• Quinn grants 126 clemency petitions, denies 185

    by  • November 28, 2014

    CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn has taken action on 311 clemency petitions, granting less than half for crimes that stretch back to the early 1970s. The Chicago Democrat announced the news on Thursday afternoon. He granted 126 and denied 185 petitions, among them a man who was cleared of murder along with four others...

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    Accident on snowy road sends seven to hosptial

    by  • November 28, 2014

    MARION COUNTY — A Wednesday afternoon accident sent seven people to Mt. Vernon hospitals for treatment of injuries sustained in a two-car head on collision on a snow covered Route 37. According to accident reports, 66-year-old Wanda Cripps Salem was traveling southbound when she ran off the right side of the road, lost control...

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    Fire destroys semi-truck and freight terminal

    by  • November 28, 2014

    JEFFERSON COUNTY — Jefferson County Rural firefighters are reporting the cab of a semi truck parked next to the Direct Freight terminal on Shilo Drive caught fire around 9:30 Wednesday morning, destroying the truck and spreading to the small terminal building west of Mt. Vernon. The terminal building is also considered a total loss....

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    Police warn of calls claiming to be from IRS

    by  • November 28, 2014

    Area law enforcement agencies are reporting several reports regarding an ongoing phone scam. Residents say they have received phone calls from someone claiming they were with the IRS and that the residents were facing a lawsuit, or worse, if they did not get their tax payments current. Residents were then advised to call back...

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    Murphysboro teen hits dad with car, then shoots at him

    by  • November 28, 2014

    MURPHYSBORO (AP) — A 17-year-old from rural Murphysboro is in a juvenile detention center charged with firing a shotgun at his father. The Jackson County sheriff says the teen hit his dad with a car around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday then started shooting. Investigators say the teen then grabbed another gun and went inside his...

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    Most area unemployment up in October

    by  • November 28, 2014

    The Illinois Department of Employment Security has released the results of the October unemployment rates and most went up, but some did drop. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the state is at 6.6 percent for the second month in a row. The nation’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is at 5.8, down slightly from...

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    AG Madigan files notice of pension ruling appeal

    by  • November 28, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed official notice that the state will appeal a ruling that Illinois’ landmark pension overhaul is unconstitutional. Madigan filed the notice with the Illinois Supreme Court Wednesday. Illinois has the nation’s worst-funded state pension systems, with an unfunded liability of about $100 billion. Lawmakers and Gov. Pat...

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    Gasoline prices continue to drop

    by  • November 28, 2014

    Crude oil prices have dropped over $35 per barrel in the past few months, driving the price of gasoline down in most areas. The cheapest gas prices in the state are in southern Illinois. In Coulterville, the price has dropped to $2.33 a gallon. Sparta stations are selling gas for $2.35. In our area...

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