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    Report: Ill. coal enjoyed record exports in 2012

    by  • May 1, 2013 • News

    A new state report that Illinois coal once shunned for its high sulfur content is enjoying record demand overseas. The Illinois Office of Coal Development said Wednesday that the report it had done by Energy Ventures Analysis Inc. showed that 13 million tons of Illinois coal was exported last year. That’s a five-fold increase...

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    Six health insurers apply for Illinois marketplace

    by  • May 1, 2013 • News

    Illinois officials say they’ve received applications from six insurance carriers that want to sell 165 health policies on the online insurance marketplace that’s a cornerstone of the nation’s new health care law. Gov. Pat Quinn said in a statement Wednesday he’s “very encouraged” multiple plans are being offered. But the number of proposals is...

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    IDOC administrators retire with sweetened pensions

    by  • May 1, 2013 • News

    According to reports, today Illinois Department of Corrections Executive Chief Jerry Buscher joins the ranks of three other top IDOC administrators who preceded him in retirement earlier this year. In addition to Buscher, former Deputy Chief of Operations Kevin Gilson; Chief of Staff Luke Hartigan and Chief of Investigations and Intelligence Larry Beck have...

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    More schools receiving bomb threats

    by  • May 1, 2013 • News

    After bomb threats turned up at schools in Salem and at Zeigler-Royalton recently, police are looking into other alleged, this time at schools in Campbell Hill and Murphysboro. Reports indicate a note said a bomb was to be set off Wednesday at Trico High School in Campbell Hill. The building was evacuated and no...

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    House and Senate offer differing pension solutions

    by  • May 1, 2013 • News

    Illinois house speaker Michael Madigan is proposing a comprehensive pension-reform package that caps the salary on which a pension can be based and limits annual cost-of-living increases. The Chicago democrat filed an amendment Tuesday to legislation that got senate approval last month. Madigan plans a house committee hearing Wednesday. The plan tweaks ideas proposed...

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    Centralia prepares for May Fete

    by  • May 1, 2013 • News

    Well it’s May first and in Centralia that means one thing, May Fete celebrations are upon us. After 101 years, the annual celebration will be held at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Centralia High School gym, and again at 8 p.m. Friday in the gym. The May Fete king and queen are Dyman Sodsaikitch...

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