• Road funds approved for area projects

    by  • October 18, 2013 • 0 Comments

    According to Senator Kyle McCarter, a Lebanon republican, the Illinois Department of Transportation has awarded construction contracts for a project near Breese. McCarter says a nearly $489,000 contract was awarded for road construction at the intersection of Jamestown Road and Holy Cross Lane north of Breese has been awarded to Keller Construction, Inc., of...

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    Clergy coming forward in support of marriage equality

    by  • October 18, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The push for same-sex marriage involves clergy announcing their support. The Rev. Dawnn Brumfield said at a Chicago news conference organized by African American ministers who support same-sex marriage that she unapologetically supports the religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. The Rev. Charles M. Straight of Faith United Methodist Church in Dolton is urging...

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    Schools to receive even less funding next year

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    School administrators in Illinois are being warned to prepare for even less state funding for the next fiscal year. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the Illinois State Board of Education is telling school districts to prepare to receive about 85 percent of the normal general state aid payments. This year, the...

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    Ill. Supreme Court invalidates “Amazon Tax” of online sales

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    The Illinois Supreme Court is invalidating a two-year-old Illinois law charging taxes on certain internet sales. The justices ruled 6-1 in an opinion released Friday to invalidate the so-called “Amazon Tax.” The ruling determined that the law violates a pre-emptive federal decree prohibiting “discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce.” Lawmakers created the internet tax in...

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    Despite contrary claims, IDOC’s own numbers show increase in violence

    by  • October 18, 2013 • 0 Comments

    SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Dave Luechtefeld (R-Okawville), is voicing concern over increasing violence in the state’s Department of Corrections, noting the number of inmate-on-staff assaults are up more than 20 percent in the most recent fiscal year that ended June 30. “530 officers and other frontline staff were assaulted during Fiscal Year 2013, that...

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