• IDOC struggling with backup power problems

    by  • September 2, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Department of Corrections officials are retesting emergency power equipment at the state’s correctional facilities to ensure they are adequately prepared for emergencies. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports a storm on Aug. 20 caused a 92-minute blackout at Vandalia Correctional Center. One prisoner at the minimum-security facility attacked a...

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    Baby abandoned in Jacksonville dumpster doing fine

    by  • September 2, 2014

    JACKSONVILLE — A baby found abandoned in a dumpster over the weekend is doing fine, according to the Jacksonville police. Meanwhile, the search continues for the newborn’s mother. That mother, or whoever dumped that baby, had choices. A state law allows for unharmed newborns to be dropped off at designated facilities, no questions asked,...

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    Police foil bank robbery plan in Mt. Vernon

    by  • September 2, 2014

    MT. VERNON  — An Arizona man is being held in the Jefferson County jail following an alleged foiled bank robbery late Friday morning. Clark Wayne Kirkman, 72, of Mesa, Az., was arrested around 11:30 a.m. Friday in the parking lot of Fifth Third bank in Mt. Vernon. Kirkman has been tentatively charged with robbery...

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    Shobonier woman killed in weekend accident

    by  • September 2, 2014

    FAYETTE COUNTY — According to Illinois State Police in Effingham, there was a fatal crash in District 12 over the weekend. Police report that the crash occurred in Fayette County, Sunday afternoon at 1:52 p.m., on Interstate 70 westbound at milepost 68, at the Brownstown/Bluff City interchange. According to the police report, 71-year-old Jeanette...

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    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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