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    Trial date set in case of teen captive

    by  • October 29, 2013 • News

    A trial date is set in southwestern Illinois for a man accused of having held a teenager captive in his house for more than three years, fathering her child. Twenty-seven-year-old Steven Johnson is to go on trial Nov. 18 in St. Clair County on charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and being a felon...

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    Local government financial records available online

    by  • October 29, 2013 • News

    The financial records for your city, town, or county are now available online. Illinois comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is launching “the warehouse,” an online database of financial reports that her office collects from more than 5200 counties, municipalities, and special taxing districts in Illinois. “we have put all those records and other pertinent local...

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    Centralia approves plan to relocate railroad tracks

    by  • October 29, 2013 • News

    The Centralia City council last night approved a resolution also supported by the City of Wamac and the Village of Central City for the relocation/realignment plan for the Norfolk Southern Railroad for the at-grade crossing on U.S. Highway 51 north and south, also known as South Elm and South Poplar streets. With its current...

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    Marion County facing more than $500k budget gap

    by  • October 29, 2013 • News

    What was initially an anticipated $235,000 budget deficit was the result of a mathematical error for the Marion County board, which has now adjusted that estimate to a more than half-million dollar shortfall. A Monday night meeting of the county finance committee revealed the initial error that had projected revenues of more than $7,311,000,...

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    ISBE wants millions for technology upgrades

    by  • October 29, 2013 • News

    The chairman of the state Board of Education wants the state to come up with millions for technology upgrades. Chairman Gery J. Chico will ask lawmakers to set aside $250 million. He says the situation is dire: Only 25 percent of Illinois public schools have the infrastructure for online learning, and only 31 percent...

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