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    Obit: Brandon Helgen

    by  • July 2, 2014 • Obituaries

    VERNON — Brandon Gregory Helgen, 16, of Vernon passed away July 1, 2014. He was born the son of Gregory Helgen and Hazel Webb on September 5, 1997. He is survived by his mother Hazel D. Perkins and step-dad Gary of Vernon; father Gregory Helgen and step-mother Sadie of East Alton; half-brothers Corey Helgen...

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    Tyson moving forward with Hillshire deal

    by  • July 2, 2014 • News

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Tyson Foods Inc. has signed a definitive deal to purchase Hillshire Brands Co. for $7.75 billion, two days after the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs was let out of its agreement to buy Pinnacle Foods. Chicago-based Hillshire agreed to buy Pinnacle Foods Inc. for $4.23...

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    George Ryan released from court supervision

    by  • July 2, 2014 • News

    KANKAKEE — Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan has finished a year of supervision following his release from home confinement last summer after a prison sentence for corruption convictions. Ryan was released from prison in January 2013 and was confined at home until last July. At the time his lawyer and friend former Gov. Jim...

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    June wetter and warmer in Illinois

    by  • July 2, 2014 • News

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ state climatologist says June was much wetter than usual across the state and just a little warmer than average. Climatologist Jim Angel said Tuesday the average rainfall for June across Illinois was close to seven inches. That’s nearly three inches more than usual and the eighth wettest June on record. Angel...

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