• 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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    Communities reconsidering aggregate electricity buying

    by  • May 13, 2014

    A drop in Ameren Illinois rates has some communities reconsidering where they get their electricity. The Champaign news-gazette reports that Ameren likely will drop electric-supply rates about 7 percent next month, on top of a decrease scheduled for October. That means that Ameren prices may be lower than alternative suppliers in central and southern...

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    Lawmakers move forward on college loan bill

    by  • May 13, 2014

    State lawmakers have advanced a plan to explore if Illinois could offer college loans to students that would be paid back based on income after graduation. A Senate committee on Tuesday voted 9-0 to approve a study on the proposal. Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering similar legislation that allows students to pay back interest-free debt...

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    Durbin pushing for student relief bill

    by  • May 13, 2014

    A tax on millionaires would pay for student loan debt relief under a plan proposed by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) The bill would allow federal and private loan borrowers to refinance at current interest rates. Durbin says it would be fully paid for by enacting the so-called “Buffett Rule,” which would charge a...

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    Topinka says legislation not needed on bill backlog

    by  • May 13, 2014

    The state’s comptroller says it’s not necessary to pass legislation to use any unexpected revenue on paying down the state’s bill backlog. According to Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, the $1.2 billion in additional tax revenue that wasn’t figured into this year’s budget is already being used to pay overdue bills. Topinka says there are...

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