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    DCFS takes Willow Long’s toddler brother into protective custody

    by  • September 12, 2013 • News

    Illinois state child-welfare officials have taken a 3-year-old southern Illinois boy into protective custody after authorities say his 7-year-old sister was stabbed to death by a live-in uncle. Illinois Department of Children and Family Services spokesman Dave Clarkin says that before Willow Long was killed last weekend, the agency had no involvement with the...

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    ILCS rulings could expand gun rights

    by  • September 12, 2013 • News

    A pair of Illinois Supreme Court rulings issued Thursday is pleasing to gun groups. In one of them, the High Court sided with a Chicago man who had been arrested while having a gun in a friend’s yard. Virginia-based gun rights lawyer Steve Halbrook, who filed a “friend of the court” brief on behalf...

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    Ill. meth lab seizures down in 2012; state still No. 5

    by  • September 11, 2013 • News

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Figures obtained by The Associated Press show that methamphetamine lab seizures and arrests declined nationwide in 2012, but the illicit and dangerous drug continues to hit hardest in the nation’s heartland. The Drug Enforcement Administration provided statistics to AP showing 12,694 meth lab incidents in 2012, down 5.5 percent from...

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    Ill. teen gets 45 years for role in 2011 killing

    by  • September 11, 2013 • News

    MARION, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois teenager has been sentenced to 45 years in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder in a 2011 shooting death. A Williamson County judge found 17-year-old Joshua Dallacosta guilty after the teenager opted against a jury trial and let the judge decide the case. Dallacosta was 15...

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    Ill. man ordered to stand trial in toddler’s death

    by  • September 11, 2013 • News

    A southern Illinois man who was ordered to stand trial on charges that he killed his girlfriend’s 23-month-old son got an earful in court from the boy’s grandmother. Twenty-five-year-old Kody Johnson pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder count this week in Williamson county for last month’s death of Skyler west-France. Authorities have said...

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