• Former Patoka man sentenced to 15 yrs in IDOC

    by  • November 21, 2013

    Just two days before his 27th birthday, a former Patoka man was sentenced Thursday in Fayette County Court to 15 years in prison after being convicted on a string of felonies in October. Avery A. Swarms was facing up to 15 years on each of the Class 1 felony charges for which a jury...

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    Cougar found on northern Illinois farm

    by  • November 21, 2013

    MORRISON, Ill. (AP) — State wildlife biologists are investigating after a cougar was found roaming near a northern Illinois farm. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says Thursday that they euthanized the animal found Wednesday near Morrison in rural Whiteside County. The cougar was between 5 and 6 feet long and weighed about 100...

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    Unions plan ‘emergency days’ to lobby lawmakers

    by  • November 21, 2013

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois unions are planning an intensive lobbying push in opposition to a developing plan to deal with the state’s $100 billion pension crisis. The “We are One Coalition” represents the state’s major employee unions. The group sent an email to members about “emergency call-in days” next week and Dec. 2-3....

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    Quinn adds Fayette and Vermilion counties to disaster list

    by  • November 20, 2013

    Warns Tornado Survivors of Dangers of Sleeping in Vehicles SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today declared Fayette and Vermilion counties state disaster areas, bringing to 15 the number of Illinois counties to receive the designation after several tornadoes ravaged the state on Sunday. Other counties declared state disaster areas by Governor Quinn include Champaign,...

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