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Illinois launches campaign to prevent abuse of seniors

Illinois is launching a $2.1 million campaign to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of seniors and adults with disabilities, a problem officials fear has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic

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Cook County residents can report police misconduct online

The Cook County state’s attorney’s office is launching a new online process to report allegations of police misconduct including excessive form and intimidation

Murphysboro mayor hopes to rename park after 'trailblazer'
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Murphysboro mayor hopes to rename park after 'trailblazer'

MURPHYSBORO, Ill (AP) — Will Stephens has wanted to rename Town Center Park for nearly five years, but he’s never been able to settle on who it should be named after. He’s decided it should be the namesake of one of the city’s most influential Black citizens.


Stephens announced Wednesday on Facebook that he planned to make a motion to rename Town Center Park after Carl Lee, according to the Southern Illinoisan. In his post, Stephens detailed Lee’s many accomplishments, including attempting to integrate Murphysboro Township High School in 1916, when he was 18 years old. Lee was also among the first Black graduates from then Southern Illinois Normal University. Stephens described him as a “trailblazer and pathfinder.”


“He was a person who was undeterred by obstacles. He was a person that believed in hard work and education,” Stephens said Wednesday.


Murphysboro Councilman Russell Brown knew Lee both as an educator and a friend.

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Community college seeks help with children's face masks

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A Danville Area Community College dean is appealing to the public for help making cloth face masks that will prepare children at a neighboring elementary school for the first day of school whenever that may be.


Laura Williams, dean of adult education and literacy at DACC, told the Commercial-News that the college partnered with nearby Meade Park Elementary School several months ago as part of DACC President Stephen Nacco’s BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) challenge.


Williams’ BHAG is to help the schoolchildren at Meade Park develop a strong connection to DACC and think “college.”

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Two found dead in Kansas City home, police investigating

Kansas City, Missouri, police are investigating after two people were found dead in a home Friday afternoon

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Missouri judge denies injunction in mail-in ballot case

A judge rejected Friday a motion that that would have immediately made it easier for Missourians to vote with a mail-in ballot during the coronavirus pandemic

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Missouri reports 472 more COVID-19 cases

The Missouri Department of Heath and Senior Services is reporting 472 more confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 27,133

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Illinois State program plans virtual camp for music students

Aspiring string musicians in Illinois can sign up for a virtual camp offered by the Illinois State University String Project this month

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Nearly 1,200 positive virus tests reported in Illinois

State health officials say nearly 1,200 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus have been reported in Illinois

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5 killed including teen in Chicago weekend gun violence

Chicago Police say five people including a 15-year-old boy have been killed in separate shootings from Friday afternoon into early Saturday