• Americans enter new year without jobs, benefits

    by  • December 23, 2013

    An estimated 1.3 million Americans who are the long-term unemployed are due to have their benefits cut off just after Christmas because Congress didn’t extend the recession initiative in its compromise budget bill passed by the Senate last week. Another 1.9 million currently receiving state jobless benefits due to run out the first half...

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    Centralia looks to Rec Complex for sports programs

    by  • December 23, 2013

    The Centralia City Council Monday night will address a proposed resolution that would approve an agreement between the city and the Recreation Complex. The agreement, says City Manager Dan Ramey, would entail the Rec Complex providing labor personnel to assist with the city’s sports programs this upcoming year. For 12 years those programs were...

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    Odin man arrested following car and foot chase

    by  • December 23, 2013

    A 53-year-old Odin man posted bond and was released this weekend from the Marion County jail after being arrested by sheriff’s deputies on both an alleged car and short foot chase late Friday night. James Johnston was arrested for alleged felony fleeing and attempting to elude police and driving on a revoked license. Deputies...

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    Rep questions motive and content of Murray audit

    by  • December 23, 2013

    In a maneuver described by state Representative Charlie Meier of Okawville as “devious”, the Department of Human Services released an audit last Friday detailing the current status of residents that had already been transferred from the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center to other locations. Meier says it’s devious to release the information when everyone...

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    Two charged in death of Cook County investigator

    by  • December 23, 2013

    Two men are facing murder and robbery charges for the shooting death of an off-duty Illinois sheriff’s investigator who was trying to break up an armed robbery outside a family Christmas party. Twenty-two-year-olds Gage Thorton and Brandon Jackson were both charged early Monday. They’re each facing three counts of First-degree murder and one count...

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    Lawsuit filed against assault weapons ban

    by  • December 20, 2013

    A Chicago suburb that rushed to pass an assault weapons ban ahead of a new state law allowing concealed carry will now have to defend the ban after a resident filed a lawsuit. Arie Friedman argues in his lawsuit against Highland Park that he owns semi-automatic firearms and ammunition magazines for lawful purposes such...

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