• In wake of Nov. tornadoes, group calls for stronger building codes

    by  • November 25, 2013 • 0 Comments

    An organization that studies how homes hold up in disasters is suggesting stronger building codes when Illinois rebuilds from last week’s tornadoes. The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes – not a government agency but a private non-profit that studies natural disasters – says updated building codes would make homes more resistant to damage. President...

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    Illinois ranked third worst-run state in nation

    by  • November 25, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Illinois was ranked the third worst-run state in the country, according to an annual survey by 24/7 wall street. Illinois’ low-credit rating and high level of unemployment were cited as reasons for its low placement on the list. In addition, Illinois has the 11th highest debt per capita ($5,041), 9th largest budget deficit (18.5...

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    Illinois backlog of unpaid bills again growing

    by  • November 25, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Illinois’ comptroller says the state’s backlog of unpaid bills is growing again. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the backlog has grown to about $8.8 billion. The state’s balance of unpaid bills was shrinking in the spring, thanks to an influx of tax revenue. Brad Hahn is a spokesman for Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka....

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    Quinn draws democrat primary opponent

    by  • November 25, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Governor Pat Quinn has formally drawn a democratic primary opponent. Former Ceasefire director Tio Hardiman filed his nominating petitions on Monday with the Illinois State Board of Elections to challenge Quinn in the March 18 primary. “I just want to let everybody in Illinois know that I’m dead serious about running for governor,” Hardiman...

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    Two airlifted after Sunday accident south of Salem

    by  • November 25, 2013 • 0 Comments

    According to the Illinois State Police, occupants of a car involved in a single vehicle crash around 12:45 Sunday afternoon on Cartter Road south of Salem were airlifted to St. Louis hospitals for treatment of injuries. Accident reports say the driver of the car, 39-year-old Jonathan Spencer, of Salem, was westbound on Cartter Road...

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