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    Obit: Dean Deadmond

    by  • July 4, 2014 • Obituaries

    ODIN — Nelson “Dean” Deadmond, 91, of Odin, passed away Friday, July 4, 2014 surrounded by his family. He was born December 12, 1922 the son of Joseph and Clara (Williams) Deadmond in Odin. He married Marion “Rosebud” Helen Chappell on October 15, 1946 in Mayfield, Kentucky. She survives in Odin. In addition to...

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    Quinn orders halt to political hiring at IDOT

    by  • July 4, 2014 • News

    SPRINGFIELD (AP)  — Gov. Pat Quinn has ordered a moratorium on political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation and is requiring executive-level staff in every state agency to undergo training about proper hiring practices. The Chicago democrat’s actions come amid questions about whether state jobs were improperly filled based on clout rather than...

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    Illinois highway fatalities declining

    by  • July 4, 2014 • News

    SPRINGFIELD — Highway fatalities are declining in Illinois. At this time last year, there had been 478 deaths on Illinois roads. This year, there have been 399 – that’s 79 fewer, a 16 percent reduction. Scott Kristiansen, the law enforcement liaison at the Illinois department of transportation, attributes the decline to a variety of...

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    AG Madigan stands behind pension overhaul

    by  • July 4, 2014 • News

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is drawing a clear line between a state Supreme Court decision on health benefits for state retirees and a legal challenge to a statewide pension overhaul. Madigan spokeswoman Maura Possley said in a statement Thursday that the high court’s opinion “has no direct impact on the pension...

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    Firefighters burn site of 2009 family murders

    by  • July 4, 2014 • News

    BEASON (AP) — Firefighters have burned down the home where five members of a central Illinois family were beaten to death in 2009. Ten members of the Beason Fire Department on Thursday set the small, white, one-story house where Rick and Ruth Gee and three of their children were killed ablaze. Beason is about...

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