• Federal bribery trial begins for Ill. state rep.

    by  • May 29, 2014

    Opening statements are expected in the federal bribery trial of an Illinois lawmaker accused of accepting a $7,000 bribe from a day care center seeking a state grant. Initial statements Thursday come a day after 12 jurors were selected to hear state Rep. Derrick Smith’s case. Prosecutors are expected to say Smith confessed immediately...

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    Woman sentenced in case linked to teen sister’s murder

    by  • May 29, 2014

    A southern Illinois woman has been sentenced to 26 years in prison for a home invasion count linked to the 2010 death of her teenage half-sister. Dakota Wall pleaded guilty in April after Perry County prosecutors dropped murder, kidnapping and burglary charges. She was sentenced Wednesday. Wall was among several people charged after the...

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    Community care providers fear budget numbers

    by  • May 29, 2014

    Now that Illinois senators have seen what sort of budget can pass the House, it’s their turn to take a look at a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Saturday is the planned adjournment of the General Assembly. In an appropriations committee hearing, Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) sounded a...

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    Bidding war ensues involving Pinnacle Foods

    by  • May 29, 2014

    Just days after Centralia City Manager Dan Ramey announced that Pilgrim’s Pride corporation had launched a $6.4 billion cash bid for Hillshire Farms, after Hillshire announced plans to purchase Pinnacle Foods, another company has offered to buy Hillshire at $5 per share higher than Pilgrim’s Pride.  Tyson Foods Co. is offering to buy Hillshire...

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    Illinois House votes to restore Medicaid cuts

    by  • May 29, 2014

    The Illinois House has voted to restore several cuts to Medicaid and to tack more than $1 billion in spending onto the current fiscal year’s budget. Senate Bill 741 would rollback several medicaid program reductions that were cut under sweeping Medicaid reforms approved in 2012. The bill would restore podiatry services and preventative dental...

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    Centralia couple arrested on meth charges

    by  • May 29, 2014

    A 31-year-old Centralia man and his 26-year-old wife are in the Marion county jail, after being charged in court Thursday  morning with a string of alleged methamphetamine related crimes. Daniel R.  and Jessica R. Murray are each facing five Class 2 felony charges for possession of meth manufacturing material; possession of less than 15...

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