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    Man sentenced to 12 years for child sex assault

    by  • July 5, 2013 • News

    According to Jefferson County State’s Attorney Doug Hoffman, 26-year old Michael C. Bratcher pleaded guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and was sentenced to serve 12 years in prison, followed by parole of 3 years to life. He must serve at least 85 percent or just over 9 years of his...

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    Illinois economy shows strongest indicators in years

    by  • July 5, 2013 • News

    A monthly measure of Illinois’ economy is the highest it has been in six years. The Flash Index, put out by the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs, reads 106.3 for June. It’s a weighted average of personal income, consumer spending, and corporate earnings; 100 is the break-even point between economic...

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    Illinois Lt. Gov. wants abolitionist clemency

    by  • July 4, 2013 • News

    (AP) — Illinois’ lieutenant governor is seeking clemency for Illinois abolitionists convicted for fighting slavery. The Carbondale Democrat’s office is working with historians and experts to identify men and women around Illinois who were convicted of violating slavery laws. Slavery was abolished in Illinois in 1824, but laws prohibited people from harboring or helping...

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    35-year-old coal miner dies in southern Illinois

    by  • July 4, 2013 • News

    (AP) — Peabody Energy is identifying a miner killed in an underground coal mine in southern Illinois as a 35-year-old Galatia man. KFVS-TV reports St. Louis-based Peabody says Nathan Clarida died in the accident Tuesday afternoon in the Wildcat Hills Mine near Eldorado in Saline County. The Mine Safety and Health Administration says Clarida...

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    IDOT announces holiday roadwork schedule

    by  • July 4, 2013 • News

    With thousands of motorists expected to travel on state roadways over the Independence Day holiday week, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced that non-emergency roadwork will be suspended where possible from now through Sunday to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow. IDOT is also providing advance notice of lane closures that will be in...

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