Metro-east teams climb state football polls, one is on top

An early loss by defending Class 4A state champ Chicago Phillips, combined with Althoff’s 58-15 over Collinsville on Friday, helped push Althoff into the No. 1 spot in the new Associated Press state football rankings released Tuesday.Phillips, which defeated Althoff 51-7 in the 4A state championship game last season, lost its season opener 34-26 to Fenwick.East St. Louis (1-0) held on to the No. 2 spot in Class 7A after thumbing Chicago powerhouse Providence Catholic 34-3 on Saturday. The next highest ranked local team is the Mater Dei Knights, who jumped from fourth to third in the 4A rankings following a season-opening win over Effingham.

County leaders must punch time clock

County leaders now need to submit time sheets proving they work 1,000 hours a year to participate in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. The law just signed by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner tightens public pension rules that local elected leaders have abused for decades.

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Here's a shaggy dragon story, thanks to Okinawan performers

The St. Louis Okinawa Kenjinkai, which preserves Okinawan culture, sent its Eisa group, Luck, to perform Tuesday at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville. The group uses taiko drums in dance performances as well as dragon dancers. The dragon apparently learned some moves from Fredbird. See them perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Main Varsity Gym, 2500 Carlyle Ave. in Belleville.
Steve Nagy snagy@bnd.com
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