• 2-million Illinois residents to see food stamps cut

    by  • October 31, 2013

    More than 2 million low-income Illinois residents who receive food stamps will soon see their benefits cut. Beginning Friday, a temporary increase in food stamp dollars from the 2009 economic stimulus will expire. The change will affect more than 47 million Americans. It comes as congress is negotiating additional cuts to the program, now...

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    Lowe, father of IBM personal computer, dies at 72

    by  • October 31, 2013

    CHICAGO (AP) — The former IBM executive credited with helping to bring personal computers to the masses has died in Illinois. William C. Lowe oversaw the birth of IBM’s first personal computer, which was introduced in retail stores in 1981. His daughter Michelle Marshall says Lowe died on Oct. 19 in Lake Forest, Ill.,...

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    2 southern Illinois jails allowing e-cigarettes

    by  • October 31, 2013

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two counties in southern Illinois have started allowing jail inmates use electronic cigarettes. So far White County and Saline County are letting inmates use the nicotine-infused vapor inhalers. Lee Enterprises newspapers reports officials in Franklin, Wabash and Williamson counties also are deciding if they’ll let inmates use electronic, or e-cigarettes....

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    Federal report supports FutureGen in Illinois

    by  • October 31, 2013

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A final recommendation is still pending but the U.S. Department of Energy has said in a report that the FutureGen project in Morgan County should go ahead. The agency released the final environmental study on Wednesday. It says the clean-coal project should receive $1 billion in federal funding. The State...

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    Parole denied for man convicted of 1960 murder

    by  • October 31, 2013

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Prisoner Review Board has denied parole for a man serving a life sentence for a 1960 killing at Starved Rock State Park. The (Ottawa) Times reports the board voted 7-7 on Chester Weger’s request for parole. The 74-year-old needed eight votes to be granted parole. Weger was convicted...

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    Pontiac police officer killed in crash

    by  • October 31, 2013

    PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) — Pontiac police say an on-duty officer and his police dog have been killed in a vehicle crash. Pontiac police say 29-year-old officer Casey Kohlmeier was killed late Wednesday. Officials say another vehicle struck Kohlmeier’s marked K-9 vehicle on Interstate 55. The officer was on duty and in the median turn...

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