• Illinois treasurer OKs dozens of raises before departure

    by  • December 21, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A published report says outgoing Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford gave pay raises to dozens of employees over the past year. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports raises for the 25 nonunion employees ranged from 8 percent to 36 percent. Rutherford’s office also awarded nearly $90,000 in one-time payments to 35 nonunion employees...

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    Suspected cases of whooping cough reported in Clay County

    by  • December 19, 2014

    CLAY COUNTY — Health officials are reporting that within the past month, Clay County has had two suspect cases of whooping cough. The Department of Public Health notes that whooping cough, or Pertussis is a highly infectious but usually mild illness that is easily transmitted through coughing and sneezing and may last for several...

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    Two southern Illinois prisons on lockdown due to chicken pox

    by  • December 19, 2014

    CHESTER — A southern Illinois maximum-security state prison is on lockdown because five inmates in one housing unit have developed chickenpox, while a minimum-security prison in the same region is locked down with two other possible¬† cases of the virus. Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says three cases of chickenpox at the...

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