• Half of polled Illinoisans would leave the state

    by  • May 1, 2014

    A recent Gallup poll shows nearly half of Illinoisans would leave the state if they could. Gallup asked residents in all 50 states if they had the opportunity, would they move or stay in their current state? After averaging the responses from all 50 states, 33 percent of all residents said they would leave...

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    GOP congressmen call for federal investigation into IDOT hiring

    by  • May 1, 2014

    Republican members of Illinois’ Congressional Delegation are calling for a federal investigation of political hiring in Gov. Pat Quinn’s transportation department. Lawmakers sent a letter Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General. They say they’re concerned federal funds were used in a “scheme” to subvert court-mandated hiring practices. A Chicago attorney filed...

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    Two truckers id’d in fatal I-64 accident

    by  • May 1, 2014

    Police have identified the two truck drivers who died Wednesday morning in a crash that closed westbound Interstate 64 in Clinton County. Alex Delgado, 27, of Key West, Fla., and Melvin C. Lewis, 54, of Opa Locka, Fla., died in the crash. The men were working for a trucking company out of Florida. Delgado...

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    CHS graduate nominated for two Tony Awards

    by  • May 1, 2014

    His work on the Broadway production of Aladdin has a 1986 graduate of Centralia High School nominated for two Tony awards. Chad Beguelin, who grew up in Irvington, was nominated for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score of Music and/or Lyrics written for the theatre. Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim...

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    Police searching for armed robbery suspect

    by  • May 1, 2014

    Authorities in Marion are looking into a Wednesday night armed robbery at a local store, during which a shot was fired. The incident happened around 10 last night at the Dollar General along North Court Street when a suspect reportedly demanded money and fired a weapon before leaving the scene. He left with an...

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    Three arrested in Carlyle Lake duck poaching

    by  • May 1, 2014

    Illinois conservation police have arrested three men in connection with a March duck poaching incident at Carlyle Lake Wildlife Management area near Vandalia. Steven Dean, of Granite City, along with Bradley Peters and Daniel Groves of Wood River, were arrested April 25. The three men face felony charges for their alleged involvement in the...

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