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    Drug trial set for former southwestern Ill. judge

    by  • September 23, 2013 • News

    EAST ST. LOUIS (AP) — A southwestern Illinois judge accused of federal heroin and weapons charges is scheduled to go on trial by the end of this year. Authorities announced Monday during a pretrial hearing for former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook that his trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 9. Cook...

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    House dems want to eliminate state gas tax

    by  • September 20, 2013 • News

    Two democratic state representatives are introducing legislation to remove the sales tax Illinois places on gasoline. Decatur democrat Sue Scherer tells the (Springfield) State Journal-Register that her constituents are frustrated by high gas prices, which include a 6.25 percent state surcharge. If it’s approved, the bill would remove the sales tax starting next July....

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    State considering ATV ownership fee

    by  • September 20, 2013 • News

    It may soon become more expensive to own an ATV in Illinois. The Springfield Bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the state is in the final stages of approving a $15 annual fee for all-terrain vehicles. If it’s approved, the permit would be required starting in January. Chris McCloud is a spokesman for the...

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    Salem PD investigating burglaries

    by  • September 20, 2013 • News

    Salem police are investigating two residential burglaries. According to reports, a home on south Vincent was reportedly broken into sometime before 2 p.m. Wednesday and an Xbox and jewelry taken. Then an apartment in the 100 block of south was entered sometime before he midnight. A DVD player, Play Station, and cash were reported...

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    Additional postage rate increase looming

    by  • September 20, 2013 • News

    Look for a possible increase in postage rates soon. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says his agency is financially strapped and facing a $6 billion loss this year after last year’s $16 billion loss. A decision may be made as early as next week on a postage increase. The regular annual rate increase is already...

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