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    Death notice: Charles E. Strickler

    by  • November 21, 2013 • Obituaries

    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

    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

    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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    Fire damages Illinois state lawmaker’s office

    by  • November 20, 2013 • News

    EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A fire chief says a blaze in a building that houses an Illinois state lawmaker’s southwestern Illinois office is considered suspicious. Edwardsville Fire Chief Rick Welle says no injuries resulted from Monday night’s fire that damaged Rep. Dwight Kay’s office. The building also included an insurance site, consulting agencies and...

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