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Illinois' Senior U.S. Senator, and 2nd ranking Democrat in the Senate, is responding to rumors he might run for Governor in 2018. WTTW's Chicago Tonight took at look at the potentials, and talked with Sen. Durbin about his plans.

A measure to re-appropriate funds from the School Construction Fund and the Capital Development Fund for ongoing school construction and improvements passed through the Illinois Senate Tuesday.

The measure - sponsored by Senator Gary Forby of Benton - would free up funds for outstanding school construction grants as well as give the Capital Development Board the ability to fund emergency projects.

The former bookkeeper for the Pinckneyville Rural Fire Protection District is headed to federal prison.

The U.S. attorney's office says 53-year-old Tammy Kellerman of Pinckneyville has been sentenced to 33 months for defrauding the taxpayer funded municipal entity of over 444-thousand dollars, most of which she is required to pay back.

The 2016 romantic comedy  How to Be Single is new on DVD Tuesday.  It's based on the novel of the same name and stars Rebel Wilson, Dakota Johnson, Alison Brie and Leslie Mann. Film critic Simone Becque takes a closer look in this edition of SIU Reviews.  

photo of fire at Royal Fiberglass Pools  in Dix, IL
Salem Emergency Management

Multiple southern Illinois fire departments helped fight a fire at Royal Fiberglass Pools in Dix Monday.  Salem Emergency Management officials say they provided mutual aid along with other fire crews including Jefferson County, Mt. Vernon, Centralia, and Kell. The Fire was reported around 9:30 Monday morning.  

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SIU's President says an Associated Press report showing lower enrollment in this year's freshman class at state universities is holding true for his system.

High school seniors' unease over the lack of state funding for Illinois universities is contributing to a drop in applications at a number of campuses.

Reading Baseball is a series of essays and commentaries by Richard "Pete" Peterson, the author of Pops: The Willie Stargell Story and Growing Up With Clemente.
 

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A measure to keep the Hardin County Work Camp open has passed out of a Senate committee.

House Bill 43-26 provides that the Illinois Department of Corrections will operate the facility at Cave-In-Rock.

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