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    Ill. unemployment and poverty rates remain the same

    by  • September 19, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    CHICAGO (AP) — The unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.2 percent in Illinois last month. That’s one of the country’s highest jobless rates. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says Thursday that the state added 5,600 jobs in the educational and health services sector in August. But Illinois lost a net 4,100 construction jobs....

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    Supreme Court hears suit over retiree health care

    by  • September 19, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has heard arguments over whether retired state government workers should be required to pay health insurance premiums. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports attorneys for retirees and the state argued before the court Wednesday. At issue is a law passed last year that allows the state to collect...

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    Feds indict Troy man for child porn

    by  • September 19, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    A federal grand jury indicted a Troy man on related to child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton. Tyler Bergland, 28, faces charges of knowingly receiving and possessing child pornography. According to Wigginton, Bergland used a desktop computer to download child pornography images and photos for six...

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    St. Mary’s hosting free car seat check

    by  • September 19, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Only three out of five car seats on Illinois roads are being used correctly. The Illinois Department of Transportation is especially concerned about the finding because automobile crashes are a leading cause of death for children under the age of 13. State officials are sponsoring sessions about the seats at 88 locations across Illinois...

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    Young stroke victim finds a pal in U.S. senator

    by  • September 19, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Here’s some feel good news for your Thursday: U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and an 11-year-old boy from central Illinois have become pen pals after both suffered strokes. The Highland Park republican’s office is releasing a series of letters between Kirk and Jackson Cunningham of Oakwood. Jackson first wrote the senator in February of 2012,...

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