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    War of phony press releases breaks out in governor’s race

    by  • June 27, 2014 • News

    SPRINGFIELD — A war of phony press releases has broken out between the state’s republicans and democrats. Gov. Pat Quinn’s campaign started it by sending out the information for two closed-to-the-public events for Bruce Rauner. The emails claimed Rauner was “emerging from hiding” to answer questions about how his daughter got admitted into a...

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    Judge strikes down two ballot questions

    by  • June 27, 2014 • News

    CHICAGO — A Cook County judge Friday morning has struck down two proposed constitutional amendments that were planned to appear on the November general election ballot. Circuit Court Judge Mary Mikva ruled against the Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits and in favor of the House Speaker Michael Madigan-backed lawsuit to prevent the...

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    Quinn program gave money to non-existent nonprofit

    by  • June 25, 2014 • News

    CHICAGO (AP) — A published report says Gov. Pat Quinn’s scandal-plagued anti-violence initiative directed thousands of dollars to a program for ex-offenders that never existed. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Wednesday that Project Hope, Inc., received nearly $16,000 in state money through the 2010 Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. The newspaper cites state records that show it...

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    Kohl’s recognizes Centralia teen for volunteerism

    by  • June 25, 2014 • News

    MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. — On Wednesday, Kohl’s department stores’ will recognize more than 2,300 young volunteers nationwide who have made a positive impact in their communities through volunteerism, including one young woman from Centralia. One hundred twenty-nine youth from Illinois, including 14-year-old Hanna Garrison, of Centralia, will each receive a $50 gift card and...

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    State treasurer holding online auction

    by  • June 25, 2014 • News

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ treasurer’s office has announced that it will auction almost 9,000 pieces of unclaimed property, including vintage coins, jewelry and presidential campaign buttons.  The treasure trove comes from owners who haven’t claimed the items from the state for at least five years. The state receives the items from owners of unclaimed security...

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    Stabbing case stalls against Iuka man

    by  • June 25, 2014 • News

    SALEM — Marion County prosecutors decided Tuesday to not pursue charges at this time against a 27-year-old Iuka man they had previously charged with stabbing a Centralia man in the stomach following a dispute over a pair of shoes. Robert Vorce was first arrested in early March, and charged with home invasion causing injury,...

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