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White invites entries to statewide literature contest

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois students can compete for a cash prize by writing letters to authors. Secretary of State Jesse White says students in grades 4-12 are eligible to enter the statewide contest. Students are asked to read a book of their choice and write a letter to the author

Illinois man gets 4 years for bank robberies

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for robbing two banks of nearly $30,000. The Rockford Register Star reports that 25-year-old Demontrion Phillips previously pleaded guilty to bank robbery with a dangerous weapon and bank robbery. During

Indiana women increasingly cross state lines for abortions

  INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 18,000 women traveled out of Indiana to terminate their pregnancies in recent years, according to state and federal data, likely fueled by the closure of abortion clinics and new laws restricting access to the procedure. While the number of abortions

Teachers in southern Illinois walk out in salary dispute

  MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — Teachers in the southern Illinois city of Murphysboro continue to walk the picket line in a wage impasse with the city’s school district. Members of the Murphysboro Education Association, which represents 152 teachers, counselors, nurses and social workers,

LaSalle Fire Department new station dedication this weekend

  LASALLE – LaSalle Fire Department is opening house for a ribbon-cutting and dedication of station No. 2 on Saturday. The open house is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their main station on Fifth Street. The party will move across the street at 11 a.m. to dedicate station No. 2. The