• Proposed budget plan coul re-open Murphysboro IYC

    by  • March 27, 2014

    The state’s shuttered juvenile prison in Murphysboro could be reopened as a special adult prison for drunk driving offenders under Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget proposal. The plan, which relies on the General Assembly making the 67 percent income tax increase permanent, could bring jobs to a southern Illinois facility that Quinn closed less than...

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    Obit: Lorene Marie Zimmerman

    by  • March 26, 2014

    CENTRALIA — Lorene Marie Zimmerman, 85 of Centralia, formerly of Patoka, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Emergency Room. She was born January 4, 1929 in Patoka the daughter of Morton and Ida Elizabeth (Cox) Walker. She married Dale W.  Zimmerman on April 6, 1946 in Vandalia. He preceded...

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    Quinn calls for tax hike to be permanent, hints at property tax relief

    by  • March 26, 2014

    Gov. Pat Quinn outlined his case Wednesday for making Illinois’ temporary income tax increase permanent, predicting “extreme and radical” budget cuts to schools and services without “stabilized” revenue. The Chicago democrat — embarking on what’s expected to be a difficult re-election bid against republican businessman Bruce Rauner— tied the idea to relief for homeowners,...

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    Free on bail, two Mt. Vernon men arrested on meth charges

    by  • March 26, 2014

    Two men who were subjects in a Mt. Vernon drug sweep in May have again been arrested, this time on a string of methamphetamine related felonies. According to Jefferson County State’s Attorney Doug Hoffman, members of the Mt. Vernon Police Department/Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Joint Narcotics Division on Sunday arrested 46-year-old Larry W. York...

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