A congressman representing a large portion of downstate Illinois will be listening closely to President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight.

Downstate Congressman John Shimkus will help negotiate the final version of the Republican tax reform bill. 

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Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in southwest Illinois is hosting two days of cultural presentations by Native Americans.  Native American artists, storytellers and dancers will display clothing, demonstrate crafts and discuss customs and beliefs on Sept. 10 and 11 at the site's Interpretive Center.

A new study done on one mound in particular at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville shows that human remains interred there, which are around 900 years old, belong to both men and women. It was previously thought the mound was for elite warrior men. That means there are new implications to be explored.

  Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site will host a nature walk through its fields, marshes and woods. Guides will lead the free hike Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Interpretive Center. It's expected to conclude around 1 p.m. and will be canceled if there's rain at the start time. Cahokia Mounds is the largest Native American earthworks north of Mexico and was part of a city built by the Mississippian culture about 1,000 years ago. The site is near St. Louis in Collinsville, Illinois. It is administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.