• Former deputies sue Randolph County sheriff for improper dismissal

    by  • April 21, 2014

    Two former deputies are suing Randolph County Sheriff Michael Hoelscher for allegedly dismissing them for supporting an opposing candidate in November’s election. Eric Steely and D. Jason Juenger filed the federal lawsuit Thursday in federal court against Hoelscher and Randolph County. Steely and Juenger allege they were dismissed as part-time deputies after walking in...

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    Conflicts continue with Illinois gambling proposals

    by  • April 21, 2014

    A new gambling expansion proposal would allow slot machines at all but one of the state’s horse racing tracks. Fairmount Park in Collinsville would be left out because of an amendment filed by the bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Bob Rita (D-Blue Island). The race track’s president, Brian Zander, says without slot machines, the track...

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    Medical marijuana rules ready for public comment

    by  • April 21, 2014

    The proposed rules for medical marijuana are now available for public comment. The rules have been tweaked since they were first published in February, including a cut in the fee for a medical marijuana  id card from $150 to $100, the removal of a ban on FOID card holders being authorized for medical pot,...

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    Oscar Mayer recalls hot dogs

    by  • April 21, 2014

    Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Sunday that packages of Kraft’s “Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners” may instead contain the company’s “Classic Cheese Dogs.” The agency says the product labels are incorrect and...

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    State investing millions in Menard and Chester MHC

    by  • April 21, 2014

    Governor Pat Quinn has announced investments of $4.4 million to replace the roofing system at Chester Mental Health Center and to construct a cold storage building at Menard Correctional Center in Chester, both are funded by the Illinois Jobs Now! construction program. Quinn says the Menard project will allow more effective operations, both projects...

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