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    Democrats’ tax proposal sets stage for 2014 battle

    by  • July 22, 2013 • News

    Influential Democrats in Springfield are pushing for a change to Illinois’ income tax that could become a contentious issue in next year’s elections. The proposal is for Illinois to adopt a graduated or “progressive” tax, instead of extending a temporary increase in the current flat tax or letting that increase expire. Under a graduated...

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    Fire destroys motorcycle club clubhouse

    by  • July 21, 2013 • News

    An early morning fire in Fayette County has left a building completely destroyed and the state fire marshal’s office investigating. According to Vandalia Fire Chief Ed Taylor, his department received a call at approximately 4:30 a.m. Sunday, of a fire at the Mad Dogs clubhouse in Vera, which is just north of Vandalia on...

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    Ill. man gets life term for killing family of 5

    by  • July 19, 2013 • News

    (AP) — An Illinois man convicted of fatally beating five members of his ex-wife’s family in 2009 has been sentenced to life in prison. A judge sentenced Christopher Harris to five consecutive life sentences on Friday. The 34-year-old Harris faced a mandatory life sentence after he was convicted in May on five counts of...

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    Group: few sex offenders resources at Big Muddy

    by  • July 19, 2013 • News

    (AP) — An advocacy group says there aren’t enough clinical staff members at a southern Illinois prison that houses sex offenders. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers says that means inmates at Big Muddy River Correctional Center in Ina  may not be getting enough pre-release treatment. The John Howard Association report says the...

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    US Senate committee OKs Thomson prison funding

    by  • July 19, 2013 • News

    (AP) — A U.S. Senate committee has approved funding to re-open the prison in Thomson as a federal facility. Sen. Dick Durbin is a member of the Appropriations Committee that approved $166 million Thursday to reactivate Thomson and two other prisons, buy 1,000 prison beds from private contractors and expand a program to reduce...

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