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Wastseka High School trailed Chicago Christian 10-8 late in the first quarter of a Class 2A Regional final in Momence Friday, but sophomores Blake Castonguay and Ben Lyznicki connected on back-to-back 3-pointers and Watseka never trailed again.

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   Iroquois West's Grace Schroeder was named to the 2016-17 Associated Press Class 2A All-State Second Team in girls basketball, the Illinois High School Association announced Thursday. 

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   Shawn Poppie had a lot of success with the Cissna Park High School basketball team. He had a lot of success as a member of Limestone College’s basketball team.

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   When a team with a 17-9 record is facing a team with an 11-18 mark, there is an assumption which team will win. 

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  Two of the most energizing plays in a basketball game are a slam dunk and a 3-pointer swishing through the net.

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CHARLESTON  (JG-TC) -- Democratic Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar will be visiting Eastern Illinois University to speak with college democrats about his positions this weekend.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a second man has been charged in a shooting captured on video that killed two people, including a toddler, and wounded a pregnant woman.

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CHICAGO (AP) — A baby girl has died about five months after she was born prematurely when her mother was killed in a drive-by shooting in Chicago.

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DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Debbie Rohde wants what any parent does for their children: a secure future.

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials have discovered a devastating fungus that can kill popular landscape shrubbery.

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Iroquois County Sheriff's Police issued a statement Friday about a scam being reported to them.

    The Watseka Police Department is wanting to inform the citizens of Watseka of reports of a suspicious person that has been reported several times in the Watseka area. Citizens have reporte…

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 Police have caught Christian Walder, who escaped from the Iroquois County Jail last night.

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    Bond was set yesterday for a Savoy man arrested in connection with the Dec. 28 armed robbery of the Gilman McDonald’s. 

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Three men have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery that happened at the Gilman McDonald's restaurant Dec. 28 and an attempted armed robbery that occurred in the early morning hou…

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OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — GPS device-maker Garmin long has revered diversity in its workforce, even when the locale of its ever-sprawling operational headquarters — a largely white Kansas City suburb — didn't reflect it.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday:

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ALGOOD, Tenn. (AP) — As Republican Gov. Bill Haslam takes his proposal to boost transportation funding on the road, there is a growing call for his plan to include greater tax break for middle-class Tennessee drivers who pay more at the pump.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Changes announced in corporate dividends Feb. 20-Feb. 24.

New Castle's Terry Grosetti stays true to core values

When it’s difficult to fit your job title on a business card, that immediately suggests you have an unusual job. I was the Manager of University-Owned Small Residences at Cornell University and that was the most challenging job of my entire career. The small residences I managed were university-owned fraternities, sororities and cooperatives.

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Dr. Tracy Vitale was nominated for the ATHENA Leadership Award for her community contributions and role as mentor

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Health teacher innovates to educate

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The American Cancer Society event's participants raised more than $319K

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LIMA, Peru (AP) — Victims of Latin America's latest charismatic Catholic leader-turned-sexual predator are denouncing the Vatican's handling of the case, saying the six-year delay and final resolution are anything but satisfactory for survivors of his sexual, psychological and physical violence.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse and the pope's own advisers question.