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Monday, February 24, 2020
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Local school principals are sharing some of their concerns involved with the morning drop off routines. "These concerns may have an impact on the safety of our students," Washington Grade School Principal, Jason Stark said.

Plans for all-inclusive playground at park moving forward
Even though it's arrival is in the distant future, the Robinson City Park will welcome any aid in the development of its newest attraction.

During a city council meeting last month, plans to advertise for bids for a new all-inclusive playground were approved.

Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mike Shimer told the Daily News that the playground will be installed south of the current playground on the east side of the park.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Playing Through
Playing Through
Giant vessels for Marathon's latest project arrived in Robinson Thursday. Moving the oversized items required closing streets and moving street signs and traffic signals out of the way. According to a Marathon spokesman, additional vessel components to enhance continued refinery operations will arrive next Thursday. (Randy Harrison photos)

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Redistricting gets bipartisan push
State Sen. Dale Righter is among state lawmakers seeking to reform the state's current system of drawing voting maps.

Righter (R-Mattoon) is one of the co-sponsors of Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 18 (SJRCA18), also known as the Fair Maps Amendment, an effort to empower voters by removing lawmakers from the redistricting process.
• Building renovation approved; new lamps to be added around square
• Facelift coming for LTC natatorium
• Statesmen Park work ready to resume when weather improves
• Over-sized vessels on the way to refinery

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Lincoln Trail baseball team wins one of three over the weekend
Lincoln Trail College's baseball team was finally able to get in the win column on the young season, but not before they dropped two more games.

After losing all three of their games (one was an exhibition) on their opening weekend in Georgia, the Statesmen returned to Georgia this past weekend for a three-game series with Georgia Highlands College and went 1-2, salvaging the third game to avoid a sweep.

• LTC drops pair at Olney Central
• Maroons knock off Marshall, 70-58
• Tigers lose to Clay City, Ind., 93-49
• Panthers can't keep pace with South Central in 74-49 loss

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Stone sentence illustrates court problem
The Federal Sentencing Guidelines went into effect while I was serving as a Judicial Clerk to a federal judge here in Illinois. The judge had been on the bench since Carter had nominated him and this was some years later. One of the policy changes the new administrations thought needed was to remove discretion from judges when it came to sentencing.
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• Does Illinois need a national park?

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