• Centralia traffic stop results in two felony drug arrests

    by  • March 31, 2014

    Centralia police arrested two people Saturday night, after a traffic stop resulted in the alleged discovery of a controlled  substance. According to reports, 21-year-old Ricosha Young, of Centralia, was arrested after she was being walked away from the vehicle and reportedly dropped a baggie holding multiple other baggies that contained a substance that field...

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    McHaney to lead 4th circuit as new chief judge

    by  • March 31, 2014

    With the current Chief Judge of the Illinois Fourth Judicial District set to take his seat Tuesday on the Fifth Appellate Court bench, a new chief judge has been named. The Honorable Michael McHaney, of Salem, will take over the chief judge’s position in the Fourth Circuit as the Honorable S. Gene Schwarm takes...

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    Proposed budget plan coul re-open Murphysboro IYC

    by  • March 27, 2014

    The state’s shuttered juvenile prison in Murphysboro could be reopened as a special adult prison for drunk driving offenders under Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget proposal. The plan, which relies on the General Assembly making the 67 percent income tax increase permanent, could bring jobs to a southern Illinois facility that Quinn closed less than...

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    Obit: Lorene Marie Zimmerman

    by  • March 26, 2014

    CENTRALIA — Lorene Marie Zimmerman, 85 of Centralia, formerly of Patoka, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Emergency Room. She was born January 4, 1929 in Patoka the daughter of Morton and Ida Elizabeth (Cox) Walker. She married Dale W.  Zimmerman on April 6, 1946 in Vandalia. He preceded...

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    Quinn calls for tax hike to be permanent, hints at property tax relief

    by  • March 26, 2014

    Gov. Pat Quinn outlined his case Wednesday for making Illinois’ temporary income tax increase permanent, predicting “extreme and radical” budget cuts to schools and services without “stabilized” revenue. The Chicago democrat — embarking on what’s expected to be a difficult re-election bid against republican businessman Bruce Rauner— tied the idea to relief for homeowners,...

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