• Law enforcement to amp up patrols for Super Bowl weekend

    by  • January 30, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities in Illinois are warning that police will be out in force this Super Bowl weekend to catch drunken drivers. Over the past five years, 18 people were killed in road accidents on Super Bowl Sunday. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, half of those deaths were in accidents involving...

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    Fire destroys Salem familiy’s home

    by  • January 30, 2015

    SALEM — Extremely cold temperatures, combined with a lot of water, made for a long night for Salem firefighters responding to a call last night on Quail Run road, just west of County Farm Road. The first officer on scene reported the front half of mobile home was fully involved, with the fire quickly...

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    High-speed chase leads to cocaine arrest in Jefferson County

    by  • January 30, 2015

    JEFFERSON COUNTY — An early morning high-speed chase in Jefferson County has landed a 43-year-old man in jail on multiple charges, including possession of a controlled substance. According to Sheriff Travis Allen, around 6:20 Friday morning, Deputy Ryan Weeks was traveling eastbound on State Highway 15 near Falcon Lane, when he met a westbound...

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    Rauner calls for bureaucratic cuts in education

    by  • January 29, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN (AP) – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner continues to hammer away at the unions and government bureaucracies he believes are behind many of state’s problems. During a speech Thursday at the University of Illinois he said he’d like to put more money into the university. But he said first the university must make cuts...

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    Illinois lags behind on addressing poverty

    by  • January 29, 2015

    CHICAGO — A new study on poverty finds Illinois doesn’t compare well to other states. The Social IMPACT Research Center’s study entitled “Poor by Comparison: Report on Illinois Poverty,” expected to find Illinois ranking among the best on addressing poverty. That’s not the case, according to the center’s research director, Amy Terpstra. Terpstra said...

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    Sunbeam recalls faulty space heaters

    by  • January 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sunbeam is recalling about 34,000 Holmes-branded space heaters because they can spray hot oil and possibly cause household damage or injuries. The plug-in heater is filled with oil. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Sunbeam received about 40 reports of hot oil spraying out and causing property damage. There...

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