• IDOC overtime again tops $60 million

    by  • July 16, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Department of Corrections has paid over $60 million in overtime costs for the second year in a row. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports Monday that officials predicted last spring that overtime costs would drop in the budget year that ended June 30. Authorities are blaming unanticipated retirements by correctional...

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    Youth volunteers to perform helpful work in Centralia

    by  • July 16, 2014

    CENTRALIA — A number of households in Centralia will be receiving much needed help next week from a missionary work camp that will bring hundreds of youth volunteers to the Queen City. Hosted by Centralia’s First Christian Church, the 250 youth volunteers from Centralia and from across the country will be building wheelchair ramps,...

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    Blagojevich files new argument in appeal

    by  • July 16, 2014

    CHICAGO — Rod Blagojevich’s lawyers have submitted an additional argument on why an appeals court in Chicago should overturn the convictions of the imprisoned former governor. Jurors convicted the Democrat on multiple corruption counts, including that he tried to swap an appointment to President Barack Obama’s old senate seat for campaign money or a...

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    Real estate agent seeks end of elected assessors

    by  • July 16, 2014

    SALEM — In what is being called a direct attempt to take away the taxpayers vote, an item has been placed on the August 5, Marion County Board agenda, once again seeking to make the supervisor of assessments office an appointed position, rather than an elected one. Reports indicate that on Tuesday Centralia real...

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    Quinn makes renewed push for assault weapons ban

    by  • July 15, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD (AP)  — Gov. Pat Quinn is making another push on gun legislation, including an assault weapons ban. The governor made an appearance Sunday on behalf of the Illinois Public Safety Act, which was introduced in the spring legislative session but not acted upon. Part of the measure is a ban on assault weapons....

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    State medical marijuana rules finalized

    by  • July 15, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD  (AP) — The rules for Illinois’ medical marijuana have been finalized, but it may be 2015 before any product is in the hands of patients.  The approval of the rules by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules Tuesday means the process of getting patients, cultivators, and dispensers registered can begin soon. State Rep....

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