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Mt. Vernon makes changes to marijuana and liquor rules Video included

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MT. VERNON (WSIL) -- Mt. Vernon officials are preparing for new marijuana businesses.

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Sen. Tammy Duckworth addresses issues at town hall Video included

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth hosted a town hall at SIU Carbondale Friday night, in partnership with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. 

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Immigration protesters rally outside Pulaski County Detention Center

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ULLIN (WSIL) -- A nationwide protest over the treatment of immigrants in America includes a rally in southern Illinois.

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Labor Secretary Acosta resigns amid Epstein deal scrutiny

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is stepping down following criticism of his handling of a plea deal with a wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.

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Gov. Pritzker comments on Confederate Railroad controversy Video included

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(WSIL) -- For the first time since the band was pulled from the Du Quoin State Fair Grandstand lineup, Governor J.B. Pritzker commented on the controversy surrounding Confederate Railroad.

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President abandons citizenship question on 2020 Census Video included

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- President Donald Trump won't be able to put a question about citizenship on the 2020 but that doesn't mean he's happy about it.

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Trump abandons effort to put citizenship question on census

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General William Barr says the federal government is abandoning its efforts to inquire about citizenship status on the census due to logistics, not legality.

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Bost to introduce 'Betsy Ross Flag' resolution

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSIL) -- U.S. Representative Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, announced on July 9 that he will introduce a resolution in Congress later this week recognizing the historic, cultural, and political significance of the 13-star "Betsy Ross Flag."

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Williamson County commissioner pushes for new auditor Video included

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MARION (WSIL) -- A Williamson County commissioner is again calling for a new auditor to help with the county's finances.

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Bryant clashes with Pritzker over Confederate Railroad Video included

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DU QUOIN (WSIL) -- State leaders had a heated exchange over the removal of Confederate Railroad from the Du Quoin State Fair.

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"Salute to America" cost at least $1.2 million

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(CNN Newsource) -- President Trump's "Salute to America" celebration cost at least $1.2 million.

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Federal court: Trump can't ban critics from Twitter account

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NEW YORK (AP) - The Justice Department says it is exploring possible next steps after a federal appeals court ruled President Donald Trump can't ban critics from his Twitter account.

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Sen. Duckworth town hall scheduled for Friday

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth is paying a visit to southern Illinois.

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Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot dies at age 89

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DALLAS (AP) - H. Ross Perot, the colorful, self-made Texas billionaire who twice ran for president, has died.

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Four states come together to grow the region Video included

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BALLARD COUNTY, Ky. (WSIL) -- Leaders from four states including Illinois are coming together to form a new community development organization, in an effort to help the region grow.

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Fines increase for minor traffic violations

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(WSIL) -- It's not just hands-free driving that those behind the wheel need to be conscious about, Illinois also raised the ticket fees for several minor traffic violations.  

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Williamson County working on tax incentive zone for new businesses Video included

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MARION (WSIL) -- Elected officials from several towns in Williamson County are putting together a plan to offer incentives for anyone wishing to bring their business to the area.

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What did Epstein's famous friends know and see?

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Jeffrey Epstein has hobnobbed with some of the world's most powerful people during his jet-setting life.

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Eric Swalwell says he's ending his 2020 presidential bid

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WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California is ending his presidential bid, becoming the first candidate in the crowded 2020 Democratic primary to exit the campaign.

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U.S. Rep. Mike Bost to host tele-town hall

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(WSIL) -- Congressman Mike Bost will host a tele-town hall Tuesday.

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