• Programs launching to help mentally ill defendants

    by  • December 16, 2013

    More options are becoming available for defendants with mental illness. Two new programs are being launched to help defendants with mental illness get help and stay out of jail. “Second chance probation” starts in a few weeks and offers first-time non-violent felons the chance to get a clean record by honoring their probation. Public...

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    Federal inmate bus involved in freeway crash

    by  • December 16, 2013

    Authorities say a southern Illinois freeway crash involving a busload of federal prisoners sent all 13 of the vehicle’s occupants to the hospital. Illinois State Police Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. says the westbound bus headed from Kentucky to Jefferson City, Mo., hit a bridge support in Interstate 64′s center median about 5 a.m. Sunday...

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    Lawmakers to scrutinize corporate giveaways

    by  • December 16, 2013

    Corporate incentives, or giveaways, will be under scrutiny next year. ADM, Boeing and others are seeking incentives in excess of what the state usually offers to retain and attract business. There’s concern in Springfield that if ADM gets its request, to keep some of its employees’ state income taxes, the floodgates will open with...

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