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    People were polite as they entered U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood’s town hall meeting this week, perhaps surprised to find the tall rookie congressman greeting each of them at the door of the Tazewell County event. Many told him they appreciated the chance to listen and be heard.

      If you’ve been on the business end of an MRI or CT-scan, you understand the gravity of what I’m about to implore: Technologists should never, ever shake their heads, divert their eyes, furrow their brows, click their tongues, wiggle their noses or, as was the case in my instance, wish the pa…

        I should have dug a little deeper last August when I asked state lottery officials about how often big winning tickets are sold but never cashed. The data were available for “draw games” (like the daily jackpot), but not for “instant games” (the “scratchers”). Why was that?

          Normal Mayor Chris Koos probably wishes the Illinois attorney general’s office had waited just a few more days to respond to a months-old request for an opinion about the town’s rules governing public comment at council meetings.

            The speakers’ platform at Tuesday’s event where Gov. Bruce Rauner heralded Rivian Automotive’s purchase of the vacant Mitsubishi plant was a gloomy metaphor for the state of affairs between our local municipal governments.

            INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ These Indiana lotteries were drawn Monday:

            Michael Jackson’s 26-year-old nephew, Jaafar Jackson, will play the King of Pop in the planned biopic “Michael” to be directed by Antoine Fuqua. Lionsgate announced Jackson’s casting Monday for the film being produced by Oscar-winning “Bohemian Rhapsody” producer Graham King. Jackson is the second-youngest son of Michael's brother, Jermaine Jackson. He’s put out music of his own; in 2019, he released his debut single, “Got Me Singing.” “Michael” will be Jackson’s acting debut. King says that he was “blown away by the way he organically personifies the spirit and personality of Michael.”

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