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Newly elected Governor Glenn Youngkin of Virginia begins term by signing executive actions including a ban on critical race theory in public schools, lifting school mask mandates

Newly-elected Governor Glenn Youngkin of Virginia began his term on Saturday with executive actions directed at education and the COVID-19 pandemic, which notably included a ban on critical race theory in public schools and a lifting of school mask requirements. Youngkin also issued executive ...Read more

Snowmobile Safety Week across Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is reminding snowmobile operators and riders to focus on safety this winter when snowfall allows for snowmobile riding. International Snowmobile Safety Week is Jan. 15-23 this year. “It’s important that snowmobile operators ...Read more

Railroad crossing improvements coming to Triumph

SPRINGFIELD – As part of the ongoing commitment to public highway-rail safety, the rail crossing at 39th Road in Triumph is due to get gates along with new lights and bells. The Grade Crossing Protection Fund has been funding projects to improve existing public crossings, warning systems ...Read more

Former Streator Mayor Passes Away

STREATOR – Former Streator Mayor Jimmie D. Lansford passed away Saturday in Ottawa.  The 82-year-old held the position until the end of 2021.  Lansford was first elected mayor in 2010 after previously serving on the city council for five years.  A public memorial service will be held at ...Read more