• Topinka says legislation not needed on bill backlog

    by  • May 13, 2014

    The state’s comptroller says it’s not necessary to pass legislation to use any unexpected revenue on paying down the state’s bill backlog. According to Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, the $1.2 billion in additional tax revenue that wasn’t figured into this year’s budget is already being used to pay overdue bills. Topinka says there are...

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    Carlyle man sentenced to probation, sex crimes dismissed

    by  • May 13, 2014

    A 31-year-old Carlyle man was sentenced Monday in Clinton County court to probation, after multiple counts of criminal sexual abuse were dismissed. Juan Manuel Fuentes-Nuevo must serve 2-years probation after he pleaded guilty Monday to Class A misdemeanor battery. He must also pay more than $2,600 in fines, fees and restitution per the plea...

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    Vandalia Fire Ruled Arson

    by  • May 13, 2014

    Investigators with the Illinois State Fire Marshall have ruled Saturday’s fire at the Central High Apartments in Vandalia was the result of arson. Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person, or persons, responsible for Saturday’s fire that claimed the life of 63 year-old Jerry Voris.  Voris was a long-time resident...

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    IDOT hires had political clout

    by  • May 12, 2014

    (AP) — Dozens of state jobs involved in a dispute over whether they should be free of politics were filled by Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration with candidates who were politically connected or gave campaign money to the governor’s party. That’s according to an Associated Press review of state documents. Among those Illinois Department of...

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    Measure would address mine subsidence insurance

    by  • May 12, 2014

    The southern two-thirds of Illinois is subject to mine subsidence. A bill sponsored by state Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Swansea) would provide some protection for insurance customers. Hoffman says when people pay mine subsidence insurance, they expect to get that insurance. However, when an event occurs, and there is mine subsidence, they should be notified...

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