• Hearing set on school funding overhaul

    by  • October 30, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The head of a key House education committee says a hearing on a proposed overhaul of Illinois’ dated school funding formula is scheduled for Nov. 18. Democratic Rep. Will Davis chairs the Illinois House Elementary and Secondary Education Appropriations Committee. He says lawmakers will hold the hearing in Springfield to discuss...

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    Judge denies former lawmakers bid for new bribery trial

    by  • October 30, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago has denied a motion for a new trial filed by a former Illinois legislator convicted of bribery and attempted extortion. In his motion, former state Rep. Derrick Smith contended the trial judge erred in not allowing him to present an entrapment defense and evidence of entrapment....

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    IDOT to hold meetings on path for U.S. 51 expansion

    by  • October 30, 2014

    The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced it will hold a series of open house public meetings to present the preferred alternative of U.S. Route 51 from the Christian County Line to the Village of Irvington in Washington County. The project may affect Oconee, Ramsey, Vandalia, Shobonier, Patoka, Vernon, Sandoval, Central City, Centralia, and...

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    One reported dead in Eldorado apartment fire

    by  • October 29, 2014

    ELDORADO — The Saline County coroner was dispatched Wednesday night to the scene of an Eldorado apartment fire, that not only displaced a number of residents, but apparently claimed the life of one person. The fire was reported around 7 p.m. Wednesday, with approximately 20 firefighters responding to the scene, along with two engines...

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    JCSO searching for police impersonator

    by  • October 29, 2014

    WOODLAWN — Jefferson County investigators are searching for a man they say impersonated a police officer Tuesday night and pulled over a motorist in Woodlawn. According to reports, the motorist was pulled over Tuesday night on Richview Road in Jefferson County. A dash cam from the motorist’s vehicle shows a man wearing a T-shirt...

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    Ford recalls 205k SUVs for fuel tank leaks

    by  • October 29, 2014

    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) – Ford says it’s recalling about 205,000 SUVs in cold-weather states and parts of Canada to fix gas tanks that can rust, leak and cause a fire. The recall affects Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles from the 2007 and 2008 model years. The company said Wednesday that it traced the...

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