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    Judge gives state extra time in prison overcrowding lawsuit

    by  • January 28, 2015 • News

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A judge has given attorneys for the state of Illinois another month to review a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit about overcrowding at a southern Illinois prison. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports that U.S. Magistrate Philip Frazier granted the 30-day extension last week in the Vienna Correctional...

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    Man receives 7 years in prison for jail escape

    by  • January 28, 2015 • News

    WHITE COUNTY — A 32-year-old Johnston City man who escaped from the White County jail last October has been sentenced to 7 years in prison. Robert Mead escaped in October 2014 along with 26-year-old Donald H. Currier. Both were caught several hours later in Saline County. Currier drew a 5 year sentence for the...

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    Region’s fourth quake in a week hits south of Mt. Vernon

    by  • January 27, 2015 • News

    There’s been some more seismic activity in Southern Illinois, when a magnitude 2.3 earthquake hit southern Illinois late Monday night, according to the United States Geological Survey. The USGS says it happened just before 10 p.m. about 15 miles north of Herrin and about 21 miles southwest of Mount Vernon. Three quakes were reported...

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    Lawmaker proposes cutting officholder pay by 10 percent

    by  • January 27, 2015 • News

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An Illinois lawmaker has introduced legislation that would cut the pay of elected officeholders by 10 percent. Barrington Hills Republican David McSweeney says lawmakers need to “lead by example” as the state grapples with a multibillion-dollar budget hole stemming from the expiration of the state’s temporary income tax increase. The legislation...

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    Six arrested in Central City meth bust

    by  • January 27, 2015 • News

    CENTRAL CITY — An overnight check of a home in Central City has landed six individuals in the Marion County jail on suspicion of methamphetamine related crimes. Marion County Sheriff’s deputies went to the Central City home of 33-year-old Anthony Johnston and 31-year-old Stephanie Miller regarding recent purchases of pseudoephedrine. The deputies were given...

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    State confirms measles case in Illinois

    by  • January 27, 2015 • News

    COOK COUNTY — Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah today confirmed one case of measles in Illinois. A suburban Cook County resident became ill in mid-January and test results were positive for measles. Shah says the case in Illinois is a reminder of the importance of immunizations, and that with only 10...

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