• Salem man receives four years for burglary

    by  • January 17, 2014

    A 20-year-old Salem man was sentenced to 4-years in prison Thursday following a guilty plea in Marion County court. Timothy J. Howard pleaded guilty Thursday to one Class 2 felony count of burglary in exchange for a second burglary charge being dismissed. Howard was arrested in November for burglary to the Salem Public Works...

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    Kell man arrested after fight with deputies during drug bust

    by  • January 16, 2014

    A Marion County Sheriff’s Department investigator was taken to the hospital Wednesday, following an altercation between law enforcement and a  22-year-old suspect during an alleged drug bust. John A. Morton, of Kell,  remained in the Marion County jail Thursday, charged in connection with the drug bust and an alleged altercation with law enforcement. Reports...

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    IDOC documents show fired official had been issued sidearm

    by  • January 15, 2014

    While the Illinois Department of Corrections and Gov. Pat Quinn’s office continue to defend the previous employment of a convicted felon, contradictions in their arguments have surfaced. According to IDOC spokesman Tom Shaer, recently terminated corrections employee Xadrian McCraven “never had any management or security duties and certainly was not involved in “running the...

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    Opinion: IDHS responds to Meier column on Murray Center

    by  • January 15, 2014

    To Whom it May Concern, I am writing to clear up a number of blatant inaccuracies in a recent editorial regarding the closure of the Murray Developmental Center. For far too long, Illinois has relied on an archaic system of care for people with developmental disabilities and underestimated their ability to communicate, interact and...

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    BREAKING: Hazmat situation closes I-57 in Williamson County

    by  • January 14, 2014

    According to Williamson County fire officials, both northbound and southbound traffic on Interstate 57 were shut down near Johnston City as of 8:30 Tuesday night. A semi-truck crash has resulted in a hazardous materials situation that crews are warning could be a breathing hazard. Motorists are encouraged to avoid that area of the interstate....

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