• Marion County facing more than $500k budget gap

    by  • October 29, 2013

    What was initially an anticipated $235,000 budget deficit was the result of a mathematical error for the Marion County board, which has now adjusted that estimate to a more than half-million dollar shortfall. A Monday night meeting of the county finance committee revealed the initial error that had projected revenues of more than $7,311,000,...

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    ISBE wants millions for technology upgrades

    by  • October 29, 2013

    The chairman of the state Board of Education wants the state to come up with millions for technology upgrades. Chairman Gery J. Chico will ask lawmakers to set aside $250 million. He says the situation is dire: Only 25 percent of Illinois public schools have the infrastructure for online learning, and only 31 percent...

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    Co-workers from St. Louis area share $1M prize

    by  • October 29, 2013

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Two co-workers at a suburban St. Louis print business are sharing a $1 million Powerball jackpot prize. The Missouri Lottery says 48-year-old Dawn Cortes of Edwardsville, Ill., and 60-year-old Jerry Marcum of Arnold, Mo., both work at ROI Print Solutions in Earth City, Mo. They have been pooling their money...

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    Ex-congressman reports to North Carolina prison

    by  • October 29, 2013

    CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has reported to a North Carolina federal prison to serve a 2 1/2-year prison term for misusing campaign funds. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke declined to offer details, including when Jackson reported to prison. Court documents were never clear about when Jackson must...

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    Monday morning accident leaves one dead on I-57

    by  • October 28, 2013

    Authorities say a Louisiana man was killed in an early morning traffic crash on Interstate 57 in Jefferson County. It happened just after 3 a.m. Monday on I-57 northbound at mile post 103 near Dix. Illinois State Police say Raymond M. Burt, 44, of Kentwood, La., was driving a 2001 Peterbilt semi-trailer loaded with...

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    Quinn asks for $221 mil more for current budget

    by  • October 28, 2013

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration wants lawmakers to approve $221 million in extra funds to spend this fiscal year. The request comes on top of the $35 billion budget the legislature approved in may. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports that a draft of the request includes $112 million to pay back wages owed...

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