• Quinn announces Paul Vallas as running mate

    by  • November 8, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Gov. Pat Quinn has announced his lieutenant governor running mate for the 2014 election. According to reports, Quinn has chosen Paul Vallas as his running mate. Vallas, who ran an unsuccessful bid for governor in 2002, has courted controversy over the years, heading up school districts in Philadelphia, New Orleans and Chicago. Nationally known...

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    Hall of Fame coach loses cancer battle

    by  • November 7, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Fred Rakers, the Hall of Fame coach who built Mater Dei High School into one of the state’s top volleyball programs, died Wednesday afternoon after battling cancer for several months. Rakers was 68 and his cancer was diagnosed in August. He is survived by his wife, Rosie, and children Chad Rakers, Jennifer Calloway and...

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    Iuka man gets 7-years for sexual abuse

    by  • November 7, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A 40-year-old Iuka man who pleaded guilty in Marion County court to a Class 2 felony charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse was sentenced to seven years in prison, the maximum sentence available. In exchange for his guilty plea, Jason Vaughn had a second count of criminal sexual assault dismissed. Vaughn admitted to committing...

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    Mt. Vernon warrant sweep nets two arrests

    by  • November 7, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The Mount Vernon – Jefferson County Narcotics Division with the assistance of the joint MVPD – JCSO High Risk Team, executed a search warrant Tuesday at 2415 Casey Street in Mount Vernon, after investigations by the narcotics division revealed information that cannabis was being sold from a residence. Four people were taken into temporary...

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    Probation officer pleads guilty in courthouse drug scandal

    by  • November 7, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A former southern Illinois probation officer has pleaded guilty to drug and weapon charges filed in connection with a judicial corruption case. The Belleville News-Democrat reports James Fogarty pleaded guilty in federal court to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and unlawful user in possession of a firearm. An investigation into a heroin-trafficking ring...

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    Seminar offered in Salem on concealed carry

    by  • November 7, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Representative John Cavaletto (R-Salem), will be hosting a public seminar covering ‘what you need to know about  concealed carry’. The seminar will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, at the Marion County Fairgrounds – County Fair Building, located at 1800 Fairgrounds Road in Salem. At the seminar attendees will learn about...

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