• Bipartisan Ill. gun bill going to committee

    by  • November 5, 2013

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago Democrat says his amended gun-control measure will keep criminals off the streets and cut incarceration costs. Rep. Michael Zalewski’s initiative was headed for a House committee vote Tuesday. Zalewski and Rep. Dennis Reboletti — an Elmhurst Republican — say the bill makes illegal gun-holders serve more prison time....

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    Illinois parolees eligible for Medicaid in 2014

    by  • November 5, 2013

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois prison officials estimate nearly 30,000 newly freed inmates will be eligible for Medicaid coverage in 2014 under President Barack Obama’s health care law. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports state officials say better access to care for physical and mental health issues may help parolees succeed outside...

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    Illinois gas prices go down

    by  • November 5, 2013

    The price of gasoline is down. The statewide average for gas in Illinois stands at $3.29, down 13 cents from a month ago, according to the Triple-A Fuel Gauge Report. Triple-A spokesman Beth Mosher says the time of year is a factor. “Not only is it the time of year but supplies are plentiful...

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    Centralia man pleads guilty to burglary charge

    by  • November 5, 2013

    A 20-year-old Centralia man pleaded guilty today in Marion County court to Class 2 felony burglary. Dereck W. Woods was sentenced to four years probation and ordered to complete drug and alcohol treatment. Two other Class 2 counts of burglary were dismissed per the plea agreement. Woods could have been sentenced to up to...

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    Lawmakers return to Springfield, pensions may be addressed

    by  • November 5, 2013

    The fall legislative session resume Tuesday in Springfield, and the latest pension proposal is in the hands of the four legislative leaders and the actuaries who are calculating the projected savings. A member of the conference committee which has been wrestling with the issue since June says she wasn’t in the leaders’ meeting Friday...

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