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    Former Quinn chief starts lobbying Springfield

    by  • May 19, 2014 • News

    Just months after leaving Gov. Pat Quinn’s inner circle, former Chief of Staff Jack Lavin is back in the statehouse mix. Lavin, a longtime veteran of state government, who also served under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, opened his own lobbying shop in February and has landed a handful of contract in recent weeks. Among...

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    Centralia man arrested in Du Quoin armed robbery

    by  • May 19, 2014 • News

    Perry County authorities have a Centralia man in custody following an armed robbery in Du Quoin Friday afternoon. An investigation led to the arrest of 26-year-old Jeremy Shered, of Centrailia. Shered was located in Carbondale early Friday evening and he was arrested on armed robbery charges. The Du Quoin Police Department says three men...

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    State Supreme Court suspends former Marion County public defender

    by  • May 19, 2014 • News

    The Illinois Supreme Court has suspended for 60 days the law license of a former Marion County public defender for having sexual relations with a client, then misrepresenting the situation to two judges and the state’s lawyer disciplinary committee. Timothy Huyett agreed with the state Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission on the 60-day suspension....

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    State pays $117k to fly prairie chickens from Kansas

    by  • May 16, 2014 • News

    State aircraft are flying to Kansas and transporting prairie chickens back to the Land of Lincoln. And at a time state lawmakers are looking at raising the state income tax, Illinois state employees have been hiking across Kansas trapping these chickens. State pilots have flown between Illinois and Kansas not once, not twice but...

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    Minimum wage measure passes House committee

    by  • May 16, 2014 • News

    House Speaker Michael Madigan has set up a proposal that would put on the November ballot an advisory referendum that would ask voters whether the state’s minimum wage should be increased to $10 an hour by Jan. 1, a move that could help drive democratic voters to the polls. The House Labor and Commerce...

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