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    Map shows where interstate speed limit will increase

    by  • December 27, 2013 • News

    Illinois transportation officials have announced locations along interstates where the speed limit will increase to 70 mph. The Illinois Department of Transportation says about 87 percent of interstate highways and 98 percent of rural interstates under its jurisdiction will be increased to 70 mph. A new law takes effect Jan. 1 increasing the maximum...

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    AP Exclusive: IDOC intake center focus of Ill. crowding

    by  • December 27, 2013 • News

    By JOHN O’CONNOR, AP Political Writer : December 27, 2013 : Updated: December 27, 2013 5:08pm SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Inside what could be Illinois’ most important correctional facility — its main inmate intake center — hundreds of newly convicted prisoners are sleeping in a gym, a health care unit, converted common spaces and...

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    Quinn signs Home Affordable Modification measure

    by  • December 26, 2013 • News

    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to prevent lenders from selling a home if the homeowner is applying for federal mortgage assistance. The measure signed Thursday takes effect immediately. In a statement, the Chicago Democrat says “Illinois families must have access to the tools they need to protect their home.” The federal Home Affordable...

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    Iuka to receive $150k for water/sewer improvements

    by  • December 26, 2013 • News

    Governor Pat Quinn today announced more than $1.2 million in state investments in southern Illinois to support critical public works improvements, part of nearly $2 million to help rural communities improve their water and sewer systems, including $150,000 to pay for project that will design storm water and sewage improvements in Iuka. Quinn said...

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    Police ID two killed in Christmas Eve crash on I-57

    by  • December 26, 2013 • News

    Two people died and four others were seriously injured during a Christmas Eve crash on Interstate 57 in southern Illinois. Authorities say 49-year-old Jill Gibson and a 13-year-old unidentified boy died in the wreck that took place around 12:40 p.m. near Ina. The two were passengers in an SUV and both from Hopkinsville, Ky....

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    Schools to require meningitis vaccine for students

    by  • December 26, 2013 • News

    A new law requiring meningitis vaccines for Illinois teens technically takes effect on New Year’s Day, although the rollout is  going to be slow. The law requires students entering sixth and twelfth grade be inoculated or get booster shots. The state health department still has to develop rules for enforcing the law, so it’s...

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