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    State Supreme Court rules state’s attorneys subject to FOIA

    by  • May 23, 2014 • News

    The Illinois Supreme Court has declared that state’s attorneys are government officials subject to state public-records law. The unanimous ruling released Thursday forces county prosecutors to release public records under the Freedom of Information Act. The law is intended to improve government transparency. The case began when a reporter asked for emails between employees...

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    Bill would end license surrender for traffic citations

    by  • May 23, 2014 • News

    Legislation approved Thursday by the Illinois House would allow drivers to simply sign their ticket rather than surrender their license when they receive a traffic citation. The “sign-and-drive” legislation passed unanimously in the House, 116-0, and had already been approved in the Senate. It now goes to the governor for his signature. Currently, drivers...

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    Park to be dedicated in slain girl’s honor

    by  • May 23, 2014 • News

    An Illinois community will honor the life of a 7-year-old girl this weekend with a special dedication. Willow Long was found stabbed to death near her home in Watson last September. Her uncle has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in connection with Willow’s death and will spend the rest of his life in prison....

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    Friday marks anniversary of woman’s disappearance

    by  • May 23, 2014 • News

    Four years ago today, a then 41-year-old Benedetta “Beth” Bentley of Woodstock was allegedly dropped off at the Amtrak station in Centralia, never to be seen or heard from again. Beth reportedly left Woodstock on Friday, May 21, 2010, with her friend and coworker Jennifer Wyatt-Paplham, also known as Jenn Wyatt. The two are...

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    Marion County unemployment lowest since 2008

    by  • May 23, 2014 • News

    Unemployment has dropped to its lowest level in Marion County since 2008. April numbers released by the Illinois  Department of Employment Security show unemployment fell to 8.4 percent in April, down from 10.1 percent in March and 10 percent a year ago. The seasonally unadjusted April numbers for Washington County are at 5.0, showing...

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    Task force expands scope of heroin use education

    by  • May 22, 2014 • News

    The Illinois Senate gave final legislative approval Wednesday to a measure expanding the ongoing study of a growing heroin use problem in Illinois to include the drug’s impact on younger children, according to state Sen. Kyle McCarter. House Bill 4542, co-sponsored by McCarter, broadens the scope of the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force...

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