• New hearing date for uncle charged with killing niece

    by  • January 9, 2014

    A February hearing has been set in the case of a southern Illinois man accused of killing his niece. The Effingham Daily News reports that the date was set during a Thursday hearing for 22-year-old Justin DeRyke in Effingham County Circuit Court. DeRyke is charged with the September death of 7-year-old Willow Long of...

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    Mt. Vernon man sentenced to IDOC for failure to register

    by  • January 8, 2014

    A 45-year-old Mt. Vernon man was sentenced Tuesday in Jefferson County court to 6-years in prison after he pleaded guilty to failure to report as a dangerous and violent sex offender — a Class 2 felony. Ronnie Broadway reportedly fled the area in September 2013, after allegedly battering his disabled mother that August. A...

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    Dillard calls for Quinn to fire IDOC director

    by  • January 8, 2014

    Gov. Pat Quinn is standing by the state’s top prison official Monday after the Chicago Sun-Times reported that a former gang member was found unfit to work for the Department of Corrections two separate times — and then got a high-paying job anyway. But republican candidate for Governor Kirk Dillard today called on Governor...

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    Trial begins in fight to save Murray Center

    by  • January 7, 2014

    A bench trial on a challenge to the state’s decision to close the Warren G. Murray Center in Centralia started Tuesday morning in Chicago. U.S. District Judge Marvin Aspen began hearing testimony Tuesday at the Dirksen Federal Building. The Murray Parents’ Association and developmentally disabled groups are trying to block the closure of Murray....

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    Severe weather creates problems, challenges in area

    by  • January 6, 2014

    Governor Pat Quinn Monday made a disaster declaration due to the severe winter weather and activated the Illinois National Guard to provide aid. According to the National Weather Service is reporting an average of 12” of snow fell in Centralia Sunday. The snow, combined with high winds and brutal cold has resulted in all...

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