• Final push to end elected Marion County assessors fails

    by  • August 12, 2014

    SALEM — The latest attempt to make the Marion County supervisor of assessments position an appointed seat failed Tuesday night before the full county board. Board member Micah Mulvaney’s second attempt to take the office selection from the voter and give it to the county board also failed. His first attempt in December was...

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    Mt. Vernon man gets fed time for meth

    by  • August 12, 2014

    A 37-year-old Mt. Vernon man has been sentenced to federal prison, after he earlier pleaded guilty to federal methamphetamine charges. Jose A. Roman was sentenced to 188 months’ imprisonment, five years’ supervised release following his imprisonment, and was fined $200. According to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen Wigginton, the court...

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    Illinois crops outpacing historical averages

    by  • August 12, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ corn and soybean crops continue to outpace the historical averages. Corn is 77 percent in the dough stage and 17 percent dented, and soybeans are 94 percent blooming and 79 percent setting pods. These figures are all ahead of last year (corn: 47 percent dough and 5 percent dented, soybeans: 89...

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    AARP survey shows voter anxiety

    by  • August 12, 2014

    A new survey puts numbers to people’s anxieties about the future. AARP Illinois used the Illinois State Fair’s Senior Day to roll out results of a survey of about 800 voters – roughly half of whom are retired. AARP Illinois Advocacy Director Ryan Gruenenfelder says they worry about their incomes not keeping up with...

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    Prosecutor: Evidence from 100 Alton cases missing

    by  • August 12, 2014

    ALTON (AP) — Authorities in southwestern Illinois are trying to determine how and why evidence in more than 100 Alton cases has been destroyed or discarded, clouding prosecutions. Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons said his office learned on July 23 that an Alton Police Department Evidence Officer improperly disposed of the evidence in...

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