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    Illinois regulators OK major transmission line

    by  • August 21, 2013 • News

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Regulators have signed off on a new power line that would cut through central Illinois. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the Illinois Commerce Commission approved all but 30 miles of Ameren’s Illinois Rivers Project during a meeting Tuesday. The $1 billion, 380-mile transmission line would run through 19 counties, traveling from...

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    Leader Cross stepping down from leadership post

    by  • August 21, 2013 • News

    CHICAGO (AP) — House Minority Leader Tom Cross is asking House Republicans to come up with a succession plan as he prepares to step down from his leadership post and consider a higher statewide office. Cross talked to House Republicans in a call Wednesday where he informed them he’s considering a bid for state...

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    Jefferson County warrant sweep captures 22 on drug charges

    by  • August 21, 2013 • News

    On August 21, 2013, members of the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department began an effort of locating and arresting several persons wanted on drug related warrants throughout Mt. Vernon and Jefferson County. The warrants were issued by the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s office and were signed by the Honorable Judge Jo Beth...

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    Pedestrian survives being struck by train in Wamac

    by  • August 21, 2013 • News

    Wamac acting police chief Brooks Alcorn has confirmed that a 50-year-old Centralia man struck by an Amtrak train last night survived the accident. According to Alcorn, 50-year-old Richard Tate was struck by the passenger train as it was entering the rail yard. Brooks says the train was traveling 35 mph when it noticed Tate...

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    Bail set at $150k for Ina man in meth case

    by  • August 20, 2013 • News

    A 41-year-old Ina man is in the Jefferson County Jail, after police raided a home Friday and reportedly found a methamphetamine lab. According to police reports, Jonathan W. Cooper was arrested after police entered the home at 202 Maple Street in Ina and found a large amount of meth and meth making materials. Cooper...

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    Judge warns of telephone scam involving jury duty

    by  • August 20, 2013 • News

    The chief federal judge in southern Illinois is warning citizens not to fall for a telephone scam involving jury duty and possible identity theft. The caller poses as a court official and threatens prosecution for shirking jury duty. The caller then tries to extract confidential data from the call’s recipient. Chief Judge David R....

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