• Bail set at $40k for Oklahoma man charged with rural Salem burglaries

    by  • September 30, 2013 • 0 Comments

    An encounter with a 33-year-old man passed out in his pickup truck may have helped Marion County Sheriff’s deputies solve two weekend residential burglaries. Jamison Wayne Gifford of Lawton, Oklahoma, and formerly of the Salem area, remained in custody of the Marion County Jail. He was formally charged Monday morning in Marion County Court...

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    Lawmaker seeks to eliminate education board funding

    by  • September 30, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A state lawmaker has a proposal for state education officials who want more money for alternative schools: get another job. State Rep. Dan Brady (R-Bloomington) wants to eliminate funding for the Illinois State Board of Education and the state superintendent of schools office. Brady says that with (local) superintendents and regional offices of education,...

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    ISP struggles with backlog of FOID card applications

    by  • September 30, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The Illinois State Police continues to struggle with a backlog of applications for gun ownership. So it remains to be seen how they can handle an influx of requests for permits to carry concealed weapons. The department has 49,000 applications for firearm owners identification cards (FOID) awaiting approval. A new law allows the carrying...

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    Body of missing southern Illinois woman found

    by  • September 30, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Authorities in southern Illinois’ Hamilton County say the body of a 43-year-old woman has been found days after she went missing. Coroner Ronald Ewald says an autopsy was planned for Monday on Susan Dunlap’s body. She was found Sunday in a wooded area near McLeansboro, not far from her home. Dunlap was last seen...

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