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    Rail crossing work will close U.S. 51 in Centralia

    by  • May 17, 2013 • News

    The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that, weather permitting; U.S. 51 in Centralia will be closed for one day on the southbound lanes starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday, and the northbound lanes starting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The road closure is necessary to allow the Norfolk Southern Railway to rehabilitate their crossing. A...

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    Hamilton County pedestrian struck and killed

    by  • May 17, 2013 • News

    A Hamilton County man has died after being struck by a vehicle Wednesday evening in Williamson County. Scott Allen Etienne, 40, of McLeansboro died as a result of the collision that occurred around 9:30 along Route 37 in Marion near Crites Road. Reports say the victim was walking in the northbound lane of Route 37 when he was...

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    Senate committee approves conceal carry measure

    by  • May 17, 2013 • News

    An Illinois Senate Committee has approved a concealed carry proposal that would require special permission to have a gun in Chicago. The Senate Executive Committee approved Sen. Kwame Raoul’s  proposal 10-4 on Thursday afternoon. Republican Minority Leader Christine Radogno voted “present.” The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in December that Illinois’ ban...

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    IDES reaches out to unemployed Klingons

    by  • May 17, 2013 • News

    Electronic applications for unemployment insurance benefits and illinoisjobslink.com are now available in Spanish, Polish, Simplified Chinese and Russian, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said today, and just in time for the release this weekend of Star Trek into Darkness, they will also be available in Klingon.  According to IDES Spokesman Greg Rivera,...

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    Medical Marijuana bill now in Quinn’s hands

    by  • May 17, 2013 • News

    (AP) — Medical marijuana use in Illinois is now in Gov. Pat Quinn’s hands after the state Senate approved legislation. Lawmakers voted 35-21 Friday to send the measure to Quinn for final approval. Quinn hasn’t signaled whether he will sign it into law. The proposal allows physicians to prescribe marijuana to patients with specific...

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    Madigan: ‘Tough’ decisions ahead on concealed guns

    by  • May 16, 2013 • News

    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says lawmakers will need to take “tough positions” to reach a compromise on legislation allowing the carrying of concealed weapons. The Senate Executive Committee on Thursday endorsed a concealed-carry measure that would require permit applicants be of “good moral character.” It would also create a separate local police endorsement...

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