• Marion County unemployment lowest since 2008

    by  • May 23, 2014

    Unemployment has dropped to its lowest level in Marion County since 2008. April numbers released by the Illinois  Department of Employment Security show unemployment fell to 8.4 percent in April, down from 10.1 percent in March and 10 percent a year ago. The seasonally unadjusted April numbers for Washington County are at 5.0, showing...

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    Task force expands scope of heroin use education

    by  • May 22, 2014

    The Illinois Senate gave final legislative approval Wednesday to a measure expanding the ongoing study of a growing heroin use problem in Illinois to include the drug’s impact on younger children, according to state Sen. Kyle McCarter. House Bill 4542, co-sponsored by McCarter, broadens the scope of the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force...

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    Bill banning ticket quotas goes to Quinn for approval

    by  • May 22, 2014

    Under a possible new law, police departments would be prohibited from having ticket “quotas” under legislation approved Wednesday by the Illinois House. The measure, sponsored in the House by Rep. Jay Hoffman, a Swansea Democrat, passed 106-9, and now heads to Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk for his approval. If signed into law, the measure...

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    Charges of predatory assault dismissed against teen

    by  • May 22, 2014

    Sexual assault charges a 17-year-old resident of One Hope United were dismissed in Marion County court Wednesday. Phinique Jones was arrested in December by Centralia police for alleged sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl. Jones was subsequently charged with two Class X counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age...

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    Storm damaged poles, left thousands without power

    by  • May 22, 2014

    A severe thunderstorm that went through Washington County late Wednesday afternoon caused a power outages for  Ameren and Tri County Electric Coop. There were over 3,700 Ameren customers and over 1,000 TCEC customers who were immediately without power. Nearly 2,700 total in Nashville and over 1,000 in Okawville were affected. Initial reports were that...

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    Law enforcement looking for dangerous fugitive

    by  • May 22, 2014

    Authorities in Union County are asking for the public’s help locating a 38-year-old fugitive. Brian K. Haymaker is a convicted sex offender wanted on a parole violation by the Illinois Department of Corrections. The Union County Sheriff’s Office says Haymaker was spotted Tuesday night in Union County but fled from police. Haymaker is still...

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