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    Chicago faces credit downgrade due to pension debt

    by  • July 19, 2013 • News

    (AP) — Moody’s Investors Service is downgrading its debt rating for Chicago because of the city’s “very large and growing” pension liability. The agency said late Wednesday it’s lowering its rating of the nation’s third-largest city from Aa3 to A3. The ratings for general obligation debt and sales tax debt are still investment grade....

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    Ill. pushes anew to block hastened concealed-carry

    by  • July 18, 2013 • News

    (AP) — The state of Illinois is amplifying its argument that a federal judge reject a legal push by gun-rights advocates to immediately start carrying firearms publicly, rather than waiting months under Illinois’ new concealed carry law. Under the law passed July 9, Illinois State Police have six months to set up a concealed-carry...

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    Illinois unemployment up slightly in June

    by  • July 18, 2013 • News

    (AP) — The unemployment rate in Illinois increased slightly in June while manufacturers and local governments cut more jobs than they added. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says Thursday that unemployment increased to 9.2 percent last month. That was up from 9.1 percent in May. June’s figure ended two months of decreasing unemployment....

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    Community pulls together for Blackhawk sports

    by  • July 18, 2013 • News

    Parents and families in Sandoval are working to save Blackhawk athletics at the junior and senior high school, after a number of sports programs had to be cut due to budget constraints. The Village of Sandoval last night approved a block party from noon until midnight on Saturday, Sept. 28, between Fats and Bubs...

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    Judge denies motion in Farina murder for hire case

    by  • July 18, 2013 • News

    A 35-year-old Farina man charged with attempting to hire someone to kill his wife was in Fayette County Court Wednesday. Mark G. Fulk appeared before Judge James Roberts on a motion hearing, in which the defense was asking the court to quash subpoenas issued in the case. Roberts denied the motion, which asked that...

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