Murphysboro....State Rep. Terri Bryant hosted ice cream parties for several students in first through fourth grades in Anna, Carbondale and Mt. Vernon as a reward for completing this year's "Read to the Rhythm" Summer Reading Program. The students were rewarded with official letters of congratulations, certificates, and also received invitations to the ice cream events. The students were asked to read 8 books over the summer break. Congratulations to all of this year's particpants!

Murphysboro....Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has announced that his office will immediately suspend mailing out vehicle registration renewal reminders to the public due to the lack of a state budget. Those who want to continue receiving a reminder must sign up to receive electronic notices through the Secretary of State’s web site A direct link to sign up for email alerts can be found on the home page of that site.

Below is a list of information for Illinois drivers regarding Frequently Asked Questions and procedures to obtain an electronic PIN.