• Missing Breese boy found safe

    by  • June 3, 2014

    There was a happy ending for a Breese family Monday, following some frightening hours earlier in the day. Rescue workers found a missing Breese boy in some bushes after searching about two hours Monday night. The 9-year-old boy was found unharmed about 10:30 p.m., a few blocks from his home. According to Breese Police...

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    Peoria band teacher arrested for sexual assault

    by  • June 3, 2014

    PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A Peoria band teacher is charged with criminal sexual assault in connection with an improper relationship he allegedly started with an eighth-grade student that continued through the student’s graduation from high school. The (Peoria) Journal Star reports (bit.ly/1mOIhoF) that authorities arrested 34-year-old Maury R. Beelman on Tuesday. He’s a band...

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    Cullerton ‘disappointed’ in Ill. lottery manager

    by  • June 3, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he’s “extremely disappointed” with the private company that runs the state lottery. Cullerton says lawmakers believed a private firm would operate the lottery better than the state. He says financial reports indicate Northstar Lottery Group “is unable to live up to its commitments.” Reports filed...

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    Moody’s: Lost Ill. tax revenue could hurt rating

    by  • June 3, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A bond rating agency has announced that Illinois’ financial rating could take a hit if lawmakers don’t extend an income tax increase scheduled to roll back in January. Moody’s Investors Service released a statement Tuesday that says allowing the tax rate to drop might force more borrowing and continued overdue bills....

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    Chicago sues over painkiller marketing

    by  • June 3, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago has filed a lawsuit accusing five drugmakers of deceptively marketing a class of  prescription painkiller that can be highly addictive. The state lawsuit was filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court. It alleges the companies’ marketing of opioids for long-term use to treat non-cancer pain was false,...

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    Hillshire offers contingent on abandoning Pinnacle

    by  • June 3, 2014

    Corporate discussions could derail a move by Hillshire Brands to purchase Pinnacle Foods, which owns the cake mix facility here in Centralia. The board of Hillshire Brands has decided to hold separate talks with Pilgrim’s Pride and Tyson Foods, as the two major meat processors engage in a bidding war for the maker of...

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