• Quinn signs Home Affordable Modification measure

    by  • December 26, 2013

    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to prevent lenders from selling a home if the homeowner is applying for federal mortgage assistance. The measure signed Thursday takes effect immediately. In a statement, the Chicago Democrat says “Illinois families must have access to the tools they need to protect their home.” The federal Home Affordable...

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    Iuka to receive $150k for water/sewer improvements

    by  • December 26, 2013

    Governor Pat Quinn today announced more than $1.2 million in state investments in southern Illinois to support critical public works improvements, part of nearly $2 million to help rural communities improve their water and sewer systems, including $150,000 to pay for project that will design storm water and sewage improvements in Iuka. Quinn said...

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    Police ID two killed in Christmas Eve crash on I-57

    by  • December 26, 2013

    Two people died and four others were seriously injured during a Christmas Eve crash on Interstate 57 in southern Illinois. Authorities say 49-year-old Jill Gibson and a 13-year-old unidentified boy died in the wreck that took place around 12:40 p.m. near Ina. The two were passengers in an SUV and both from Hopkinsville, Ky....

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    Schools to require meningitis vaccine for students

    by  • December 26, 2013

    A new law requiring meningitis vaccines for Illinois teens technically takes effect on New Year’s Day, although the rollout is  going to be slow. The law requires students entering sixth and twelfth grade be inoculated or get booster shots. The state health department still has to develop rules for enforcing the law, so it’s...

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    Quinn grants clemency to 38 Illinois offenders

    by  • December 26, 2013

    Thirty-eight people have been granted clemency by Gov. Pat Quinn for crimes that date as far back as 1971. The democratic governor announced Tuesday that he also denied another 129 petitions for clemency. Crimes committed by those who were pardoned include theft, possession of a controlled substance, burglary and forgery, and solicitation of prostitutes....

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    Ill. flu season gets late start

    by  • December 26, 2013

    The flu season is getting a late start this year but officials say it’s officially here and will be for some time. The Centers for Disease Control Prevention say Illinois is being hit by the virus on a regional basis, one step below the “widespread” categorization. Doctors and pharmacists are reporting more patients with...

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