• Father and son arrested on heroin charges

    by  • March 25, 2014

    Bail has been set and public defenders appointed for a father and son arrested by Kinmundy police for alleged possession of heroin. Reports indicate 31-year-old Josh Robinson, of Kinmundy, and his 60-year-old father John J. Robinson, of Violet Hills,  Arkansas, were arrested after Kinmundy police approached a vehicle at the home of the son,...

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    Bill would increase minimum child visitation

    by  • March 25, 2014

    A bill aimed at increasing the minimum amount of parenting time judges must award to non-custodial parents is headed to the House floor, but its ultimate fate is uncertain. The bill, HB 5425, passed the House Judiciary Committee Monday afternoon by a 9-3 vote, but its sponsor, Rep. John Cabello, R-Machesney Park, said he...

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    Proposed law would increase gun crime penalties

    by  • March 25, 2014

    An Illinois lawmaker wants to increase penalties for gun owners who illegally carry firearms into schools. State Rep. Deborah Conroy is introducing a proposal that would make carrying guns into Illinois schools a felony. that includes pre-schools up to colleges and universities. Currently, first and second-time offenders are charged with a misdemeanor. Another measure...

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    Measure would limit water/sewer connection fees

    by  • March 25, 2014

    State Senator Kyle McCarter, a Lebanon republican, has sponsored legislation that is intended to limit the amount municipalities can charge for connection to water and sewer systems. According to McCarter, the difference can currently be in the tens of thousands of dollars for developers building on a property. He notes that his bill would...

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    Couple charged in death of disabled man

    by  • March 25, 2014

    A southwestern Illinois couple is accused of criminal neglect of a disabled person in the death of a blind man who authorities say weighed just 60 pounds. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that St. Clair County prosecutors charged 49-year-old Richard Young and 32-year-old Elizabeth Young of Belleville on Monday. The charges allege that as Billy...

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