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Chester, IL – ILLINOIS COMMUNITIES ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER SOUTH OF ST. LOUIS ARE FARING BETTER THAN EXPECTED AS THE RIVER CRESTS THERE.

LARRY WILLIS OF THE RANDOLPH COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY REPORTS NO STRUCTURAL OR PROPERTY LOSS SO FAR IN CHESTER. BUT HE SAYS A PRESSURE RELEASE WELL INSIDE A LEVEE WAS SPEWING WATER.

IN ALEXANDER COUNTY, SEVERAL HOMES ON THE RIVERFRONT ARE FLOODED DUE TO SEEP WATER. BUT COUNTY POLICE SERGEANT DAVID SEALS ON TUESDAY SAID FLOODING IS ONLY MODERATE.

Galena, IL – THERE MAY BE SOME GOOD NEWS FOR MOTORISTS LOOKING FOR RELIEF FROM SOARING GAS PRICES.

GALENA-BASED OIL MARKET ANALYST JIM RITTERBUSCH SAYS THE WEAK DOLLAR AND THE SHORT SUPPLY OF OIL - A SUPPLY WHICH IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN SHORT OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS - ARE DRIVING PRICES UP. BUT THAT MEANS CONSUMERS ARE USING LESS OIL, AND THAT WILL EVENTUALLY BEAR ON THE PRICE.

HE SAYS GASOLINE PRICES ARE LIKELY TO DECLINE TO AROUND $3.50 PER GALLON IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR.

Carbondale, IL – AS A NEW BUDGET YEAR BEGINS IN ILLINOIS... LAWMAKERS AND THE GOVERNOR CONTINUE TO BUTT HEADS OVER A NEW SPENDING PLAN.

PUBLIC OPINION POLLS HAVE SHOWN DISDAIN FOR BOTH THE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS... BUT MANY STILL WONDER WHAT WILL SPUR A CHANGE IN THE POLITICAL CLIMATE.

PAUL SIMON PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE DIRECTOR MIKE LAWRENCE SAYS IT TAKES A SHIFT IN ATTITUDE AMONG VOTERS.

Carbondale, IL – IT MAY NOT BE PERFECT, BUT THE WAY CAPITAL SPENDING BUDGET WERE CRAFTED IN YEARS PAST WORKS TO GET THINGS DONE... ACCORDING TO ONE LOCAL POLITICAL ANALYST.

JOHN JACKSON WITH THE PAUL SIMON PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE ADMITS THERE IS A STRONG LACK OF TRUST BETWEEN ILLINOIS LAWMAKERS AND GOVERNOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH.

JACKSON SAYS WITHOUT A GUARANTEE THAT THEY CAN GO BACK TO THEIR DISTRICTS WITH ROAD AND BUILDING PROJECTS, LEGISLATORS ARE RELUCTANT TO PASS A MAJOR CONSTRUCTION BILL.

Carbondale, IL – A FORMER PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT HEAD AT SIU-CARBONDALE PASSED AWAY LAST WEEKEND.

JOHN E. KING, RETIRED PROFESSOR AND CHAIRMAN OF WHAT FORMERLY WAS KNOWN AS THE HIGHER EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT SIU-C, PASSED AWAY SUNDAY IN WEST COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA. HE WAS 94.

KING CAME TO THE SIUC CAMPUS IN 1967 AS A VISITING PROFESSOR. HE SERVED AS PROFESSOR AND CHAIR OF EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION AND FOUNDATIONS FROM 1968 TO 1970, BEFORE BECOMING CHAIR OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN 1970. HE RETIRED IN 1983.

Chicago, IL – ILLINOIS STATE TREASURER ALEXI GIANNOULIAS IS SEARCHING FOR APPROXIMATELY $45,000 DOLLARS IN UNCLAIMED MONEY AND PROPERTY FOR JACKSON COUNTY RESIDENTS.

THE 35 CLAIMS WERE FILED JUNE 23RD DURING THE STATE TREASURER'S CASH DASH OUTREACH EVENT AT THE JACKSON COUNTY TREASURER'S OFFICE.

THIS WAS THE FIFTH CASH DASH EVENT HELD BY THE STATE IN CONJUNCTION WITH JACKSON COUNTY TREASURER SHIRLEY BOOKER'S OFFICE. THERE IS CURRENTLY MORE THAN $5 MILLION IN UNCLAIMED MONEY AND PROPERTY OWED TO THE RESIDENTS OF JACKSON COUNTY.

Carbondale, IL – A NEW ERA IN CARBONDALE CITY GOVERNMENT IS UNDERWAY.

ALLEN GILL TOOK OVER TODAY AS THE NEW CITY MANAGER. HE REPLACES JEFF DOHERTY - WHO RETIRED YESTERDAY AFTER SERVING IN THE CITY MANAGER'S POST FOR 16 YEARS.

GILL TAKES OVER AFTER SERVING AS THE CITY MANAGER IN PITTSBURG, KANSAS.

GILL SAYS HE HAS A TRACK RECORD OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND SAYS HE'LL PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO HOW THE NATIONAL ECONOMY AFFECTS CARBONDALE.

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