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    Illinois treasurer OKs dozens of raises before departure

    by  • December 21, 2014 • News

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A published report says outgoing Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford gave pay raises to dozens of employees over the past year. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports raises for the 25 nonunion employees ranged from 8 percent to 36 percent. Rutherford’s office also awarded nearly $90,000 in one-time payments to 35 nonunion employees...

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    Two southern Illinois prisons on lockdown due to chicken pox

    by  • December 19, 2014 • News

    CHESTER — A southern Illinois maximum-security state prison is on lockdown because five inmates in one housing unit have developed chickenpox, while a minimum-security prison in the same region is locked down with two other possible¬† cases of the virus. Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says three cases of chickenpox at the...

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