• State successful in fighting unemployment fraud

    by  • December 17, 2013

    Illinois efforts to stop unemployment fraud prevented $1 million from being paid in the first three months since a working group was created as part of a reorganization of the Illinois Department of Employment security, the state agency said Monday. “The unemployment insurance program is a balance between paying workers enough to tide them...

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    Class action sought in police torture cases

    by  • December 17, 2013

    Lawyers want a judge to grant class status to prisoners who may have been tortured into giving false confessions by Chicago police. The Chicago Sun-Times reports attorney Locke Bowman estimates that about 40 people are falsely imprisoned in Illinois after being tortured by police under the watch of former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge....

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    Fairview Heights clerk charged with stealing fees

    by  • December 17, 2013

    The clerk of Fairview Heights is accused of stealing more than $10,000 in impound fees from the southwestern Illinois city. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that prosecutors in St. Clair County have charged 43-year-old Patricia Ostendorf of New Athens with theft and official misconduct. The criminal complaint alleges that Ostendorf stole the money from May...

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    Conceal carry classes quickly filling

    by  • December 17, 2013

    Training classes for concealed-carry gun safety are filling up fast before the new law takes effect in a few weeks. Illinois State Police will begin processing applications after the new year starts and one requirement is that everyone applying undergoes training. The southern Illinois concealed carry academy says they’re getting calls every day from...

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    Flu cases result in hospital visitor restrictions

    by  • December 17, 2013

    St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese has placed restrictions on visitors due to an increase in influenza or ‘flu’ cases. Children under the age of 14 and anyone displaying any flu-like symptoms are asked to not visit patients at St. Joseph’s until restrictions are lifted. Symptoms can include fever or chills, sore throat, body or...

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