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    Judge: Mom’s statements usable during murder trial

    by  • July 19, 2013 • News

    (AP) — A southern Illinois judge says a woman’s statement to investigators examining the drowning death of her 8-year-old daughter can be used during her murder trial. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Tedeschi on Thursday denied a request by Mary Jophlin’s attorney to keep the statements out of the...

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    Chicago faces credit downgrade due to pension debt

    by  • July 19, 2013 • News

    (AP) — Moody’s Investors Service is downgrading its debt rating for Chicago because of the city’s “very large and growing” pension liability. The agency said late Wednesday it’s lowering its rating of the nation’s third-largest city from Aa3 to A3. The ratings for general obligation debt and sales tax debt are still investment grade....

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    Ill. pushes anew to block hastened concealed-carry

    by  • July 18, 2013 • News

    (AP) — The state of Illinois is amplifying its argument that a federal judge reject a legal push by gun-rights advocates to immediately start carrying firearms publicly, rather than waiting months under Illinois’ new concealed carry law. Under the law passed July 9, Illinois State Police have six months to set up a concealed-carry...

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    Illinois unemployment up slightly in June

    by  • July 18, 2013 • News

    (AP) — The unemployment rate in Illinois increased slightly in June while manufacturers and local governments cut more jobs than they added. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says Thursday that unemployment increased to 9.2 percent last month. That was up from 9.1 percent in May. June’s figure ended two months of decreasing unemployment....

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    Community pulls together for Blackhawk sports

    by  • July 18, 2013 • News

    Parents and families in Sandoval are working to save Blackhawk athletics at the junior and senior high school, after a number of sports programs had to be cut due to budget constraints. The Village of Sandoval last night approved a block party from noon until midnight on Saturday, Sept. 28, between Fats and Bubs...

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