Experience key difference in voting for state senators

November 1, 2012

The Southern Our View: Our region’s incumbent senators, Republican Dave Luechtefeld and Democrat Gary Forby, deserve your support for re-election. In some elections, voters face a choice between officer seekers who appear to be something other than top-shelf candidates. The … Continue reading


Forby hosts Harvest Festival

October 16, 2012

HARRISBURG – State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) held a Harvest Festival at a home outside of Harrisburg last Friday. The festival was meant to bring together people from all over the district to talk about the issues facing the state … Continue reading


List of Forby Endorsements Continues to Grow

October 3, 2012

MARION — State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) said today that he is humbled by the number of endorsements he has received in his bid for re-election from prominent organizations throughout the state. “It is certainly a humbling feeling to get … Continue reading


Annual IBEW picnic brings workers, families together

September 5, 2012

BY SCOTT FITZGERALD, The Southern DU QUOIN — Tree trimmer David Harsy of Du Quoin sat at a picnic table Monday with his son, Caleb, and enjoyed a cold soda at the annual Labor Day Picnic hosted by International Brotherhood … Continue reading


Forby: My opponent owes our region an apology

August 13, 2012

BENTON – State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) said today that his opponent owes Southern Illinoisans an apology following comments he made during a recent radio talk show. In a discussion on the Tom Miller Show (Tuesday, August 7, 2012) the Rev. Mark Minor, Republican candidate … Continue reading


New Career Technology Center planned for Shawnee Community College

August 8, 2012

Ullin —State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) joined college officials, SCC board members, and other local dignitaries for a special groundbreaking ceremony marking the beginning of construction on a new Career Technology Center. The 7,200-square-foot technical classroom and lab facility will … Continue reading


Forby Endorsed by Illinois Firefighters

August 1, 2012

Download release SESSER — State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) has earned the endorsement of the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois. The organization represents over 15,000 professional firefighters in 213 communities in Illinois. “I’m very proud of this endorsement,” Forby said. … Continue reading


Two Businesses Eyeing Marion’s STAR Bond District

July 18, 2012

Link to original article MARION — Developers announced Tuesday that two major businesses are looking to move in to Marion’s STAR Bond district. It’s been more than two years since the state passed legislation setting up the STAR Bond district … Continue reading


Senator Forby Attends Seventh Annual Ray Ruzich Poker Run

July 16, 2012

State Senator Gary Forby (D-Benton) shakes the hand of U.S. Marine Aaron Coleman, a 2005 graduate of Johnston City High School, who just returned home from Afghanistan. Coleman attended the Seventh Annual Ray Ruzich Poker Run held at Black Diamond … Continue reading


Lawmakers Plan to Override Slated Facility Closures

July 14, 2012

Click here to read this article WSIL — Illinois lawmakers have a new strategy for stopping the closure of state facilities. They now say they’ll try to override the governor’s veto of the funding. They’re also asking the governor to … Continue reading