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Prairie Grove School District 46 Board, support staff stuck in labor negotiations

CRYSTAL LAKE – Support staff and the Prairie Grove School District 46 Board started labor agreement negotiations in March 2016. Now they’re in federal mediation. District Superintendent John Bute said in a news release this week that the board and the union, known as the Prairie Grove Education Support Personnel, conti [...]

Plaque dedication in Woodstock honors union leader Eugene V. Debs

WOODSTOCK – Despite some previous opposition, no one showed up Saturday morning to protest the dedication of a plaque honoring socialist leader and civil rights activist Eugene V. Debs at the Old Courthouse. Instead, a group of supporters packed a room in the Old Courthouse at 11 a.m. for a short introductory presentation about De [...]

54 Egyptian police killed in ambush, officials say

CAIRO – At least 54 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed when a raid on a militant hideout southwest of Cairo was ambushed, officials said Saturday. The ensuing firefight was one of the deadliest for Egyptian security forces in recent years. Two police officials told The Associated Press that the exchang [...]

Tillerson's Mideast aim is a Saudi-Iraqi axis against Iran

DOHA, Qatar – As U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits the Middle East this weekend, he’ll hope to achieve something that has eluded top American diplomats for a generation: sealing a new alliance between Saudi Arabia and Iraq that would shut the doors of the Arab world to neighboring Iran. While the U.S. strives to h [...]

Plaque dedicated in Woodstock honors union leader Eugene V. Debs

WOODSTOCK – Despite some previous opposition, no one showed up Saturday morning to protest the dedication of a plaque honoring socialist leader and civil rights activist Eugene V. Debs at the Old Courthouse. Instead, a group of supporters packed a room in the Old Courthouse at 11 a.m. for a short introductory presentation about De [...]


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