• Illinois backlog of unpaid bills again growing

    by  • November 25, 2013

    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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    Local candidates begin submitting nomination petitions

    by  • November 25, 2013

    A sure sign campaign season is underway in Illinois comes as election officials prepare to receive nomination petitions. Monday is the first day the papers can be filed for candidates standing in the March 18 primary. And who gets theirs in first also helps determine who gets their name listed in coveted positions high...

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    Quinn draws democrat primary opponent

    by  • November 25, 2013

    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

    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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    Jefferson County schools to join ROE 13

    by  • November 25, 2013

    The Illinois State Board of Education has redrawn the map of regional education offices to meet a deadline set by the legislature and Regional Office 13 will be growing. The board voted Friday after hearing from regional superintendents who objected to the way the map would consolidate their offices. A new state law required...

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    Two weekend burglaries under investigation

    by  • November 25, 2013

    Two residential burglaries were reported to the Marion County Sheriff’s department this weekend. Crystal Smith of Burge Road in Centralia reported the window of a door was broken out to gain entry to her home sometime before 8 p.m. Saturday. A handgun that was in a black carry case was reportedly taken. A house...

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