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    Probation officer pleads guilty in courthouse drug scandal

    by  • November 7, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    A former southern Illinois probation officer has pleaded guilty to drug and weapon charges filed in connection with a judicial corruption case. The Belleville News-Democrat reports James Fogarty pleaded guilty in federal court to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and unlawful user in possession of a firearm. An investigation into a heroin-trafficking ring...

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    Seminar offered in Salem on concealed carry

    by  • November 7, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Representative John Cavaletto (R-Salem), will be hosting a public seminar covering ‘what you need to know about  concealed carry’. The seminar will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, at the Marion County Fairgrounds – County Fair Building, located at 1800 Fairgrounds Road in Salem. At the seminar attendees will learn about...

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    Mandatory minimum gun law falls apart

    by  • November 7, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    The mandatory minimum gun law has fallen apart in Springfield. Opponents used a procedure to stall the bill that proponents characterize as a “trick:” asking for fiscal impact notes from the department of corrections, which the department has not yet filed. The measure would impose mandatory minimum prison sentences on repeat offenders of the...

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    Ill. lawmakers OK tax breaks, but no pension deal

    by  • November 6, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have approved tax incentives for Archer Daniels Midland Company and the newly merged OfficeMax and Office Depot. But they expect to end the fall session without action on the state’s $100 billion pension shortfall. The tax breaks advanced by a Senate committee Wednesday are aimed at getting the...

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    IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam

    by  • November 6, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then...

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