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    Senate to address pension overhaul

    by  • May 30, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    Senate President John Cullerton says senators will discuss pension overhauls today. The Chicago democrat said Wednesday there are several options they have to weigh. That includes considering three smaller bills that deal with retirement age, salary caps and cost-of-living increases. They could also take up a bill sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan that...

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    Senate balks at Quinn’s education budget

    by  • May 30, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    The Illinois Senate has bucked the governor’s proposed education cuts in passing a pair of budget bills. The governor wanted to cut school transportation funding and to lower the amount of money going to schools. Doing so would have trimmed $300 million from the fiscal year 2014 budget. But senators balked at those cuts, approving...

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    Centralia man receives federal sentence

    by  • May 30, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced that 34-year old Jason T. Bayles of Centralia was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in East Saint Louis to more than eight years in federal prison for “possession of pseudoephedrine for the manufacture of methamphetamine.” Bayles pleaded guilty to that...

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    City of Centralia explains electric aggregation vs. individual contracts

    by  • May 30, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    The City of Centralia would like to eliminate any confusion that may be occurring due to the recent transition to your new electrical supplier. Residents have reported that electricity marketers have begun door-to-door and telephone campaigns in Centralia. Our residents should be aware that the electric aggregation program sponsored by the City of Centralia...

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    BREAKING: Murray closure temporarily halted

    by  • May 30, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

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    A federal court judge this morning approved a request for a temporary restraining order against the movement of any additional Murray center residents, effectively halting the closure of the center until further court proceedings can be held. U.S. District Judge Marvin Aspen’s Thursday action will continue a move announced last week to stop transfers...

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    Illinois high-volume ‘fracking’ under way

    by  • May 29, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    (AP) — State records indicate that high-volume oil drilling already has begun in Illinois, where lawmakers and others are scrambling to pass a bill to establish regulations for a practice that has generated intense national debate as energy companies push into new territory.  Carmi-based Campbell Energy LLC submitted a well-completion report last year to...

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