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    House speaker absent from leadership pension meeting

    by  • June 4, 2013 • News

    One of the three major ratings agencies has downgraded the value of Illinois state government credit. Fitch ratings said Monday it would drop the Illinois rating from “A” to “A-” based on lawmakers’ failure to enact a solution to the state’s public-employee pension crisis. Illinois already has the lowest rating in the nation. Lower...

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    Mt. Vernon Market Day coming Saturday

    by  • June 4, 2013 • News

    This Saturday is the first Market Day at the Mount Vernon Market, located in the parking lot of the former armory building. In addition to the vendor booths, there will be bounce houses, balloon animals, clowns and face painting for the kids. A group called Mount Vernon festivals, incorporated has received clearance to have...

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    Car chase leads to one arrest and one sought

    by  • June 4, 2013 • News

    A 20-year-old Mt. Vernon man was arrested Monday by Marion County Sheriff’s deputies, while the passenger of the vehicle he was driving at the time is still being sought. According to deputy reports, they attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Kevin J.  Johnson at Robinett and Rexford streets, but Johnson allegedly sped away...

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    Southern Illinois boatmaker announces layoffs

    by  • June 4, 2013 • News

    Leisure Properties LLC, which manufactures Crownline Boats, has announced a temporary layoff of 206 workers at its West Frankfort production facility. The company says the layoffs are due a downturn in the market for stern drive boats that stems from unusual weather patterns around the country. While Crownline Boats says the layoffs will be...

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    High Court approves DNA testing on arrestees

    by  • June 3, 2013 • News

    A sharply divided supreme court on Monday said police can continue to take DNA from people they arrest without getting a warrant. The court’s five-justice majority said DNA testing was a legitimate police arrest procedure, like fingerprinting. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the five-justice majority that taking and analyzing a cheek swab of an...

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