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    Menard receives almost 80 additional inmates

    by  • June 14, 2013 • News

    Even as reports are showing the maximum security prison in Chester is overcrowded and understaffed, the facility will be receiving almost 80 additional inmates Friday, this according to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. AFSCME local president Kevin Hirsch says the facility has not received any new staff since an impact...

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    Mt. Vernon Sears prepares to close doors

    by  • June 14, 2013 • News

    The Mt. Vernon Sears store plans to close its doors at Times Square Mall. A liquidation sale will begin June 21st and the store itself will close in early September. The store has 68 employees who will be given an opportunity to get jobs at other Sears or Kmart stores. The Sears store in...

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    Centralia man gets eight years in meth conviction

    by  • June 14, 2013 • News

    A 34-year-old Centralia man pleaded guilty Thursday to manufacturing methamphetamine and received eight years in prison in exchange. William Evans could have received between six and 30 years on the Class X felony. A second count was dropped. In August of last year, police patrolling an area hit by burglaries investigated a shed with...

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    AG calls for smartphone “kill switch”

    by  • June 14, 2013 • News

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants smartphone manufacturers to develop a “kill switch” that would render stolen phones inoperable. Madigan says she’s joining other attorneys general and law enforcement officials at a summit with four major smartphone manufacturers. They are Apple, Google/Motorola, Microsoft and Samsung.

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    Cahokia Mounds prepares for ancient celebration

    by  • June 14, 2013 • News

    Visitors to Cahokia Mounds state historic site on June 23rd will get a glimpse of a 1,000-year-old sacred celebration of the summer solstice at “Woodhenge.” Woodhenge is an arrangement of posts standing in line with sunrise on the longest day of the year June 21st, the shortest day, in December, and the spring and...

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