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    Madigan rejects bid to end state’s lottery contract

    by  • January 26, 2015 • News

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Attorney General Lisa Madigan has rejected a proposed agreement ending the state’s contract with the private vendor that ran the Illinois Lottery. Madigan wrote the lottery’s director Jan. 16 to say the settlement could mean more fees and violate Illinois law, among other reasons. Former Gov. Pat Quinn directed the lottery...

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    Three plead guilty to federal meth conspiracy indictment

    by  • January 26, 2015 • News

    Three people from southern Illinois have pleaded guilty in federal court to a one-count indictment charging them with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Court records indicate 38- year-old Brant A. Sizemore and 37-year-old Clinton Waters, both of DuQuoin, and 36-year-old Jamey A. Carson, of Pinckneyville, pleaded guilty Friday. The indictment alleges that the offense occurred...

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    Lawsuit claims airline pressured mechanics ignore safety issues

    by  • January 26, 2015 • News

    CHICAGO — A union is suing American Airlines, claiming supervisors are pressuring mechanics to release planes beforeĀ  they are safe to fly. Local 591 of the Transport Workers Union says that union officials who raised objections were threatened with termination or even arrest. American Airlines denies the allegations, saying that it complies with federal...

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    Illinois unemployment falls to near seven-year low

    by  • January 26, 2015 • News

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois’ unemployment rate fell in December to 6.2 percent. That’s the lowest it has been in almost seven years and represents the ninth monthly decrease in the past 10 months. The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Friday that the improved jobless rate was a product of strong job growth in...

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    Number of Illinois households on food stamps on the rise

    by  • January 26, 2015 • News

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — State figures show the number of Illinois households on food stamps continues to rise. The Illinois Department of Human Service says there were 1.07 million households enrolled last month in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. That’s up 20,000 from the previous month and is the highest level since at least 2010....

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