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School Lead Legislation

Governor Bruce Rauner puts his stamp of approval on a new bill requiring lead testing for Illinois elementary schools and daycares. Charleston Superintendent Jim Littleford says it's important for the school district but it's going to be expensive. Littleford said,"I think it's a very good idea. A lot of the legislation that is passed now a days has good fact base reasons for doing the things th ... READ MORE >>

MLK Jr. Service Day

Service projects around the United States worked to honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s work and dedication for our country. Here in Charleston, students and community members rose to the occasion and volunteered their day off to make a difference. Director of Civic Engagement and Volunteerism at Eastern Illinois University Beth Gillespie says she believes honoring Dr. King's legacy is important for ... READ MORE >>

EIU Vitalization Recommendations

A list of recommendations for the EIU's vitalization project is in. For the last few months a team of nearly 70 Eastern Illinois University administrators, faculty and students have been working to identify new marketing strategies, program sustainability and student enrollment growth. The team was split up into nine different work groups. Some of the recommendations include consolidating or ... READ MORE >>

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Effingham Train Quiet Zone

City officials are talking about making Effingham a "quiet zone" because of the number of trains rolling through the city. The subject has been talked about for a long time, but is now gaining some momentum. As News Watch's Jesse Guinn found out, residents say the noise can be a nuisance, so they hope the plan goes full steam ahead! ... READ MORE >>