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    Cougar found on northern Illinois farm

    by  • November 21, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    MORRISON, Ill. (AP) — State wildlife biologists are investigating after a cougar was found roaming near a northern Illinois farm. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says Thursday that they euthanized the animal found Wednesday near Morrison in rural Whiteside County. The cougar was between 5 and 6 feet long and weighed about 100...

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    Unions plan ‘emergency days’ to lobby lawmakers

    by  • November 21, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois unions are planning an intensive lobbying push in opposition to a developing plan to deal with the state’s $100 billion pension crisis. The “We are One Coalition” represents the state’s major employee unions. The group sent an email to members about “emergency call-in days” next week and Dec. 2-3....

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    Death notice: Charles E. Strickler

    by  • November 21, 2013 • Obituaries • 0 Comments

    Charles E. Strickler, Age 77, of Centralia, passed away at 5:17 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt Vernon. Funeral Arrangements are in the care of the Moran Queen~Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia,where friends may call for further information. Online memorial condolences may be sent to Mr....

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    Quinn adds Fayette and Vermilion counties to disaster list

    by  • November 20, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Warns Tornado Survivors of Dangers of Sleeping in Vehicles SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today declared Fayette and Vermilion counties state disaster areas, bringing to 15 the number of Illinois counties to receive the designation after several tornadoes ravaged the state on Sunday. Other counties declared state disaster areas by Governor Quinn include Champaign,...

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    Public hearings on fracking announced for so. Ill.

    by  • November 20, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is scheduling three more public hearings on its proposed regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling. The agency last week published a first draft of the state’s first-ever rules to govern the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Fracking uses a high-pressure mixture of water,...

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