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A southern Illinois lawmaker is launching a program to help children placed in emergency foster care.

State Representative Dave Severin says far too often, these children are removed from their homes in an undignified manner.

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Republicans in Illinois 117th State House district will have a choice to make in March: Keep their incumbent representative, or select someone new.

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Benton republican Dave Severin says he'll seek a 3rd term representing the 117th District in the Illinois House.

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A patriotic celebration took place the day before Independence Day in Williamson County.

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The Illinois House Tuesday approved 15-percent pay increases for incoming cabinet members.

The 49 positions include the director of prisons, the transportation secretary and the directors of other agencies governing human services, health care, the environment and more.

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The Franklin County town of Orient is celebrating its 100th birthday.

A southern Illinois lawmaker is part of a newly established task force that will try to increase the use of Illinois coal.

House Minority Leader Jim Durkin appointed Representative Dave Severin of Benton to the group that will study the costs and benefits of using the latest scrubber technology to allow Illinois coal mined in the state to be burned in the state as well.

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Governor Bruce Rauner Tuesday visited Herrin Junior High School and discussed the need to pump more funding into K through 12 education.

Three new Republicans will take the oath of office Wednesday, pledging to serve the state and, more specifically, southern Illinois.

New members of the General Assembly will be take office in January. We plan to catch up with them to see why they want the job and what they hope to accomplish.

In an era of political gridlock, one of the few topics on which there's been hope of bipartisan cooperation is on the issues of crime and punishment.

Politicians have traditionally been averse to doing anything that could get them painted as being "soft on crime."

It's an easy attack, and one that's been frequently deployed in the past. But this year, criminal justice reform advocates are fighting back.

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The republican candidate in the 117th district Illinois House race says his opponent in November is too loyal to Speaker of the House Michael Madigan.
 
Dave Severin is calling on 117th district representative John Bradley and all of his colleagues in the House to take a pledge to fire the longtime Speaker.