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Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site receives second federal grant

Funding will support Augmented Realty project to enhance visitor experience at the site The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced that $30.9 million in grants to support 188 humanities projects have been awarded to expand access to the country’s wealth of historical resources. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is among the recipients of NEH…

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Law will allow students to vote during school hours

A measure that gives students time off to vote during school hours was signed into law Wednesday with the support of state Sen. Christopher Belt, D-Centreville. “Every vote counts, which is why it is critical to make voting more accessible for students,” Belt said. “I hope this encourages our young people to vote and show…

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Chorus grows to hold hearings into non-citizen voter registration

Officials calling for suspension of automatic registration until problems fixed By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker and newly-elected Illinois Senate President Don Harmon added their voices Wednesday to a growing chorus of state officials calling for legislative hearings to determine how more than 500 people who identified themselves…

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SIUE alumna Cann to be superintendent of Granite City School District

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville alumna and instructor Stephanie Cann has been appointed to become superintendent of the Granite City School District for the 2020-2021 school year. Cann received her superintendent certification from SIUE in 2017, and is currently working toward earning a Doctor of Education in curriculum and instruction at McKendree University. Cann assumes her…

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Illinois House Republicans seek probe of non-citizen voting

State election officials confirm as many as 16 who identified as not being U.S. citizens voted in 2018-19 By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — Republican lawmakers in Illinois are demanding answers from Secretary of State Jesse White about how 545 self-identified non-U.S. citizens were mistakenly registered to vote through the state’s new…

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Coalition renews Clean Energy Jobs Act push, could be tough sell

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois Jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – With federal regulatory changes looming and legislators one week away from a return to the Capitol, some clean energy advocates are looking to jumpstart a stalled proposal to bring major reforms to the state’s energy landscape. Members of the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition, including the legislative…

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Governor releases design funding for $83 million building at SIUC

Surrounded by stakeholders and faculty and students, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Tuesday the release of $8.3 million to begin renovation and expansion of the Communications Building at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The funding will begin the design phase for the estimated $83 million project to build a state-of-the art Communications Building. Funding is included in…

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Free radon detection kits and educational presentation offered at hospital

HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has partnered with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the American Lung Association to distribute free radon detection kits to members of the community and provide free educational presentations about the impact of Radon on the public’s health. Two educational presentations are being held on Wednesday, Jan. 22, about radon and…

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Thousands of Illinoisans to get driving privileges back

Pritzker signs bill eliminating suspensions for most non-moving violations By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Tens of thousands of Illinoisans who have had their driver’s license suspended or revoked for having too many unpaid parking tickets or fines for other non-moving violations will soon get their driving privileges reinstated. Democratic Gov. JB…

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