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    Trooper blamed in deadly crash seeks license again

    by  • November 6, 2013 • News

    A former state trooper is trying for a fourth time to get his license back following a 2007 fatal freeway crash in southwestern Illinois. The Belleville News-Democrat reports Matt Mitchell is once again asking state officials to reinstate driving privileges he lost after pleading guilty to reckless homicide. Authorities say Mitchell was driving more...

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    Madigan: Legislature could return to fix pensions

    by  • November 6, 2013 • News

    House Speaker Michael Madigan says he’s prepared to pass a “meaningful” pension reform bill, and he hopes it will happen before the end of the year. The Chicago democrat says legislative leaders are waiting for actuaries to crunch numbers on some proposals they’re considering. Once they have the information he hopes lawmakers can return...

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    Mt. Vernon awarded Governor’s Cup for homeless shelter

    by  • November 6, 2013 • News

    Governor Pat Quinn announced the winners of the 31st Annual Governor’s Hometown Awards, which are presented to recognize volunteers for their work in improving their communities. The city of Mount Vernon was awarded the Governor’s Cup, a traveling silver trophy presented to the group whose efforts are deemed most representative of the spirit of...

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    Home across from fire department lost in fire

    by  • November 6, 2013 • News

    A West City family is wondering why it took so long for the fire department across the street to show up to their burning home in Franklin County. The Gray family home burned down last Friday, and they say they called 911 five times. Reports say neighboring fire departments arrived on scene faster than...

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    Man killed in Hamilton County oil well accident

    by  • November 6, 2013 • News

    One man is dead after an accident at an oil well in Hamilton County. It happened Tuesday morning southwest of McLeansboro. Hamilton County Coroner Ron Ewald says the victim, Lex B. Anderson of McLeansboro, was working on the well when a piece of his clothing got caught in a pulley and he was pulled...

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