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Balloon Fest Comes to Successful Close with Two Sunday Flights

Balloon Fest Comes to Successful Close with Two Sunday Flights

Photo:  Even the ducks turn out to watch Balloon Fest on Sunday evening.  Photo by Bruce Kropp. Balloon Fest organizers are giving this year’s event good marks. The final race on Sunday went off without a hitch, but none of the pilots ended up scoring. As a result, the prize money was split and all…Read More »

Rauner rejects expanded union benefits for paramedics, EMTs

Rauner rejects expanded union benefits for paramedics, EMTs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation that would expand benefits and collective bargaining rights for city paramedics and emergency medical technicians. The Republican took the action Sunday on plans that would define paramedics and EMTs as “firefighters” for purposes of union bargaining and benefits for injuries or death. Rauner has sought…Read More »

Law allows Medicaid flexibility for ‘medically fragile’ kids

Law allows Medicaid flexibility for ‘medically fragile’ kids

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law that gives families of extremely ill children more flexibility in health care. The Republican’s action Monday affects children considered “medically fragile, technology dependent .” The law means that their expensive, highly technical care which is covered by Medicaid is exempt from managed-care organizations. The…Read More »

Illinois State Fair vendors see drop in attendance, sales

Illinois State Fair vendors see drop in attendance, sales

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois State Fair vendors say attendance and sales declined from last year. The State Journal-Register reports that vendors say the mostly favorable weather didn’t help boost sales for the fair that’s seen a downward trend over the past decade. McMeen’s Taffy Owner Joan Ehlers says her family has sold taffy at…Read More »

Concerns raised of 2 accused priests living near school

Concerns raised of 2 accused priests living near school

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet says it’ll reevaluate the residency of two priests who have faced sexual abuse allegations and live in a retirement home adjacent to a junior high school in a western suburb of Chicago. The Revs. James Nowak and Richard Jacklin reside at the St. John Vianney…Read More »

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Chacin pitches 6 scoreless, Brewers beat Cardinals 2-1

Chacin pitches 6 scoreless, Brewers beat Cardinals 2-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Mike Moustakas hit a two-run double, Jhoulys Chacin beat St. Louis for the first time in his career and the Milwaukee Brewers edged the Cardinals 2-1 on Sunday. Milwaukee (69-57) snapped a three-game losing streak and moved back ahead of St. Louis (68-57) for the second National League wild card. The…

Frazier homers as Pirates top Cubs 2-1 in 11 innings

Frazier homers as Pirates top Cubs 2-1 in 11 innings

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Adam Frazier hit a game-ending homer in the 11th inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Sunday for a split of their four-game series. Josh Harrison grounded out and Adeiny Hechavarria struck out before Frazier drove a 3-0 pitch from Brandon Kintzler (1-3) deep to right. It was…

Bobcats Win Greenville Tournament

Bobcats Win Greenville Tournament

GREENVILLE – The Franklin Park Bobcats stayed undefeated winning the Greenville Tournament with a pair of wins Saturday.  Salem opened with a 5-3 win over Mascoutah behind Griffin Day on the mound.  He struck out 7 in 5 innings of work.  Charlie Hunter and Isaak Williams had multiple hits.  In the 2nd game, Salem beat…

 
 

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