• Supporters amass signatures in graduated tax push

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    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Backers of a plan to change Illinois’ income tax structure say they’ve collected more than 150,000 signatures from supporters. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that members of the group A Better Illinois say they hope to keep collecting signatures on their petition through the spring. They want to convince lawmakers...

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    Ill. $90K for emergency communications upgrades

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    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are handing out $10,000 grants to nine emergency-response agencies to upgrade their communications equipment. Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Jonathon Monken (MUN’-kihn) says the money will pay for maintaining equipment that helps different agencies communicate with one another. That equipment was purchased with federal funds. Monken says one...

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    Beckemeyer man pleads guilty to sex abuse

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    A 35-year-old Beckemeyer man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Clinton County court to aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 13. Shaun A. Focht was sentenced to four years probation, 150 days periodic imprisonment, was ordered to pay nearly $9,000 in fines and restitution, as well as to attend a special...

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    Police identify those involved in Wamac stabbing

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    Wamac police have released the names of those involved in a stabbing incident just before 4 o’clock Monday afternoon on Sanders Street. According to Wamac Police Chief Brooks Alcorn, 37-year-old Curtis E. Scott, of Centralia has been arrested for felony home invasion causing bodily injury and is being held in the Marion County jail...

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