• Man gets probation for child sex crimes

    by  • March 20, 2014

    A 28-year-old Mt. Vernon man was sentenced to four-years sex offender specific probation Wednesday in Marion County  court, after pleading guilty to felony sex crimes. Nicholas A. Weikert was charged in July 2012 with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 13 and two counts aggravated criminal sexual abuse of...

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    Despite protests, senate approves reappointment of IDOC chief

    by  • March 20, 2014

    The Illinois Senate has approved retaining the state’s director of prisons, voting 37-18 to consent to Gov. Pat Quinn’s appointment over complaints from Republicans about the performance of S.A. “Tony” Godinez, who is also a Republican. Godinez has been criticized for a number of issues. He followed Quinn’s directive to close two prisons and...

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    Shobonier teen charged as adult in Vandalia shooting

    by  • March 17, 2014

    A 15-year-old Shobonier teen was charged as an adult Monday in Fayette County court, with the Feb. 3, shooting in Vandalia of another male teen. Nathan T. Wiseman has been held in the Madison County Juvenile Detention Center since the incident in a Vandalia residence, in which another teen suffered a non-fatal gunshot  wound...

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    Nearly one million Honda minivans recalled

    by  • March 17, 2014

    Honda is recalling nearly 900,000 minivans for a defect that could increase fire risk. The recall includes some Honda Odysseys of model years 2005 through 2010. The automaker said it expects replacement parts won’t be available until the summer, but it can provide customers a temporary repair in the meantime. Honda said it would...

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