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    Quinn favors new “fracking” bill

    by  • February 22, 2013 • News

    Gov. Pat Quinn is praising a bill that would regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois, saying it’ll help the economy. Quinn released a statement yesterday after two downstate lawmakers introduced the bill to establish ground rules for hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The method uses high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and...

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    IDOC suffers another staff assault

    by  • February 21, 2013 • News

    Pontiac Correctional Center guard assaulted by inmate in January

    We have confirmed reports of a severe assault on a corrections officer by an inmate around 7 p.m. tonight at Lawrence Correctional Center. “Lawrence CC is on Level 1 lockdown after a staff assault this evening,” said Stacey Solano, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Corrections.”The employee was seen by facility medical staff and...

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    Winter storm tackles bi-state region

    by  • February 21, 2013 • News

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    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency across his state due to a winter storm that has now moved its way into Illinois. A mixture of snow, sleet, and ice has hit the bi-state region, and some areas are projected to get more than 10 inches of snow. The storm creeping...

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    Rend Lake Polar Plunge to help Special Olymics

    by  • February 21, 2013 • News

    Dana Communications and Withers Broadcasting have teamed up with Illinois law enforcement for the 2013 Polar Plunge at Rend Lake, to benefit Special Olympics of Illinois. A pre-registration party will be held from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. nest Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Morello’s along Poplar Street in Harrisburg, with assorted appetizers being served. The...

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    Raises for one union, but not the other

    by  • February 21, 2013 • News

    While union negotiators continue to work with Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration to reach agreements on contracts, one union has received raises, while another has not, which is adding to the already elevated tensions between Quinn and he state’s largest employee union. According to Quinn’s administration, approximately 1,500 unionized workers at the Illinois Department of...

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