• Wesclin runner carries her twin across finish line

    by  • May 12, 2014

    Here’s a feel-good news for your day. A display of compassion during Saturday’s state junior high track meet in Carterville got a lot of people cheering. Ttwin sisters Claire and Chloe Gruenke are Eighth Graders at Wesclin Junior High School in Clinton County. The twins both qualified for the state track meet Saturday in...

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    Law enforcement to crackdown on unbuckled motorists

    by  • May 12, 2014

    Illinois law enforcement officers are beginning a crackdown on unbuckled motorists and impaired drivers as the summer travel season gets underway. The goal is to prevent highway deaths in the state, which now stand at about 245 for the year. The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and 500 local law enforcement...

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    Bill seeks lower tax rate for CNG, propane gas

    by  • May 12, 2014

    Truckers cannot buy compressed natural gas or liquid propane at retail gas stations in Illinois, but companies that want to get into that business might get started if their products were not at a tax disadvantage to diesel. It takes more gallons of CNG or propane to go the same distance as diesel, and...

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    Tax issue not settled in General Assembly

    by  • May 12, 2014

    There are three weeks left in the spring legislative session, yet the governor doesn’t know if or when lawmakers will act on his request to extend the income tax increase. If lawmakers do nothing, the income tax rate will fall from 5 percent to 3.75 at the end of the year. Gov. Pat Quinn...

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    Chrysler recalls minivans for faulty window switches

    by  • May 12, 2014

    Chrysler group is recalling 780,000 minivans to replace window switches that can short-circuit and overheat if exposed to moisture. The company said Friday that it knows of 36 incidents related to the faulty switches, but is unaware of any related injuries or accidents. Chrysler says the switches, located on the driver-side door, can short...

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    Hillshire brands buying Pinnacle Foods

    by  • May 12, 2014

    Hillshire Brands announced Monday it is buying Pinnacle Foods, whose brands include Duncan Hines, Bird’s Eye, Hungry Man and Aunt Jemima, in a cash-and-stock deal valued at approximately $4.23 billion. The deal would expand Hillshire brands’ portfolio which includes Jimmy Dean sausage, Ball Park franks and Sara Lee frozen bakery goods. Shares of both...

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