• 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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    Salem schedules leaf vacuuming

    by  • March 25, 2014

    The City of Salem will be conducting leaf vacuuming next week, starting Monday, March 31 through Friday, April 4. Salem residents wanting to have their leaves vacuumed should have them raked next to the curb in front of their home on their regular trash collection day. They should ensure the leaves are not raked...

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    KC board approves higher tuition, HVAC degree program

    by  • March 25, 2014

    The Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees met Monday night and approved a tuition increase effective summer 2014. In-district tuition will be set at $105.00 a credit hour and mandatory fees will remain at $14.00 per credit hour for a total of $119.00, a change from the current $111.00 credit hour rate. Out-of district tuition...

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