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Flagpole recently removed from Old State Capitol in Springfield

Project is part of ongoing historic renovation   By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com People walking through downtown Springfield on Monday morning, Nov. 21, 2022, looked up to an unusual sight – a helicopter hovering over the Old State Capitol, dropping a rope and lifting away the flagpole that sat atop the bronze-colored dome.…

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Union Pacific maintains strong track record amid challenges

By DANIEL GRANT FarmWeek Union Pacific Railroad has a long history of shipping goods all over the country since its first tracks connected the eastern half of the U.S. to the West Coast. It started when Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act of 1862. Shortly thereafter, Central Pacific started laying track from the West…

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Hunters harvest over 52,000 deer during first weekend of firearm season

Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 52,354 deer during the first weekend of the Illinois firearm deer season Nov. 18 to 20, 2022. Comparatively, hunters took 48,964 deer during the first firearm weekend in 2021. Illinois’ seven-day firearm deer season will conclude Dec. 1 through 4, 2022. Other deer hunting opportunities in the…

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L&C introduces free lighted holiday trail on Godfrey campus

Lewis and Clark Community College is getting into the holiday spirit and inviting the public to come “Hiking Through the Holidays” on the Godfrey Campus this year. The one-quarter-mile lighted trail begins behind the Andy Simpson Tennis Complex and runs along the back of campus. It will be open to the public from 5 to…

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MCT donates patrol bikes to City of Venice Police Department

In an effort to facilitate the development of police bicycle patrol programs in Madison County municipalities, MCT donated RECON Interceptor Power Bicycles to the City of Venice Police Department at the start of its board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022. The new ruggedized bikes will allow officers to patrol both the streets and neighborhoods…

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OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony’s Health Center observes Great American Smokeout

Mission Partners (employees) at OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony’s Health Center in Alton marked the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 17, 2022 by learning about a new way to quit. The Courage to Quit program from the Respiratory Health Association is a free, evidence-based three-session program where participants will understand why they smoke, smoking cessation methods,…

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