• View Marion County ballots before hitting the voting booth

    by  • March 12, 2014

    The 2014 Illinois primary election is upon us, with people heading to the polls Tuesday to select Party nominees for the general election in November. Early voting continues through Saturday at county clerks’ offices across Illinois. According to Marion County Clerk Steve Fox, a few hundred Marion County voters have already cast their ballots...

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    Clinton County assists in high risk pot bust

    by  • March 12, 2014

    Clinton County Sheriff’s deputies assisted Wood River police and the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, or ILEAS, Tuesday in executing a high risk search at the location of a large cannabis growing operation. Officers removed more than 30 cannabis plants from a home in the 900 block of East Acton Avenue in Wood River,...

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    Mt. Vernon man airlifted after I-57 accident

    by  • March 12, 2014

    Two people were injured in a crash Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 57. It happened around 1:30 p.m. on northbound I-57 at mile post 66. Illinois State Police say a 2008 GMC Denali SUV hit a attachment on the back of an IDOT truck that was stopped in the left lane. Police say the IDOT...

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    Centralia man sentenced on burglary charge

    by  • March 12, 2014

    A 20-year-old Centralia man was sentenced Tuesday in Marion County court to five years TASC probation after he pleaded guilty to residential burglary. Dereck Woods was arrested in December for an August residential burglary after fingerprints indicated he had been in the home where a large amount of jewelry had been taken when the...

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    Timing of hearing on prison chief called “peculiar”

    by  • March 12, 2014

    KURT ERICKSON  The Southern Springfield Bureau SPRINGFIELD — A Senate panel charged with vetting Gov. Pat Quinn’s appointees has scheduled a hearing on at least two controversial nominees for the day before next week’s primary election. The Democrat-led panel is scheduled to hear testimony on Illinois Department of Corrections Director S.A. “Tony” Godinez and...

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