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    BREAKING NEWS: Ill. passes nation’s toughest fracking regulations

    by  • May 31, 2013 • News

    (AP) — Illinois lawmakers have approved the nation’s strictest regulations on high-volume oil and gas drilling, sending the measure to Gov. Pat Quinn. As part of a bipartisan economic development effort to bring thousands of jobs to southern Illinois , State Sen. Dave Luechtefeld (R-Okawville) applauded the passage of a “fracking” legislative package. “It...

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    Illinois Senate defeats ammunition limit

    by  • May 31, 2013 • News

    (AP) — A plan to limit high-capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois has failed in the Senate. Senators voted 28-31 Friday. The legislation would have banned magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Gov. Pat Quinn, Senate President John Cullerton and bill sponsor Sen. Dan Kotowski (kuh-TOW’-skeez) lobbied for the bill with parents of children...

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    Guilty plea gets Breese man 15 year prison sentence

    by  • May 31, 2013 • News

    A 26-year-old Breese man has pleaded guilty to child molestation charges. Gilberto Santiago Rodriguez accepted a plea agreement shortly before yesterday’s scheduled final pre-trial hearing. In exchange for pleading guilty to one count of Class X felony predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13, Rodriguez was sentenced to 15...

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    Marion County celebrates first Drug Court graduation

    by  • May 31, 2013 • News

    In celebration of “National Drug Court Month,” the Marion County Drug Court held its first graduation ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday at the Marion County Courthouse. According to a press release from Judge Michael McHaney, who oversees the Marion County Drug Court program, the ceremony marks participants’ completion of an intensive program of comprehensive...

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    Former prison guard charged with gun trafficking

    by  • May 31, 2013 • News

    A former Illinois prison guard is being held for allegedly selling five assault rifles and other guns to a known convicted felon. Dwayne Meeks was arrested by FBI agents after an undercover sting during which a former Illinois prison inmate posed as a gun trafficker. Authorities say Meeks met the buyer when the individual...

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    Lane closure for I-57 at Dix

    by  • May 31, 2013 • News

    Road construction on Monday will close a section of Interstate 57 and an entrance ramp at the Dix interchange. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, they are alerting motorists that the northbound I-57 entrance ramp from west South Street will be closed from 9 a.m. Monday through 9 a.m. Tuesday, when it is...

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