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    Fitch downgrades Illinois credit rating

    by  • June 3, 2013 • News

    One of the three major ratings agencies has downgraded the value of Illinois state government credit. Fitch Ratings said Monday it would drop the Illinois rating from “A” to “A-” based on lawmakers’ failure to enact a solution to the state’s public-employee pension crisis. Illinois already has the lowest rating in the nation. Lower...

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    State: Year’s 1st mosquitoes with West Nile found

    by  • June 3, 2013 • News

    (AP) — Illinois public health officials say the state’s confirmed the year’s first batch of mosquitoes that have the West Nile virus. Officials said Monday that the mosquitoes were found in the Cook County community of Hillside. Last year, the virus was found in 55 of the state’s counties and nearly 300 people contracted...

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    Evaluation ordered for man accused in deadly fire

    by  • June 3, 2013 • News

    A southern Illinois judge has ordered a mental evaluation of a man accused of setting a house fire that killed four children. The mental fitness examination for 33-year-old Derrick Twardoski was requested Monday by James Kelley, his Randolph County public defender. A hearing on the testing’s outcome is scheduled for June 20. Twardoski has...

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    Lesgislative failures could hurt Quinn in 2014 bid

    by  • June 3, 2013 • News

    Coming off a spring session in which all of his top legislative priorities failed, Gov. Pat Quinn finds himself politically vulnerable and facing another trial: fending off the string of potential candidates who want to unseat him in 2014. Quinn needed a win on some of the major issues he told reporters were atop...

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    Rutherford announces gubernatorial candidacy

    by  • June 3, 2013 • News

    Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says it won’t be easy for a republican to be elected governor. But he believes he has the best shot because he’s already won a statewide election. The 58-year-old Rutherford officially announced Sunday that he’s running for the GOP nomination in the 2014 governor’s race. He says he wants...

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    Ill. crime commission wants anti-heroin task force

    by  • June 3, 2013 • News

    (AP) — The Illinois State Crime Commission is calling for a statewide anti-heroin task force. In a statement Sunday, the commission asked the Illinois attorney general to appoint the task force and give it broad investigative powers. Three months ago the commission termed Illinois’ heroin problem a “medical epidemic.” The group says say the...

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