• Group seeks more time on mapmaking amendment

    by  • June 11, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — Top Illinois republicans are requesting that the State Board of Elections grant an extension to a group gathering signatures to take the political mapmaking process away from lawmakers. House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno asked the board Tuesday to give “Yes for Independent Maps” more time to...

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    Chicago state rep convicted in federal bribery case

    by  • June 11, 2014

    CHICAGO — A federal jury in Chicago has convicted Illinois state Rep. Derrick Smith of bribery for taking $7,000 from a purported day care operator. Jurors returned with their verdict Tuesday after deliberating about four hours over two days. At trial, prosecutors played secret recordings of the 50-year-old Chicago democrat allegedly accepting 70 $100...

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    Summit warns of identity theft dangers

    by  • June 11, 2014

    MT. VERNON — Illinois state leaders are warning about the dangers of identity theft. On Tuesday, officials from the state comptroller’s office held a workshop in Jefferson County, educating residents about how to protect themselves. Last year, more than 13 million identities were stolen, up more than a million cases from the year before....

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    Poker run rallies can now keep more proceeds

    by  • June 11, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — Charitable “poker run” motorcycle rallies will be able to keep more of their proceeds under a bill Gov. Pat Quinnsigned at a downstate Harley-Davidson dealership. In poker runs, riders typically pay an entry fee, then ride to a series of checkpoints throughout the day where they receive playing cards. The rider with...

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    Cairo man pleads not guilty to deadly bank robbery

    by  • June 11, 2014

    A 29-year-old southern Illinois man allegedly involved in a deadly bank robbery attempt appeared in federal court in Benton on Tuesday. James Watts’ arraignment came a week after the Cairo man was indicted on charges of attempted armed bank robbery resulting in death. Prosecutors say the death penalty could be an option if watts...

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    Fairfield track coach facing new charges in St. Clair County

    by  • June 11, 2014

    ST. CLAIR COUNTY — New charges have been filed against a Fairfield math teacher and track coach already accused of videotaping girls in the school’s locker room. As Timothy C. Going awaits trial on charges he installed a motion-activated camera in the Fairfield school’s girl’s locker room, more allegations of unlawful videotaping of underage...

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