• Man allegedly pulls gun in restaurant drive-thru

    by  • December 3, 2013

    A 23-year-old Saline County man is facing charges in Franklin County for allegedly pulling a gun at a fast food drive-thru. Sean Robinson of Galatia reportedly displayed a gun early Sunday in the drive-thru of the Benton Hardee’s. Robinson was taken to the Franklin County jail on charges including the aggravated unlawful use of...

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    TV tax proposed for business incentives

    by  • December 3, 2013

    The idea of a tax on satellite TV is alive again in Illinois. The idea, says state Rep. Mike Zalewski (D-Riverside), is to offset the money the state would give up in incentives to up to three companies considering moves into or out of Illinois. Zalewski says one thing they’ve heard from critics is...

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    Robert retiring as warden from Centralia prison

    by  • December 3, 2013

    The Illinois Department of Corrections is losing another administrator to retirement at the end of the month. Brad J. “B.J.” Robert, warden of Centralia Correctional Center, submitted his notice Monday of intent to retire at the end of this month. Robert is a long-time member of the Clinton County Democratic Party and former owner...

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    Judge clears way for Detroit to file bankruptcy

    by  • December 3, 2013

    A judge says Detroit is eligible to fix its finances in bankruptcy court. The ruling Tuesday clears the way for the city to come up with a plan to shed $18 billion in debt. It comes four months after Detroit sought Chapter 9 protection in the largest public filing in U.S. history. Detroit must...

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    Lawmakers convening special session on pensions

    by  • December 3, 2013

    Illinois lawmakers returning Springfield are scrambling to digest details of a complex plan to solve the state’s $100 billion pension crisis. Some members, including House republicans, were given a draft of the 325-page bill Sunday night. A bipartisan pension reform committee meets Tuesday morning and both chambers are expected to consider the legislation later...

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