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    Mining accident claims life of Marion man

    by  • November 5, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    A mining accident in Franklin County has left a 36-year-old Marion man dead. Dallas Dwaine Travelstead was pronounced dead Monday afternoon at a local hospital after an incident at the Sugar Camp M-class mine in Akin on Monday. Reports indicate Travelstead was killed when a piece of coal rolled over him. The accident is...

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    Supporters amass signatures in graduated tax push

    by  • November 5, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Backers of a plan to change Illinois’ income tax structure say they’ve collected more than 150,000 signatures from supporters. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that members of the group A Better Illinois say they hope to keep collecting signatures on their petition through the spring. They want to convince lawmakers...

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    Ill. $90K for emergency communications upgrades

    by  • November 5, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are handing out $10,000 grants to nine emergency-response agencies to upgrade their communications equipment. Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Jonathon Monken (MUN’-kihn) says the money will pay for maintaining equipment that helps different agencies communicate with one another. That equipment was purchased with federal funds. Monken says one...

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    Lawmakers approve $33 mil in funding for concealed carry program

    by  • November 5, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    A House committee is approving $33 million to set up a program for regulating the carrying of concealed firearms. The Public Safety Appropriations panel approved the measure Tuesday as part of a $46.6 million supplemental appropriation. Rep. Luis Arroyo — a Chicago democrat — says only about $500,000 of it is new general-revenue spending....

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