• Train derailment spills coal in Franklin County

    by  • October 28, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A Sunday train derailment remains under investigation in Franklin County. The derailment involving the train hauling coal occurred a little before 1:30 p.m. between Christopher and Ziegler but authorities said it didn’t pose a threat to public safety. No roads were closed as a result of the derailment, however, the railroad tracks will be...

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    Part of capiol renovation area houses media

    by  • October 28, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The $51 million renovation of the west wing of the state capitol includes $6.5 million for the basement, about half the square footage of which is office space for news organizations. Radio, newspaper, television, and wire service reporters who cover Illinois politics and government full-time have used publicly-funded space since at least the 1950s,...

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    Fewer meals for Ill. inmates costlier than thought

    by  • October 25, 2013 • 0 Comments

    By JOHN O’CONNOR and KERRY LESTER Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Feeding prisoners two daily meals instead of three seems like it should save money, but substituting breakfast and lunch for “brunch” at Illinois’ two dozen state prisons could cost several million dollars. Disappointed lawmakers learned this week that it cost the Illinois...

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