• GOP claims “backroom deal” in Medicaid roll cleansing

    by  • December 18, 2013

    Illinois republicans are decrying what they call a “backroom deal” to oust a company successfully scrubbing Medicaid rolls of ineligible clients. An arbitrator ruled yesterday that the contract between democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Maximus to root out fraud in the Medicaid health care program for low-income patients will end April 30. Much of...

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    State agrees to paper applications for concealed carry permits

    by  • December 18, 2013

    State officials have changed their minds about the kind of applications they’ll accept from people who want concealed carry permits. After saying the Illinois State Police would only accept online applications, the Quinn administration says that beginning in July paper applications will also be accepted. The online application process begins next month. In similar...

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    Red Bud girl’s “kill list” posed no actual threat

    by  • December 18, 2013

    Police in southern Illinois’ Red Bud say they’ve concluded that a sixth-grade girl’s list of schoolmates she wanted to kill posed no actual threat. Reports say the unidentified girl’s so-called “kill list” involving 11 students was discovered Friday. Police investigated and have told parents there’s nothing to fear. Police and school administrators say the...

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    State moving to fire IDOC official with criminal history

    by  • December 18, 2013

    One thing appears to beat clout in Illinois and that’s bad press. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the state is moving to fire a $111,432-a-year Illinois prison official after the publication revealed earlier this month the man’s lengthy criminal history. Xadrian R. McCraven was placed on paid leave Monday afternoon, said Tom Shaer, a...

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    Centralia teen charged with multiple counts battery

    by  • December 18, 2013

    Another One Hope United resident was arrested by Centralia police Tuesday, after multiple incidents landed him in the Marion County jail. Shannon I. Barnes, 17-year-old, was charged Wednesday in Marion County court with two Class 2 counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer, a Class 3 count of aggravated battery to a school...

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    One Hope resident charged in child sex assault

    by  • December 18, 2013

    A 17-year-old resident of One Hope United was arrested Tuesday morning by Centralia police for alleged sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl. Phinique L.D. Jones was formally charged in Marion County court Wednesday morning, with two Class X counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13. According to...

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