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    Lawmakers move forward on college loan bill

    by  • May 13, 2014 • News

    State lawmakers have advanced a plan to explore if Illinois could offer college loans to students that would be paid back based on income after graduation. A Senate committee on Tuesday voted 9-0 to approve a study on the proposal. Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering similar legislation that allows students to pay back interest-free debt...

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    Durbin pushing for student relief bill

    by  • May 13, 2014 • News

    A tax on millionaires would pay for student loan debt relief under a plan proposed by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) The bill would allow federal and private loan borrowers to refinance at current interest rates. Durbin says it would be fully paid for by enacting the so-called “Buffett Rule,” which would charge a...

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    Topinka says legislation not needed on bill backlog

    by  • May 13, 2014 • News

    The state’s comptroller says it’s not necessary to pass legislation to use any unexpected revenue on paying down the state’s bill backlog. According to Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, the $1.2 billion in additional tax revenue that wasn’t figured into this year’s budget is already being used to pay overdue bills. Topinka says there are...

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    Carlyle man sentenced to probation, sex crimes dismissed

    by  • May 13, 2014 • News

    A 31-year-old Carlyle man was sentenced Monday in Clinton County court to probation, after multiple counts of criminal sexual abuse were dismissed. Juan Manuel Fuentes-Nuevo must serve 2-years probation after he pleaded guilty Monday to Class A misdemeanor battery. He must also pay more than $2,600 in fines, fees and restitution per the plea...

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    Vandalia Fire Ruled Arson

    by  • May 13, 2014 • Breaking News

    Investigators with the Illinois State Fire Marshall have ruled Saturday’s fire at the Central High Apartments in Vandalia was the result of arson. Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person, or persons, responsible for Saturday’s fire that claimed the life of 63 year-old Jerry Voris.  Voris was a long-time resident...

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