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    Quinn asks for $221 mil more for current budget

    by  • October 28, 2013 • News

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration wants lawmakers to approve $221 million in extra funds to spend this fiscal year. The request comes on top of the $35 billion budget the legislature approved in may. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports that a draft of the request includes $112 million to pay back wages owed...

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    Southwestern Ill. coal mine closing, nearly 200 lose jobs

    by  • October 28, 2013 • News

    A southwestern Illinois coal mine’s closure means 189 employees are out of work. The (Alton) Telegraph reports the layoffs come with the closure of the Springfield Coal Co.’s Crown III mine in Macoupin County. The company says in a statement without elaborating that “poor market conditions” forced the move. Carlinville mayor Deanna Demuzio calls...

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    Illinois leads nation in radioactive waste

    by  • October 28, 2013 • News

    Illinois is leading the nation when it comes to radioactive waste. Of the estimated 70,000 metric tons of spent fuel generated by the country’s nuclear power plants, 13 percent of it is stashed in Illinois at those plants, according to Nuclear Energy Institute. David Kraft, director of the Nuclear Energy Information Service, says that’s...

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    Fire destroys 89-year-old Royalton church

    by  • October 28, 2013 • News

    A Sunday morning fire has destroyed one Franklin County church. The First Christian Church in Royalton was engulfed in flames around 5 yesterday morning. The building was three stories tall and nearly 90-years-old. No injuries were reported in the fire. An investigation is ongoing.

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