Illinois teachers’ pension system faces $71.4 billion unfunded liability

An official from the Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of Illinois said the pension system for teachers, administrators and public school personnel faces challenges, including an unfunded liability of $71.4 billion. He says the pension system’s funding shortfalls stem from state legislation that created a continuous deficit that affects teachers and taxpayers in Belleville, IL, East St. Louis, IL Collinsville, IL, and Edwardsville, IL.

Althoff beats West in battle of Belleville schools

The Althoff Catholic High School Crusaders of Belleville, Illinois, took on crosstown rival Belleville West Maroons at the Chick-fil-A high school boys basketball touranment at Belleville East High School. The defending IHSA Class 3A state champion Althoff Crusaders were led by Jordan Goodwin, who will continue playing next season for the Saint Louis University Billikens. Belleville West was led by sophomore EJ Liddell, who already is getting attention from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

Two plus two should equal 911 in Swansea

Swansea, IL, in southern Illinois near St. Louis MO, is lamenting the mandate to combine 911 emergency call answering centers. Taxpayers stand to save through consolidation, so it is time for a choice in the village.

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SIUE students protest on Inauguration Day

Students at SIUE held a rally on Inauguration Day and smashed ceramic figures in protest of racism, sexism, homophobia and President Trump's policies.
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SIUE students protest on Inauguration Day 2:57

SIUE students protest on Inauguration Day

Belleville East force OT against Chaminade 1:55

Belleville East force OT against Chaminade

Althoff senior talks about win over Belleville West 1:28

Althoff senior talks about win over Belleville West

Trooper details double fatal crash, rollover 1:21

Trooper details double fatal crash, rollover