• SAFB airman pleads guilty in pipe bomb plot

    by  • April 23, 2014

    A 21-year-old who was a senior airman at Scott Air Force Base pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing pipe bombs in a brief case, shotgun shells, and a bag full of razors, screws, shrapnel and propane cylinders. In October, a witness told authorities that Justin Vangilder had several pipe bombs in his Shiloh home. Vangilder...

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    Lawsuit seeks monitoring of Quinn patronage hiring

    by  • April 23, 2014

    A federal judge is being asked to appoint a monitor to keep an eye on political hiring in the Illinois Department of Transportation. The request comes in a motion filed by Michael Shakman, the plaintiff in an anti-patronage federal court case in Cook County that began in 1972 and resulted in consent decrees against...

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    Audit finds money misspent on police/coroner training

    by  • April 23, 2014

    A state audit has found that money intended to train police officers and coroners in Illinois was misspent on food and rooms at seminars. The report by Auditor General William Holland released Tuesday also found that the Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board did not keep adequate records showing who was trained with $1.6...

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    Skokie man files suit after denied concealed carry permit

    by  • April 23, 2014

    A suburban Chicago man has filed a federal lawsuit claiming Illinois State Police had unconstitutionally denied him a permit to carry a concealed gun. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 69-year-old John Berron of Skokie sued after receiving a letter last month that explained the Illinois Concealed Carry Commission received an objection to his application...

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    Corn growers struggle to get crops in the ground

    by  • April 23, 2014

    Efforts by the nation’s corn growers to get their crops planted in key grain states continue to sputter. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says just 6 percent of this year’s corn crop is in the ground. That compares to the average of 14 percent over the previous five years and 4 percent a year...

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