• State investing millions in Menard and Chester MHC

    by  • April 21, 2014

    Governor Pat Quinn has announced investments of $4.4 million to replace the roofing system at Chester Mental Health Center and to construct a cold storage building at Menard Correctional Center in Chester, both are funded by the Illinois Jobs Now! construction program. Quinn says the Menard project will allow more effective operations, both projects...

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    Escaped Bond County inmate caught after chase

    by  • April 21, 2014

    A high-speed chase outside Pocahontas this morning led to the arrest of a man who reportedly escaped from the Bond County jail over the weekend. Police say officers were tipped to 30-year-old Andrew Walker’s whereabouts in his hometown of Pierron in Madison County Monday morning. Authorities say a pursuit was started after police located...

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    Orphans struggling to maintain lead in mascot contest

    by  • April 21, 2014

    Supporters of the Centralia Orphans in the USA Today 2014 Best Mascot contest are calling all “Or-fans” to get online and start voting for the Centralia High School mascot. With fewer than four days left in voting, the competition is quickly building their numbers and if additional voters don’t get online and start voting...

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    HIV numbers on the rise in southern Illinois

    by  • April 21, 2014

    Public health officials say HIV cases in southern Illinois are on the rise. The Southern Illinois HIV Care Connect office in Jackson County’s Health Department tracks the data in 19 counties. They say the region has averaged 14 to 15 new HIV cases a year. But that number jumped to 21 in 2012 and...

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