• Quinn OKs new rules for tethering dogs outdoors

    by  • July 22, 2013 • 0 Comments

    CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law new rules for tethering a dog outside. Quinn says the legislation ensures dogs are treated humanely. The Illinois Democrat says dogs bring unconditional love and comfort to their owners’ lives and become “part of our families.” He says the new law makes sure “our...

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    Democrats’ tax proposal sets stage for 2014 battle

    by  • July 22, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Influential Democrats in Springfield are pushing for a change to Illinois’ income tax that could become a contentious issue in next year’s elections. The proposal is for Illinois to adopt a graduated or “progressive” tax, instead of extending a temporary increase in the current flat tax or letting that increase expire. Under a graduated...

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    Fire destroys motorcycle club clubhouse

    by  • July 21, 2013 • 0 Comments

    An early morning fire in Fayette County has left a building completely destroyed and the state fire marshal’s office investigating. According to Vandalia Fire Chief Ed Taylor, his department received a call at approximately 4:30 a.m. Sunday, of a fire at the Mad Dogs clubhouse in Vera, which is just north of Vandalia on...

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    Ill. man gets life term for killing family of 5

    by  • July 19, 2013 • 0 Comments

    (AP) — An Illinois man convicted of fatally beating five members of his ex-wife’s family in 2009 has been sentenced to life in prison. A judge sentenced Christopher Harris to five consecutive life sentences on Friday. The 34-year-old Harris faced a mandatory life sentence after he was convicted in May on five counts of...

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