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    Quinn signs legislation to pay off overdue bills

    by  • June 5, 2013 • News

    (AP) — More than $1 billion of the state’s overdue bills are being paid off. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday signed legislation that pays down the bill backlog of a number of social service providers. The Community Care Program will receive $142 million. The governor’s office says another $235 million will go to...

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    Probation worker gets, posts bail in drug case

    by  • June 4, 2013 • News

    (AP) — A southwestern Illinois probation officer is free on bail in a drug case involving one judge who died of a cocaine overdose and another who’s accused of possessing heroin. A judge rejected federal prosecutor James Porter’s request that James Fogarty of Belleville remain jailed without bond as a possible flight risk. Fogarty...

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    Gubernatorial candidate lineup growing

    by  • June 4, 2013 • News

    (AP) — Bill Daley may be getting closer to an announcement about a run for governor. The former White House chief of staff says he’ll decide in the next week whether he will challenge Pat Quinn in the Democratic primary. Daley says the just-ended legislative session was a “debacle” and Quinn should have done...

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    Jackson’s lawyers want portion of document sealed

    by  • June 4, 2013 • News

    (AP) — Lawyers for convicted former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. are asking a judge to seal a portion of a sentencing document that’s set to be filed this week because it will contain “sensitive details” about his medical issues. In a federal court document filed today, Jackson’s attorney says the information will also include...

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    MVPD arrests two on burglary charges

    by  • June 4, 2013 • News

    The Mt Vernon Police Department responded to a burglary yesterday at a residence on Apricot.  After a preliminary investigation, officers made contact with two suspects, 18-year-old Aston D. Trotter and a male juvenile, at 29th and Peach. The male juvenile was wanted on a Jefferson County warrant, possessed cannabis and resisted arrest. The two...

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    SAFB commissary to close on Mondays due to cuts

    by  • June 4, 2013 • News

    Nearly 4,500 civilian workers at southwestern Illinois’ Scott Air Force Base will begin taking an unpaid day off in a month for the rest of the fiscal year as part of the automatic federal spending cuts. The Belleville News-Democrat reports the workers will take the first of 11 unpaid days on July 8. That’s...

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