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updated: 11/29/2019 12:21 PM

Order Lady Jackets BB apparel by Dec. 3

Lady Jacket T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts are available to order, as long as they are ordered by Dec. 3. The apparel is all 50/50 cotton/polyester. Short-sleeved tees for $13; long-sleeved tees for $17 and hooded sweatshirts for $27. Add $2 for 2XL items and $3 for 3XL items. Make sure you get the right size, as no refunds or exchanges will be done. Payment must accompany your order and make checks payable to Chester High School. No late orders can be accepted. Contact Coach Pat Knowles with questions; all proceeds support Lady Jackets Basketball.

NAMI support group at Memorial Hospital

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southwestern Illinois has started a Connection Recovery Support meeting in Chester and it will meet on the third Thursday of each month. Program coordinator is Pat Rudloff. NAMI is a grass-roots organization that provides advocacy, education and support for family members and other caregivers of people with mental illness and for people who have a mental illness themselves.

The Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for any adult who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. These meetings offer insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and are led by trained leaders who've been there. By sharing experiences in a safe and confidential setting, attendees can gain hope, feel a sense of connection and benefit from other's experiences. The group encourages empathy and productive discussion in a confidential, nonjudgmental space.

The next meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at Memorial Hospital, 1900 State St., Chester. Info: Brianne Sharrar,

Schimpf youth group goes to Springfield

State Sen. Paul Schimpf welcomed his Youth Advisory Committee to Springfield in late October to learn about the legislative process, tour the Capitol, hear from a PBS reporter covering the legislature and more. The more than 40 students from nine high schools inside the 58th Senate District also debated raising the minimum wage in a mock Senate committee hearing.

"This is a great way for young people to get involved and learn about public policy," said Schimpf. "The students were smart, organized, and passionate as they discussed and debated the legislative proposal they selected at their in-district meeting. This experience gives our future leaders a chance to see how the process works." Students came from Anna-Jonesboro, Carbondale, Centralia, Du Quoin, Gibault Catholic, Marissa, Murphysboro, Valmeyer and Waterloo high schools.

Students heard from WTTW political reporter Amanda Vinicky and former state Sen. Matt Murphy, who shared stories of their experiences at the Capitol and provided firsthand knowledge about public policy and government in Springfield.