• Save Murray effort finds an ally in Washington

    by  • October 16, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The fight to save the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center in Centralia has found a powerful friend in Washington, D.C. U.S. Congressman John Shimkus has joined in the effort. Shimkus has submitted a letter opposing the planned closure Murray to the Health Facilities and Services Review Board. In his letter the southern Illinois congressman...

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    Seniors and disabled can get help with Medicare enrollment

    by  • October 16, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The Illinois Department on Aging says seniors and disabled people can get free help enrolling in Medicare. Agency director John. K. Holton says the counseling assistance is available for participants and their caregivers through Dec. 7. Open enrollment began Tuesday. Counselors from the agency’s Senior Health Insurance Program will help beneficiaries and caregivers understand...

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    Pastor found unfit to stand trial for sex abuse

    by  • October 16, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A former Union County pastor has been found mentally unfit to stand trail in a sexual abuse case. Reports indicate 75-year-old Bill Vandergraph is still required to register as a sex offender even though he wasn’t convicted. Vandergraph had been charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child under the age of 13...

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    Southern Ill. voters favor reform, term limits

    by  • October 16, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Reform, reform, reform – that’s what southern Illinois voters say they support in a new poll. According to the poll released by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, voters are solidly in favor of term limits, open primaries, and changing the redistricting process. John Jackson, co-director of the poll, says,...

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    Cullerton: Pension issue could bypass committee

    by  • October 15, 2013 • 0 Comments

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says the state’s pension crisis could be addressed in the fall legislative session even if a committee working on it remains split. The Chicago Democrat tells The Associated Press in an interview that lawmakers could bypass the committee and call a vote through another legislative route....

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