• Dozens of arrests, gang ties for IDOC official earning $110k

    by  • December 9, 2013

    According to federal court documents, 44-year-old Xadrian R. McCraven has a criminal history that includes “at least” 24 arrests on charges including arson, illegal gun possession, attempted robbery, drug possession and aggravated assault — he’s also an Illinois state prison official earning $110,000 a year. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, McCraven has been on...

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    Marion bank robbed over weekend

    by  • December 9, 2013

    Authorities in Williamson County are looking into a Saturday bank robbery in Marion. The holdup reportedly took place around noon on Saturday at the Banterra Bank location along Carbon Street. The suspect wore a full mask and demanded money. Police do not have a description of the person and are working to get surveillance...

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    US Sen. Mark Kirk has gallbladder removed

    by  • December 9, 2013

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Sen. Mark Kirk has had his gallbladder removed. The Highland Park Republican’s office released a statement saying Kirk experienced stomach pains over the weekend and doctors determined he had gallstones. The office said he underwent surgery Monday. The 54-year-old Kirk returned to Congress last year after suffering a stroke in...

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    Southwestern Ill. man accused in scissors stabbing

    by  • December 9, 2013

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois man remains jailed on $200,000 bond after being accused of stabbing another man in the neck with scissors. The Belleville News-Democrat reports St. Clair County prosecutors charged 56-year-old Charles Phillips of Belleville area with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He’s also accused of being a repeat...

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    Teachers in Mount Olive go on strike

    by  • December 9, 2013

    MOUNT OLIVE (AP) — Teachers in Mount Olive School District No. 5 went on strike this morning after the teacher’s union and the district were unable to agree on a new three-year contract. The union and district have been at odds over retaining a retirement incentive for teachers that calls for a 6 percent...

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