• Permits soon available for controlled pheasant hunting

    by  • July 25, 2014 • 0 Comments

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — State officials say permits for controlled pheasant hunting in Illinois will soon be available. In a Wednesday news release, state officials say 16 of 20 pheasant hunting sites are operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The others are operated in a private-public partnership. The state’s reservation system for online...

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    Starkly contrasting numbers in area unemployment

    by  • July 25, 2014 • 0 Comments

    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Employment Security has released the June unemployment rates, which went up in some counties after a few months of dropping. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the state is at 7.1 percent, that’s up from 7.5 percent in May. The nation’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is at 6.1,...

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    West Nile mosquito pool confirmed in Ashley

    by  • July 25, 2014 • 0 Comments

    NASHVILLE — The Washington County Health Department has confirmed a West Nile Virus positive mosquito pool has been found in Washington County. A sample was collected and tested positive on July 22, 2014 in Ashley by the Illinois Department of Public Health, as they test in that area. WCHD Director of Environmental Health Jamie...

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    IL insurance customers to benefit from refunds

    by  • July 25, 2014 • 0 Comments

    CHICAGO (AP) — The federal government says more than 108,000 Illinois health insurance customers will benefit from more than $8 million in refunds because of a provision of the nation’s health care law. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the figures Thursday. The law requires insurance companies to spend at least...

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    Group wants faster development of fracking rules

    by  • July 24, 2014 • 0 Comments

    SPRINGFIELD — A coalition of business and labor groups wants the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to move faster in implementing hydraulic fracturing rules. The group calls itself “Growing Resources and Opportunity for the Workforce in Illinois,”  (GROW-IL). The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports the coalition held a news conference Thursday to call...

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