• ‘Incomplete’ Ill. budget leaves agencies in limbo

    by  • June 5, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Lawmakers left Springfield last week after approving an election-year budget that’s leaving everyone from Illinois’ prison authorities to historic agency officials wondering about what comes next. The $35.7 billion spending plan keeps most funding flat after Democrats couldn’t find enough votes to extend the state’s temporary income increase to fill...

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    Salem police respond to CILA home incident

    by  • June 5, 2014

    According to the Salem Police Department, they received a complaint around 6 o’clock Wednesday night of a man out of control, standing in the road throwing items and being vulgar. The alleged incident, which took place outside a CILA group home on Circle Drive reportedly involved a developmentally disabled person living in the home....

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    Illinois gas prices up slightly

    by  • June 5, 2014

    Just in time for summer travel, the price of gas in Illinois is up slightly. The statewide average for Illinois is now $3.90, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report, up a nickel from a month ago. Beth Mosher, spokesman for the AAA-Chicago Motor Club says, we’ve entered into the summer demand season. Unfortunately,...

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    Report shows health insurance prices growing in Illinois

    by  • June 5, 2014

    A new report finds health insurance prices in Illinois were increasing by about 10 percent or more annually in the three  years before President Barack Obama signed the nation’s health care law. The report was released Thursday by the nonpartisan Commonwealth Fund. It is meant to help people gauge whether prices for 2015 climb...

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    Mental fitness questioned in murder case

    by  • June 5, 2014

    A southern Illinois man accused of fatally shooting his wife in the back of the head has been ordered to undergo psychiatric testing to assess his mental fitness for trial. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports Franklin County Circuit Judge Jerry Crisel ordered the testing for 66-year-old John P. Adams at his attorney’s request. Adams...

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    West Nile Virus confirmed in southern Illinois

    by  • June 5, 2014

    The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed that a bird and mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus. Department officials say Henry County Health Department employees found a bird that was infected with the virus on May 29 in Colona. Madison County Health Department found a batch of mosquitoes that tested positive...

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