “on Muslim people,” an indictment some people in the towns she grew up in south central Illinois continue to harbor…

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ISP Firearms Services Bureau Provides Firearms Dealer License Certification Act and FOID Services Updates

The Illinois State Police (ISP) Firearms Services Bureau (FSB) is announcing the opening of the public comment period for rules regarding the Firearms Dealer License Certification Act (FDLCA), as well as providing a public update to the agency’s Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) efforts to date. With the strong support of Governor JB Pritzker, the ISP…

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Bruce Nowlin

Bruce Nowlin, 67, of Troy, IL, born August 14, 1952 in Vandalia, IL passed away August 28, 2019 in Freeburg, IL. Friends may call 10 to 11 am Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Richeson Funeral Home, Troy, IL Services will be held 11 am Saturday at Richeson Funeral Home, Troy, IL with Fred Francis officiating. …

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Rocketman

by Hans A. Carpenter hans@freeburgtribune.com Release Date: June 2 MPAA: R Starring: Taron Egerton, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Jamie Bell Mister Marquee Says: Meh Number: 3.5/5 Rocketman tells the story of how a young Reggie Dwight (Taron Egerton) becomes superstar Elton John. It details his troubled personal relationships and descent into addiction, as well as…

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

by Hans A. Carpenter hans@freeburgtribune.com Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Release Date: August 9 MPAA: PG-13 Director: André Ovredal Starring: Zoe Margaret Colleti, Michael Garza, and Gabriel Rush Mister Marquee Says: Not so scary, not enough stories. Number: 2/5 Stella (Zoe Margaret Colleti) and her friends go to the haunted house of local…

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Good Boys

by Hans A. Carpenter hans@freeburgtribune.com Release Date: August 16 MPAA: R Director: Gene Stupnitsky Starring: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, and Brady Noon Mister Marquee Says: Superbad Jr. Number: 4/5 Max (Jacob Tremblay), Lucas (Keith L. Williams), and Thor (Brady Noon) are set to go to a kissing party with the popular kids, but none…

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New gun dealer regulations proposed in Illinois

Requirements come from new law that is under court challenge   By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com   SPRINGFIELD — Following through on a new law that Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed in January, the Illinois State Police published a set of proposed new regulations requiring gun dealers in Illinois to comply with stricter security…

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New law will abolish State Charter School Commission

Authority will be transferred to State Board of Education   By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com   SPRINGFIELD – The state commission that oversees charter schools is set to be abolished next year while its powers and duties will be transferred to the Illinois State Board of Education.   That’s the result of Senate…

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In reversal, Aunt Martha’s will now accept federal funds

Says it can abide by new guidelines on abortion referrals without impacting service   By REBECCA ANZEL Capitol News Illinois ranzel@captiolnewsillinois.com   SPRINGFIELD — Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness, one of Illinois’ three family planning organizations, confirmed it will accept federal funds it previously declined because its medical providers are now confident they can comply…

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Pritzker signs bill phasing in $40K minimum teacher pay

Goal is to address statewide teacher shortage   By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com   SPRINGFIELD – Some teachers in Illinois will get a pay raise starting next year, thanks to a bill that Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law recently.   House Bill 2078, which passed the General Assembly in the final…

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