• Mother Jones a leader in labor movement

    by  • September 1, 2014

    MOUNT OLIVE — A labor historian says there’s a lot of labor history that the public doesn’t know. Rosemary Feurer is a history professor at Northern Illinois University, and it wasn’t until her formal education was complete that she came across the Mother Jones Monument in Mount Olive. She says it was only after...

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    Vallas: Rauner plan would cost schools $4 billion

    by  • September 1, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Quinn campaign for governor says Bruce Rauner’s budget would cut $4 billion from education. It’s inevitable if the 2 percentage point income tax increase is rolled back, reducing state revenue by $8 billion, since education funding consumes 52 percent of general fund revenue, says democratic lieutenant governor candidate Paul Vallas....

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    Applications being accepted for medical pot program

    by  • September 1, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — The official applications have been posted for aspiring medical marijuana businesses in Illinois. The applications and detailed instructions were posted Friday on the program’s website. The application period opens September 8th and runs through September 22nd for a limited number of permits. For cultivation center applicants, only applications submitted to the Department...

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    Newborn OK after being left in Jacksonville trash bin

    by  • September 1, 2014

    JACKSONVILLE (AP) — Police say a newborn baby found alive inside a trash bin in the central Illinois community of Jacksonville is in good condition. Lt. Chris Johnson of the Jacksonville Police Department says authorities are still searching for the mother of the infant. The baby was apparently placed in the trash bin Saturday...

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    Woman trapped in mud was initially thought dead

    by  • September 1, 2014

    CARMI –Initially believed to be dead, a Carmi woman found near the Little Wabash River was taken to a Mt. Vernon hospital when it was discovered she was alive. The woman, 39-year-old Amy Chitwood, was trapped in mud for about 24 hours and believed to be dead when she was found to be very...

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    Marion County has highest number of sex offenders in state

    by  • August 29, 2014

    Marion County has earned a less than flattering distinction, by once again being number-one per capita in the state for registered sex offenders. While it’s generally not possible to avoid sex offenders altogether – statistics show there are 27,462 registered sex offenders in Illinois, or 21.33 offenders per 10,000 people – in some counties...

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    Unusual drop seen in Labor Day gas prices

    by  • August 28, 2014

    The late summer slide in global crude oil prices will push the cost of U.S. gasoline to its lowest Labor Day level since 2010. Better yet: prices are likely to continue dropping to 2014 lows by mid-autumn. Nationally, regular, unleaded gasoline will average $3.41 a gallon – 18 cents cheaper than 2013′s Labor Day...

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