• Quinn signs “Cupcake Bill” into law

    by  • June 10, 2014

    Gov. Pat Quinn was in Troy Tuesday to sign the “Cupcake Bill” — the legislation inspired by the Madison County Health Department’s shut-down of a 12-year-old girl’s cupcake-making operation. Quinn signed sign House Bill 5354 during a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at the home of the Troy girl, Chloe Stirling. The bill prohibits state...

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    Dodds and Ina again look at school consoliation

    by  • June 10, 2014

    Two of Jefferson County schools are working on a new plan for consolidation. Last year, Dodds and Ina tried merging with Opdyke Belle Rive but the referendum didn’t get enough votes. Under the new plan, the districts want to drop Opdyke and try a two-school consolidation. Budget cuts in recent years have forced both...

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    Council approves moving city hall to former CRC building

    by  • June 10, 2014

    The Centralia City Council Monday night unanimously approved during work session a proposal to move City Hall and its offices to a downtown location. Mayor Tom Ashby had previously proposed the move to the former Community Resource Center building on Locust and Broadway, which would leave the current City Hall available to house police...

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    Jury convicts Ill. state rep of bribery

    by  • June 10, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury in Chicago has convicted Illinois state Rep. Derrick Smith of bribery for taking $7,000 from a purported day care operator. Jurors returned with their verdict Tuesday after deliberating about four hours over two days. At trial, prosecutors played secret recordings of the 50-year-old Chicago Democrat allegedly accepting 70...

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    UPDATE: About 900 Ill. veterans requested, didn’t get care

    by  • June 9, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — A new audit shows nearly 900 veterans have requested appointments at Illinois’ Veterans Administration hospitals in the past decade but not received them. The Veterans Affairs Department released findings Monday of a national audit on quality of care and wait times. It follows allegations that 40 patients died awaiting care at...

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