• O’Fallon dad pleads guilty in child’s death

    by  • April 18, 2014

    A southern Illinois man has pleaded guilty in the death of his 23-month old son, who died in a hot car while his father passed out after drinking. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that 33-year old Wayne M. Hubert of O’Fallon entered the plea Thursday to charges of involuntary manslaughter and endangering the life of...

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    Clinton County establishments fail liquor compliance

    by  • April 18, 2014

    In March, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission conducted compliance checks around the state and visited 378 businesses licensed to sell liquor. They cited 41 licensees for violations of liquor control laws. 89 percent of the licensees visited complied with illinois liquor laws and refused to serve underage customers. This report is a result of...

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    Local libraries to receive grant funding

    by  • April 18, 2014

    Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded more than $670,000 in “Another Back to Books” grants to 159 libraries to acquire fiction and/or non-fiction books, learning CDs and DVDs and other educational materials, including a couple in the listening area. This includes $5,000 to the Nashville High School library and $2,000...

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    Judge delays decision in Rutherford harassment case

    by  • April 18, 2014

    A federal judge has delayed a decision about granting Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s request to throw out a lawsuit filed against him by a former employee. An attorney for former employee Edmund Michalowski asked at a Thursday hearing for a month to respond to Rutherford’s motion. Judge Joan Lefkow agreed. She didn’t say when...

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    Downstate county gives boost to coal industry

    by  • April 18, 2014

    A southwestern Illinois county is giving a lift to a St. Louis-based coal producer’s plans to expand an underground mine. WSIL-TV reports the Saline County board has signed off on Peabody Energy’s proposal to pay for a new road as part of the company’s quest to mine an additional 800 acres near its Cottage...

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    Illinois unemployment drops in March

    by  • April 18, 2014

    State officials say unemployment in Illinois dropped in March to 8.4 percent. that’s its lowest level since 2009. The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday that March unemployment was down from 8.7 percent in February. But the department noted that new-job creation was still down for the month by about 3,200 jobs. that’s...

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