• IDOC documents show fired official had been issued sidearm

    by  • January 15, 2014

    While the Illinois Department of Corrections and Gov. Pat Quinn’s office continue to defend the previous employment of a convicted felon, contradictions in their arguments have surfaced. According to IDOC spokesman Tom Shaer, recently terminated corrections employee Xadrian McCraven “never had any management or security duties and certainly was not involved in “running the...

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    Opinion: IDHS responds to Meier column on Murray Center

    by  • January 15, 2014

    To Whom it May Concern, I am writing to clear up a number of blatant inaccuracies in a recent editorial regarding the closure of the Murray Developmental Center. For far too long, Illinois has relied on an archaic system of care for people with developmental disabilities and underestimated their ability to communicate, interact and...

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    BREAKING: Hazmat situation closes I-57 in Williamson County

    by  • January 14, 2014

    According to Williamson County fire officials, both northbound and southbound traffic on Interstate 57 were shut down near Johnston City as of 8:30 Tuesday night. A semi-truck crash has resulted in a hazardous materials situation that crews are warning could be a breathing hazard. Motorists are encouraged to avoid that area of the interstate....

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    Carlyle Lake area home to dozens of bald eagles

    by  • January 14, 2014

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in cooperation with the Carlyle High School will be hosting a program presented by the World Bird Sanctuary. “All About Eagles” will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014, beginning at 12:30 p.m. located in the Carlyle High School Gymnasium. The World Bird Sanctuary will have a live...

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    Seven arrested for meth production

    by  • January 14, 2014

    Seven people have been arrested as part of a drug investigation in Wayne county. All seven were taken into custody around 12:30 a.m. Monday at a home in the southwestern part of the county near Bluford. The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office says during a search of the home deputies found several items used to...

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    Thousands apply daily for concealed carry permits

    by  • January 14, 2014

    Illinois residents are applying for permits to carry concealed weapons at a rate of more than 1,000 a day — leaving local police agencies worried they won’t be able to identify applicants with a history of violence. Illinois law gives the state police 120 days to investigate applications and issue permits. But at the...

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