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    Vernon woman found dead in backyard

    by  • May 29, 2013 • News

    According to the Marion County Coroner’s office, a 66-year-old Vernon woman has been found dead Wednesday morning in her backyard. At approximately 6 a.m., Shirley Brumfield of South ‘A’ Street was found dead in her backyard, with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Coroner reports indicate Brumfield was suffering from cancer and...

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    Du Quoin Fair entertainment lineup announced

    by  • May 29, 2013 • News

    The Du Quoin Fair is three months away, and now we know who the Grandstand entertainers will be. Billy Currington will be the headliner on the first Saturday, Aug. 24 – an exciting booking, says fair manager John Rednour Jr. “We were very happy to get him booked in on the first Saturday. We...

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    Armed man barricades himself in Irvington

    by  • May 29, 2013 • News

    According to Irvington police, at approximately 7:45 Tuesday night, officers responded to a residence on East  Huron Street, where a 58-year-old man armed with a handgun ultimately barricaded himself in a bedroom. Police reports say officers responded to a residence in the 600 block of East Huron Street on third party report of a ...

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    Illinois judge accused of heroin possession resigns

    by  • May 29, 2013 • News

    (AP) A southwestern Illinois judge whose colleague died of a cocaine overdose while the two were on a hunting trip is stepping down from the bench as he defends himself against federal heroin and gun charges.  St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook resigned Wednesday through his attorney by letter to the chief judge,...

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    Hand held cell phone ban heads to Quinn

    by  • May 28, 2013 • News

    A measure banning the use of hand-held cell phones while driving now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn for his approval, after the House voted 69-48 to give final approval to the bill. Opponents of the bill say it only addresses one part of distracted driving, and that people get equally distracted while eating while...

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    Medicaid expansion gets Illinois Senate panel OK

    by  • May 28, 2013 • News

    (AP) — An expansion of the Medicaid health care law to cover low-income adults who don’t have young children is headed to the Senate floor. The Senate Executive Committee voted 9-5 Tuesday to approve changes the House made. Democrats say the legislation allows Illinois to get the most out of President Barack Obama’s federal...

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