• Former Congressman Ken Gray dies

    by  • July 14, 2014

    BENTON — Former Congressman and well known southern Illinois democrat Ken Gray has died. The 89-year-old Gray passed away a little after 11 p.m. Saturday at Herrin Hospital after battling illness in recent years. Gray was first elected to Congress in 1954. He served a total of 25 years, spanning parts of four decades...

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    State looks to argue appellate ruling on Murray wards

    by  • July 14, 2014

    MOUNT VERNON — Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is seeking a review of a recent appellate court ruling on the Clinton County case regarding state wards residing at the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center in Centralia. In April the Fifth Appellate Court in Mt. Vernon handed down a loss to the AG when the...

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    Feds raid Madison County home; man arrested for child porn

    by  • July 11, 2014

    ALHAMBRA — Federal authorities raided a home in northeast Madison County on Thursday, and on Friday filed a three-count indictment against a rural Alhambra man on child pornography charges. Robert E. Godsey, 34, was charged Friday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis with receipt, possession and distribution of visual depictions of minors...

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    Some Illinois lawmakers voluntarily giving up pay

    by  • July 11, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Some Illinois lawmakers are taking matters into their own hands after the Legislature moved for the first time in years not to take furlough days to save taxpayer dollars. Reps. Fred Crespo, Marty Moylan and Don Moffitt are among those who plan to give the minimum $3,100 bump they’ll see in...

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