• Ill. lawmakers asked to consider more business tax breaks

    by  • November 4, 2013

    Once again Illinois lawmakers are considering a list of tax breaks and other incentives to keep some companies in the state and attract others. The most widely publicized proposal is a $24 million tax break aimed at persuading Archer Daniels Midland Company to keep its new global headquarters in Illinois. Legislators at this week’s...

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    Coalition of clergy comes out in support of gay marriage

    by  • November 4, 2013

    A coalition of clergy members and faith leaders has sent a letter to Illinois house members encouraging them to support gay marriage. The letter has more than 300 signatures, and says allowing committed same-sex couples to marry is “morally just.” The Illinois general assembly returns to Springfield this week and supporters of gay marriage...

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    No single cure for state’s financial woes

    by  • November 4, 2013

    It’s uncertain whether Illinois lawmakers will address the state’s nearly $100 billion pension shortfall when they return to Springfield for the final week of the fall legislative session. But even if they do, Illinois won’t be out of the woods financially. That was the takeaway of a sobering new study by the University of...

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    Man in custody for wife’s shooting death in Cairo

    by  • November 4, 2013

    The man wanted in connection to the shooting death of a woman in Cairo late Friday night is in custody. Thirty-year-old Chauncy Hughes turned himself into police Saturday and is being held at the Tri-county Justice Center in Ullin. Authorities allege Hughes shot and killed his wife, 22-year-old Heather Davis at a home in...

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    Professional regulation releases disciplinary report

    by  • November 1, 2013

    The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation issued a report on disciplinary actions taken during September 2013. Mandy McLaughlin of Carterville and Maleah Sanders of Centralia had their cosmetology licenses reprimanded and each must complete deficient hours. They were each fined $140 for failure to complete required hours of continuing education hours for...

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