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    Road group seeks tax tied to gas cost

    by  • June 12, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Illinois transit advocates are proposing a plan to fix the state’s deteriorating roads through a new tax that would raise the price at the gas pump. The Transportation for Illinois Coalition says the $800-million-dollar-a-year plan is necessary to get a toehold on needed repairs to roads, bridges and rails. The influential group is pushing...

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    Carbondale crime lab to close

    by  • June 12, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    The only forensic crime lab in southern Illinois is scheduled to close by this time next year. The governor is consolidating the crime lab in Carbondale with a new facility in Belleville in order to save money. Jackson County State’s Attorney Mike Carr says law enforcement can still investigate and prosecute crimes without the...

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    Marion County approves Jefferson County joining ROE

    by  • June 12, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    The Marion County Board last night approved a request from the Jefferson County Regional Office of Education to consolidate with Regional Office 13. Currently ROE 13 consists of Marion, Clinton and Washington counties. Consolidation would add Jefferson County. State legislation that goes into effect in July 2015 mandates that the number of regional offices...

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    Bar owner suing Junction City

    by  • June 12, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    A local bar owner has filed suit in federal court against the Village of Junction City, its former mayor and its police officers, and seeks more than $100,000 in damages and expenses. William Joe Blunt, owner of the Hideout in Junction City, alleges among other things that the defendants worked to drive him out...

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    Mother and caretaker charged with murder of autistic boy

    by  • June 12, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Prosecutors say a suburban Chicago mother and caretaker planned for more a week to kill a 14-year-old boy with severe autism. A Cook County judge denied bond Wednesday for 50-year-old mother Dorothy Spourdalakis and 40-year-old caretaker Jolanta Skrodzka. Both women are charged with first-degree murder. Authorities say 14-year-old Alex Spourdalakis was stabbed numerous times...

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