• State pays $117k to fly prairie chickens from Kansas

    by  • May 16, 2014

    State aircraft are flying to Kansas and transporting prairie chickens back to the Land of Lincoln. And at a time state lawmakers are looking at raising the state income tax, Illinois state employees have been hiking across Kansas trapping these chickens. State pilots have flown between Illinois and Kansas not once, not twice but...

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    Minimum wage measure passes House committee

    by  • May 16, 2014

    House Speaker Michael Madigan has set up a proposal that would put on the November ballot an advisory referendum that would ask voters whether the state’s minimum wage should be increased to $10 an hour by Jan. 1, a move that could help drive democratic voters to the polls. The House Labor and Commerce...

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    Centralia man jailed for criminal contempt of court

    by  • May 13, 2014

    A 28-year-old Centralia man was sentenced to 30-days in jail yesterday, after he was found in direct criminal contempt of court in Marion County. According to court records, Larry E. Evans, also known as Mfalme El Bey, repeatedly interrupted court proceedings, refused to comply with the orders of the court and refused to respect...

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    Murphysboro bank robbed again

    by  • May 13, 2014

    Authorities are reporting the Old National Bank in Murphysboro was robbed Tuesday afternoon. It’s the second time the bank has been robbed this year. According to Murphysboro police, the bank was robbed around 3:10 Tuesday afternoon, when two men armed with handguns and wearing bandanas over their faces took money from the bank and...

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