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    IL losing as tech leader

    by  • February 25, 2013 • News

    Illinois is no silicon valley. But according to a new study, it’s not even Wichita, Kansas! A report from the Illinois technology partnership and the digital policy institute says the state’s leadership in technology continues on the way down. Lindsay Mosher, executive director of the Illinois technology partnership, says the points include: fewer high...

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    State backlog of bills to reach $22 billion

    by  • February 25, 2013 • News

    A report from the Chicago-based civic federation predicts that Illinois’ backlog of unpaid bills will reach nearly $22 billion within five years without legislative action to hold down pension costs. The civic federation’s analysis was released Monday. The watchdog group notes some improvement since last year when it was forecasting a $35 billion backlog...

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    Anti-gun lawmakers leaning toward conceal carry

    by  • February 25, 2013 • News

    According to the Sun Times, Illinois House Democrats were told during a private caucus meeting in Springfield last week that, despite what Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez says, inaction on concealed carry could result in no restrictions, which would allow people to legally carry even a loaded semi-automatic weapon into the statehouse after...

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    Court hands down new foreclosure rules

    by  • February 25, 2013 • News

    The Illinois Supreme Court is issuing a new set of rules addressing how mortgage foreclosures are handled in the state. The court says the rules announced today are aimed at avoiding abuses during the foreclosure process. The guidelines require lenders to prove to judges that they have exhausted all possibilities to help a homeowner...

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    Possible prison time for social security fraud

    by  • February 25, 2013 • News

    A southern Illinois woman faces up to a decade in federal prison now that she has admitted stealing more than $85,000 in social security benefits after her mother died. Fifty-one-year-old Mary Barnett-Johnson of Mt. Vernon pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. district court to one count of theft of government funds. A grand jury indicted...

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    BCMW offering schoolarships

    by  • February 25, 2013 • News

    The BCMW Community Services, which represent Bond, Clinton, Marion and Washington counties will be awarding ten $500 scholarships through their block grant program. They will also award two other special scholarships, which are all open to low-income residents wanting to further their education at an Illinois accredited 2-year, 4-year college or university, as well...

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