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>>Francis Cardinal George Comments On Pope's Resignation

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Archbishop of Chicago says the Pope's decision to resign is an act of courage.  Francis Cardinal George says Pope Benedict the 16th has taught with clarity and charity what God has revealed to the world in Christ and has loved all of God's people with all his heart.  The Pope says he doesn't have the physical strength to continue leading the Catholic Church and will be resigning on February 28th.  George says he wants continued blessings and strength for the Pope as they search for his successor. 

>>SIUE Welcomes Gay, Lesbian Students

(Edwardsville, IL)  --  Southern Illinois university in Edwardsville gets three out of five stars when it comes to welcoming gay and lesbian students.  That's according to Campus Pride, a non-profit organization which recently surveyed schools based on the policies and services they offer.  The group says SIUE has come a long way but still has work to do.  The university allows gay couples to live in family housing units, just like heterosexual couples, makes efforts to put gay students in dorms with people who are comfortable with them, has gender-neutral restrooms on campus, and prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. 

>>Murphysboro Mayor Back On The Job

(Murphysboro, IL)  --  The mayor of Murphysboro is back on the job after suffering a heart attack.  Ron Williams spent about five weeks in the hospital after the November 17th attack and another week at home recovering.  During that time, he received five stents and was revived six times.  Williams has made a few lifestyle changes since the heart attack.  He's stopped smoking and is eating and sleeping better. 

>>City Of Jacksonville To Hire A Lobbyist

(Jacksonville, IL)  --  The city of Jacksonville may be looking to hire a lobbyist.  Mayor Andy Ezard says the lobbyist would be Jacksonville's voice in Springfield on topics ranging from construction projects to the city's state-run institutions.  He says many municipalities within the state have lobbyists and it's time for the city to go in that direction.  City Council members may hear more about the plan at tonight's meeting at 5:45.

 

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