• Make-A-Wish helps Ill. girl, 14, publish a novel

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    PLAINFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago teenager is celebrating her new-found status as a published author. Ravina Thakkar’s novel is called “The Adventure of a Lifetime” and was published with the help of Make-A-Wish Foundation. Thakkar, who lives in the southwestern Chicago suburb of Plainfield, was 10 when she first told the charity...

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    I-70 accident sends Salem man to hospital

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    According to the Illinois State Police, a 58-year-old Salem man was seriously injured in a two vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on Interstate 70 near the Brownstown exit.  Accident reports say Frank Keener was eastbound when he approached an earlier accident. He followed the direction of a fireman, moved to the driving lane and slowed...

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    Cancer rates higher in downstate Illinois

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    A new study says cancer rates are higher in downstate Illinois. The report from the Illinois Department of Health and the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine compares cancer statistics over 20 years in 73 downstate counties to the northern part of the state, and finds that downstate, mortality rates are higher and survival...

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    Man charged with DUI in accident that left 5 dead

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    A 49-year-old Metro East man is facing reckless homicide and aggravated driving under the influence charges stemming from deadly crash late last month in Hamilton County. Darrell Delong of Collinsville was behind the wheel and the lone survivor in the Nov. 23rd crash that claimed five lives. Diana Wright, 23, of McLeansboro was one...

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