• Ameren seeking $206 mill rate hike, CUB opposes move

    by  • April 25, 2014

    According to David Kolata, executive director for the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), Ameren has filed a request for a $206.4 million rate hike to pay for upgrades to its power grid. “After an expensive winter, this is the last thing Ameren customers want to hear. That’s why CUB will analyze every penny of the...

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    Former IDHS director fined $100k for ethics violations

    by  • April 25, 2014

    A former director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has been fined $100,000 for violating the ethics act for state employees. The Executive Ethics Commission approved a settlement Wednesday between the Illinois Attorney General and former Healthcare and Family Services Director Barry Maram. Maram agreed to pay the state $100,000 to...

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    Orphans win consecutive title for best mascot

    by  • April 25, 2014

    Congratulations to the Centralia Orphans for once again being named best high school mascot in the United States. The Orphans are the first high school team to win back-to-back titles in a USA Today competition, pulling in a consecutive win for best high school mascot in the country. Orphan fans racked up 210,621 votes...

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    Okawville PD investigating Easter morning incident

    by  • April 24, 2014

    According to Okawville Police Chief Steve Milken, two individuals suffered head injuries in an early Sunday morning incident at a residence in the Washington Springs Mobile Home Park. Additional details will be released later, but at this time Milken confirms the two individuals suffered the head injuries around 2 a.m. Sunday and were airlifted...

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    Jackson County man gets 100 years for Carbondale murder

    by  • April 24, 2014

    A Jackson County man has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for a 2013 fatal shooting in Carbondale. Kely Y. Arbuckle, 26, of Murphysboro, was sentenced Wednesday in Jackson County court. Arbuckle was convicted in January of first degree murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm in the death of tToren Stanley. Authorities...

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