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    IDOT hires had political clout

    by  • May 12, 2014 • Breaking News, News

    (AP) — Dozens of state jobs involved in a dispute over whether they should be free of politics were filled by Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration with candidates who were politically connected or gave campaign money to the governor’s party. That’s according to an Associated Press review of state documents. Among those Illinois Department of...

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    Measure would address mine subsidence insurance

    by  • May 12, 2014 • News

    The southern two-thirds of Illinois is subject to mine subsidence. A bill sponsored by state Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Swansea) would provide some protection for insurance customers. Hoffman says when people pay mine subsidence insurance, they expect to get that insurance. However, when an event occurs, and there is mine subsidence, they should be notified...

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    Local grade school to close its doors

    by  • May 12, 2014 • News

    For the first time since 1863, a small southern Illinois village will be without a school. According to the Effingham Daily News, Edgewood Grade School is set to close at the end of the school year because of falling enrollment and state aid. Edgewood is about 15 miles southwest of Effingham and has 440...

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    Wesclin runner carries her twin across finish line

    by  • May 12, 2014 • News

    Here’s a feel-good news for your day. A display of compassion during Saturday’s state junior high track meet in Carterville got a lot of people cheering. Ttwin sisters Claire and Chloe Gruenke are Eighth Graders at Wesclin Junior High School in Clinton County. The twins both qualified for the state track meet Saturday in...

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    Law enforcement to crackdown on unbuckled motorists

    by  • May 12, 2014 • News

    Illinois law enforcement officers are beginning a crackdown on unbuckled motorists and impaired drivers as the summer travel season gets underway. The goal is to prevent highway deaths in the state, which now stand at about 245 for the year. The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and 500 local law enforcement...

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    Bill seeks lower tax rate for CNG, propane gas

    by  • May 12, 2014 • News

    Truckers cannot buy compressed natural gas or liquid propane at retail gas stations in Illinois, but companies that want to get into that business might get started if their products were not at a tax disadvantage to diesel. It takes more gallons of CNG or propane to go the same distance as diesel, and...

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