• Quinn announces swift federal approval of tornado relief for 15 counties

    by  • November 26, 2013

    Residents can immediately begin registration for grants and low-interest loans; businesses can apply for low-interest loans CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced President Barack Obama has approved his request for federal assistance to help people and businesses in 15 Illinois counties recover from the Nov. 17 deadly tornadoes. The announcement comes just one...

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    Registered offender arrested for sex abuse

    by  • November 26, 2013

    According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, a registered sex offender is in custody, accused of criminal sexual abuse. Larry Dee Grove, 38, of Christopher, was arrested after an investigation into an incident that occurred at a rural Christopher residence early Sunday morning, say reports. Grove was convicted in 2008 in Franklin County of...

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    Conforti pleads guilty to public works burglary

    by  • November 26, 2013

    A 20-year-old Salem woman pleaded guilty today to the Nov. 6 burglary of the Salem City Public Works building. Dixie Conforti was sentenced to 21 days in jail with credit for 21 days served, ordered to complete four years probation and pay court costs. A second charge of Class 2 felony burglary was dismissed...

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    Illinois leads in turkey fryer fires

    by  • November 26, 2013

    Here’s an area where Illinois is Number 2 – grease fires on Thanksgiving. This is according to Bloomington-based state farm insurance, based on claims for damage caused by grease fires. Over the last eight years, Illinois has had 27, second to Texas, with 38. However, state farm spokeswoman Missy Dundov says the numbers are...

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    Ameren and law enforcement warn of costly scam

    by  • November 26, 2013

    The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department is warning consumers about a recent scam that cost an area business owner hundreds of dollars. The woman reports she received a phone call from a man claiming to be an Ameren representative and that she had an overdue power bill at her business. He said if she did...

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