• Sentencing continued in counselor sex assault case

    by  • July 8, 2014

    SALEM — An already strange case continues to become more strange, as sentencing has been continued for a 37-year-old Decatur woman who in May was found guilty of Class 1 felony sexual assault to a resident of a home for troubled youth where she is employed. Marion County Judge Mark Stedelin found Robin Frazier...

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    Okawville man arrested for Easter home invasion

    by  • July 7, 2014

    NASHVILLE — According to Okawville Police Chief Steve Milken, a suspect in an Easter weekend home invasion has been arrested. Milken says 24-year-old Phillip Walker Law, of Okawville, was arrested Saturday night in connection with an early Easter morning incident at a residence in the Washington Springs Mobile Home Park, in which two individuals...

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    Quinn orders halt to political hiring at IDOT

    by  • July 4, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD (AP)  — Gov. Pat Quinn has ordered a moratorium on political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation and is requiring executive-level staff in every state agency to undergo training about proper hiring practices. The Chicago democrat’s actions come amid questions about whether state jobs were improperly filled based on clout rather than...

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    Illinois highway fatalities declining

    by  • July 4, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — Highway fatalities are declining in Illinois. At this time last year, there had been 478 deaths on Illinois roads. This year, there have been 399 – that’s 79 fewer, a 16 percent reduction. Scott Kristiansen, the law enforcement liaison at the Illinois department of transportation, attributes the decline to a variety of...

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    AG Madigan stands behind pension overhaul

    by  • July 4, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is drawing a clear line between a state Supreme Court decision on health benefits for state retirees and a legal challenge to a statewide pension overhaul. Madigan spokeswoman Maura Possley said in a statement Thursday that the high court’s opinion “has no direct impact on the pension...

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    Firefighters burn site of 2009 family murders

    by  • July 4, 2014

    BEASON (AP) — Firefighters have burned down the home where five members of a central Illinois family were beaten to death in 2009. Ten members of the Beason Fire Department on Thursday set the small, white, one-story house where Rick and Ruth Gee and three of their children were killed ablaze. Beason is about...

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