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    Dems: Budget deal would keep school funding level

    by  • May 24, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    (AP) — House and Senate Democrats have agreed on a proposed Illinois budget that would keep education funding at the same level and increase human services spending. Sen. Heather Steans is one of the Legislature’s budget negotiators. She says Democrats will present their 2014 spending plan early next week, after which Republicans will get...

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    Coroner: Ill. judge died of cocaine overdose

    by  • May 24, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

      (AP) A coroner says a former prosecutor who died at the cabin of a fellow southwestern Illinois judge now under federal investigation succumbed to a cocaine overdose. Pike County,  coroner and sheriff Paul Petty says toxicology tests showed that 49-year-old Joe Christ died of cocaine intoxication in St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael...

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    Theives break in to Murphysboro IYC

    by  • May 24, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Authorities in Jackson County are looking into a break in at the old Illinois Youth Center in Murphysboro. Reports state the break-in happened early last week and tools were taken from the former IYC site. The suspect or suspects are believed to have entered the property by digging under a fence.

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    IDES releases April unemployment numbers

    by  • May 24, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    The Illinois Department of Employment security has released the results of the April unemployment rates for each county.  The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the state is at 9.3 percent for the month, which is down from 9.5 last month, and most counties in southern Illinois experienced large decreases. Marion County went down from...

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    Nearly 12 percent of nation’s bridges deficient

    by  • May 24, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Nearly one dozen bridges within 10 miles of both Centralia and Salem are structurally deficient; this is according to a study by Transportation for America.  Marion, Fayette, Jefferson and Washington counties have less than 12 percent deficient bridges, Clinton and Bond counties less than 7 percent. Wabash and Shelby counties rank the worst in...

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