• Rauner calls for bureaucratic cuts in education

    by  • January 29, 2015

    CHAMPAIGN (AP) – Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner continues to hammer away at the unions and government bureaucracies he believes are behind many of state’s problems. During a speech Thursday at the University of Illinois he said he’d like to put more money into the university. But he said first the university must make cuts...

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    Illinois lags behind on addressing poverty

    by  • January 29, 2015

    CHICAGO — A new study on poverty finds Illinois doesn’t compare well to other states. The Social IMPACT Research Center’s study entitled “Poor by Comparison: Report on Illinois Poverty,” expected to find Illinois ranking among the best on addressing poverty. That’s not the case, according to the center’s research director, Amy Terpstra. Terpstra said...

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    Sunbeam recalls faulty space heaters

    by  • January 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sunbeam is recalling about 34,000 Holmes-branded space heaters because they can spray hot oil and possibly cause household damage or injuries. The plug-in heater is filled with oil. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Sunbeam received about 40 reports of hot oil spraying out and causing property damage. There...

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    Marion County continues meth investigations and arrests

    by  • January 29, 2015

    MARION COUNTY — The Marion County Sheriff’s Department keeps delivering hits to the local illegal drug trade, making yet another meth arrest following months of investigation. According to reports 25-year-old Centralia resident Terry Hamburg was arrested late Wednesday night and charged Thursday morning in Marion County court with Class 2 felony possession of less...

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    NASA honors astronauts on 29th anniversary of Challenger disaster

    by  • January 28, 2015

    Wednesday was the 29th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster, and NASA officials conducted remembrance ceremonies at several different sites around the country to pay tribute to fallen astronauts.  Challenger exploded 73 seconds into flight, at about 11:40 a.m. Eastern time on Jan. 28, 1986. The explosion killed seven crew members, including Christa...

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