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    Gambling winnings now subject to child support garnishment

    by  • August 13, 2013 • News

    Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation that lets casinos and race tracks garnish gambling winnings from parents who owe back child support. The new law that was signed Monday takes effect immediately. It’s aimed at chipping away at the state’s nearly $3 billion backlog in unpaid child support. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers...

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    Special Olympics needs tournament volunteers

    by  • August 13, 2013 • News

    Nearly 160 Special Olympics athletes will compete in the annual fall bowling tournament on Wednesday, September 11, at Nu-Bowl Lanes in Mt. Vernon. This is a very exciting day for the athletes, as bowling is one of the most popular of the 10 sports offered by the area 14 program. However, for this event...

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    Large percentage of diabetics live in listening area

    by  • August 13, 2013 • News

    In our listening area, only Marion County ranks below the national average of diabetes, falling just below the national percentage.  According to national center for disease control figures, Jefferson County’s rate is 10.7 percent, Washington County is 10.1 Fayette County is 10.2, and Clinton County is at 8.7, while the national rate is 8.3...

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    Debt ratings downgraded for 7 Illinois public universities

    by  • August 13, 2013 • News

    (AP) Moody’s Investors Service downgraded debt ratings on seven public Illinois universities, including the University of Illinois, and warns more decreases could take place in the future. The bond rating agency took the actions Friday, about two months after it warned it was reviewing all public universities in Illinois because of the state’s precarious...

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    Appellate court rejects Schoolfield’s case; sentences stand

    by  • August 13, 2013 • News

    According to Clinton County State’s Attorney John Hudspeth, , the Illinois Appellate Court in Mt. Vernon has entered an order affirming prison sentences imposed on Valerie Schoolfield in January, 2011. Following the death of her 3-year-old son, Joseph, on January 24, 2009, Schoolfield was convicted of felony offenses including endangering the life or health...

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