• Measure would allow DNA testing in plea deals

    by  • May 27, 2014

    A measure that would allow some prisoners to have DNA evidence in their case tested after they agree to a plea deal is making its way through the statehouse. Convicts who plead guilty even though they’re innocent sometimes do so because of factors like police coercion, or simply not wanting to spend their life...

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    Ramey contract with city due to expire

    by  • May 27, 2014

    In an interview in our studio Tuesday, Centralia Mayor Tom Ashby noted that the city’s contract with City Manager Dan Ramey expires July 31. But Ashby says Ramey has not indicated to him if he plans to renew the contract or not. According to Ramey, he has told the council of the contract expiration,...

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    Kinmundy man charged with dragging horse behind truck

    by  • May 26, 2014

    A 54-year-old Kinmundy man was arrested over the weekend on charges of alleged animal cruelty, fleeing and eluding and resisting police. Rodney L. Hassebrock is suspected of tying a horse to the back of his truck and then dragging the animal behind the vehicle, causing the animal serious injuries and leaving a trail of...

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    Ex-state legislator faces more child porn charges

    by  • May 23, 2014

    The U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago announced Friday that a federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment this week charging Keith Farnham of Elgin with possession, receiving and transporting child pornography. Initially, he was charged in a criminal complaint with one count of possession of child pornography. The 66-year-old has been released on bond...

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    Speaker Madigan wants voters to decide on millionaire surcharge

    by  • May 23, 2014

    Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) wants to put a referendum before November voters about collecting a 3 percent “surcharge” on income greater than $1 million. Finding insufficient support for a referendum for a constitutional amendment, Madigan is turning to a non-binding question, which he has passed through a committee. “I’m not moving away...

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