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    Gang expert evaluates IDOC

    by  • April 12, 2013 • News

    Former Illinois prison warden and gang expert Andrew Ott will be featured in the upcoming issue of The Gang Specialist, a publication by the National Gang Crime Research Center. In a full-page article, Ott points to issues within the Illinois Department of Corrections that are not only cause for concern, but likely the cause...

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    July bench trial on sanity of accused killer

    by  • April 12, 2013 • News

    Attorneys in the Christopher Newcomb murder case held a status hearing today regarding the status of Newcomb’s psychological report. Newcomb is accused of attempted murder for the alleged June 2011 stabbing of his elderly landlady, as well as murder for the brutal stabbing death of Centralia businessman Frank Augustine, later that same day. From...

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    Bill would abolish lieutenant governor’s office

    by  • April 12, 2013 • News

    The lieutenant governor’s office is so important that the last one succeeded an impeached governor. But it’s so unimportant that two previous ones quit out of boredom. If the Illinois senate follows the lead of the house, the state’s voters would determine whether to abolish the office entirely. Bill sponsor State Rep. David McSweeney...

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    Illinois woman sentenced in dog dragging case

    by  • April 12, 2013 • News

    An East St. Louis woman has been found guilty of misdemeanor animal abuse for failing to properly care for a puppy that later was dragged behind a pickup truck. After yesterday’s verdict, 41-year-old Benetta Johnson was sentenced to two years of probation and 150 hours of community service. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that...

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    High court might not hear health case until fall

    by  • April 12, 2013 • News

    It will likely be September before the Illinois Supreme Court hears a lawsuit over imposing health-insurance premiums on retired state government workers. The high court has a term in May. But court spokesman Joe Tybor says the time allotted for both sides to file written briefs of their cases would probably push oral arguments...

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    UPDATE: Body found on I-57

    by  • April 12, 2013 • News

    The body of an unidentified individual has been found along Interstate 57 in Union County, officials tell local media. It was discovered at approximately 3 a.m. Friday, near mile marker 38, in the southbound driving lane between exits 40 and 36. The Union County Coroner has not yet released the name of the victim,...

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