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ISBE proposes permanent ‘time out’ rules that protect the safety of all students and staff

ISBE proposes permanent ‘time out’ rules that protect the safety of all students and staff

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has filed proposed permanent rules for time out and restraint that are designed to protect the safety of all students and staff in Illinois schools. The proposed rules will permanently ban prone restraints, which are not necessary to safely de-escalate crisis situations. The rules were drafted in response to a report last month…Read More »

Illini sell more beer than expected at home football games

Illini sell more beer than expected at home football games

University of Illinois athletic officials say football fans have been thirstier than expected. The News-Gazette reports Memorial Stadium beer sales totaled roughly $488,000 at home games. When school officials announced plans earlier this year to sell beer, they predicted sales in the low six figures. Sales were strongest during three Big Ten football games: Nebraska,…Read More »

Pritzker signs law to bolster public-works apprenticeships

Pritzker signs law to bolster public-works apprenticeships

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday signed legislation to open doors to new workers rebuilding Illinois’ infrastructure. The General Assembly last spring approved Pritzker’s $45 billion capital construction plan. The Democrat said that the Illinois Works Jobs Program he OK’d will ensure that taxpayers statewide not only benefit from projects but are able to get into…Read More »

Michigan sales top $1.6M in first week of recreational pot

Michigan sales top $1.6M in first week of recreational pot

Recreational marijuana sales totaled about $1.6 million in the inaugural week of business at the first retail shops in Michigan. The Detroit Free Press and MLive.com report sales during the Dec. 1-8 period brought the state roughly $270,400 in revenue from the excise and sales taxes levied on pot. Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency has issued…Read More »

Illinois approves 2 more marijuana cultivation centers in Shelbyville and Albion

Illinois approves 2 more marijuana cultivation centers in Shelbyville and Albion

State officials have approved two more cultivation centers to grow marijuana ahead of the start of legal recreational sales next year. The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced sites in Shelbyville and Albion on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cultivation centers to 16. Initially, only cultivation centers that have been licensed to grow medical marijuana…Read More »

Local Sports

Harris 3 Lifts Salem To Win At Columbia….Prep Scoreboard

Harris 3 Lifts Salem To Win At Columbia….Prep Scoreboard

Malia Harris hit a three in the games final 10 seconds at Columbia to help Salem to a 32-30 victory.  It was the only field goal Salem had in the fourth quarter after leading 28-15 at the end of 3.  But Columbia would take the lead late leading to Malia’s heroics. The Lady Eagles had…

Franklin Park Beats Carlyle, Head To Centralia Tomorrow

Franklin Park Beats Carlyle, Head To Centralia Tomorrow

(Photo by Bruce Hixon – FTS Productions)   An 11-0 run in the first quarter gave Salem the lead for good, but it was a 15-0 run in the second half that secured a 43-31 win for Franklin Park over visiting Carlyle.  Carlyle trailed 19-10 at the half, but scored 8 unanswered points to cut…