• Local women charged with Medicaid fraud

    by  • June 6, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP — Fifteen people are facing federal charges for allegedly defrauding the Medicaid home services program in Illinois by filling out bogus time sheets. Central District U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis announced the charges Thursday in Springfield. In one of the cases, a 36-year-old Bloomington man allegedly submitted time sheets for at least...

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    IDOT committee recommends east path for Route 51 expansion

    by  • June 6, 2014

    Residents along Route 51 are being notified that a transportation committee has recommended a preferred route for the highway expansion through the Village of Sandoval. Emails from the Illinois Department of Transportation indicate the committee has recommended the eastern route, which was preferred by the majority to the western route that would draw traffic...

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    Feds charge six with conspiracy and money laundering

    by  • June 6, 2014

    CENTRALIA — Six local individuals were charged Thursday in federal court on a four count indictment claiming conspiracy to distribute cocaine in Clinton, Cook, Jefferson, Marion and Washington counties, as well as for a scheme to launder money obtained from drug sales. Allen J. Redmond, 49, also known as “North” and “Big Boy;” along...

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    ‘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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