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    Simon calls new college plan “game-changing”

    by  • February 13, 2013 • News

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon

    Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon has announced potential education reforms that would make college more affordable to Illinois students. Simon yesterday labeled the suggested reforms as game-changing. She says affordability is the most significant barrier for students who want to pursue degrees at public institutions. One of Simon’s proposals would allow students to simultaneously enroll...

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    Retrial underway on 2006 sexual assault case

    by  • February 13, 2013 • News

    Jury selection is set to begin today in the retrial of a 38-year-old man previously convicted in Jefferson county court of two Class X counts predatory criminal sexual assault. Albert E. Rainey is accused of the 2006 sexual assault of a then 9-year-old girl in Mount Vernon. In 2007 he filed an open plea...

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    More arrested in drug sweep investigation

    by  • February 12, 2013 • News

    More individuals are in the Jefferson County Jail after being taken into custody as being part of last week’s drug sweep. The Mount Vernon Police Department – Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Joint Narcotics Division took several individuals into custody over the weekend after a months’ long investigation, which led to arrest warrants being issued....

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    TRS earns profit, not enough to bridge gap

    by  • February 12, 2013 • News

    Investments made by the Teachers Retirement Systems grew 13.9 percent in 2012. Spokesman Dave Urbanek says this tells members their money is being used wisely. However, even though TRS has experienced a profit from their investments, Urbanek says that it is not going to fix all of the pension problems. He says Illinois cannot...

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    Pension talks stagnate

    by  • February 12, 2013 • News

    The first big meeting in this new legislative session between unions and lawmakers didn’t produce much in the way of solving the state’s public pension crisis. Among those in attendance at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Burr Ridge: Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego), a handful of state senators and union...

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    Latino gang member sentenced

    by  • February 12, 2013 • News

    A high-ranking leader of a Chicago street gang that has a nationwide presence has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for conspiracy and other charges involving murder and drug trafficking. Prosecutors say Vicente Garcia Jr., went by the nickname “Disciple Killer” and was second in command in the Almighty Latin King Nation. In...

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