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    Illinois teen pleads guilty to having explosives

    by  • August 21, 2013 • News

    A southwestern Illinois teen has pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing explosive devices in his home. Thomas Lee Stanton is 18-years-old. He was a student at O’Fallon Township High School when he was arrested in April. Prosecutors say Stanton entered the guilty plea in East St. Louis federal court on Tuesday to unlawfully...

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    ACA bringing jobs to all corners of Ill.

    by  • August 21, 2013 • News

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is building an 800-person army of temporary workers to help people sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The “in-person counselor” jobs are located in every corner of the state, and range from a $9-an-hour part-time evening job in Clinton County to a $45,000-a-year project coordinator position...

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    Illinois regulators OK major transmission line

    by  • August 21, 2013 • News

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Regulators have signed off on a new power line that would cut through central Illinois. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the Illinois Commerce Commission approved all but 30 miles of Ameren’s Illinois Rivers Project during a meeting Tuesday. The $1 billion, 380-mile transmission line would run through 19 counties, traveling from...

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    Leader Cross stepping down from leadership post

    by  • August 21, 2013 • News

    CHICAGO (AP) — House Minority Leader Tom Cross is asking House Republicans to come up with a succession plan as he prepares to step down from his leadership post and consider a higher statewide office. Cross talked to House Republicans in a call Wednesday where he informed them he’s considering a bid for state...

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    Jefferson County warrant sweep captures 22 on drug charges

    by  • August 21, 2013 • News

    On August 21, 2013, members of the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department began an effort of locating and arresting several persons wanted on drug related warrants throughout Mt. Vernon and Jefferson County. The warrants were issued by the Jefferson County State’s Attorney’s office and were signed by the Honorable Judge Jo Beth...

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    Pedestrian survives being struck by train in Wamac

    by  • August 21, 2013 • News

    Wamac acting police chief Brooks Alcorn has confirmed that a 50-year-old Centralia man struck by an Amtrak train last night survived the accident. According to Alcorn, 50-year-old Richard Tate was struck by the passenger train as it was entering the rail yard. Brooks says the train was traveling 35 mph when it noticed Tate...

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