• Teachers in Mount Olive go on strike

    by  • December 9, 2013

    MOUNT OLIVE (AP) — Teachers in Mount Olive School District No. 5 went on strike this morning after the teacher’s union and the district were unable to agree on a new three-year contract. The union and district have been at odds over retaining a retirement incentive for teachers that calls for a 6 percent...

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    Make-A-Wish helps Ill. girl, 14, publish a novel

    by  • December 9, 2013

    PLAINFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago teenager is celebrating her new-found status as a published author. Ravina Thakkar’s novel is called “The Adventure of a Lifetime” and was published with the help of Make-A-Wish Foundation. Thakkar, who lives in the southwestern Chicago suburb of Plainfield, was 10 when she first told the charity...

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    I-70 accident sends Salem man to hospital

    by  • December 9, 2013

    According to the Illinois State Police, a 58-year-old Salem man was seriously injured in a two vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on Interstate 70 near the Brownstown exit.  Accident reports say Frank Keener was eastbound when he approached an earlier accident. He followed the direction of a fireman, moved to the driving lane and slowed...

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    Judge tosses most DHS motions in federal Murray case

    by  • December 9, 2013

    A federal judge Friday tossed out the majority motions filed by the state in a court case that has the futures of Murray Center residents at its core. Judge Marvin Aspen scolded the Department of Human Services for their motion seeking to have hundreds of letters, and affidavits submitted in the case thrown out....

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    Quinn fighting against plan to lower ethanol blend

    by  • December 9, 2013

    Gov. Pat Quinn is in Washington DCtoday to fight against a plan to cut the amount of ethanol that has to be blended into gasoline. The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed cutting the amount of renewable fuels that refiners have to use by 3 billion gallons, the first reduction of the renewable fuel standard...

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    Cancer rates higher in downstate Illinois

    by  • December 9, 2013

    A new study says cancer rates are higher in downstate Illinois. The report from the Illinois Department of Health and the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine compares cancer statistics over 20 years in 73 downstate counties to the northern part of the state, and finds that downstate, mortality rates are higher and survival...

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