• Springfield debates how to spend extra tax revenue

    by  • November 6, 2013

    (AP) Illinois is set to collect $369 million more in tax revenue this year, state lawmakers learned Tuesday. In a report to lawmakers, analysts at the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability credited the increase to a post-recession surge in car sales and a better-than-anticipated start to income tax collections. “Things, in balance, appear...

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    Trooper blamed in deadly crash seeks license again

    by  • November 6, 2013

    A former state trooper is trying for a fourth time to get his license back following a 2007 fatal freeway crash in southwestern Illinois. The Belleville News-Democrat reports Matt Mitchell is once again asking state officials to reinstate driving privileges he lost after pleading guilty to reckless homicide. Authorities say Mitchell was driving more...

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    Madigan: Legislature could return to fix pensions

    by  • November 6, 2013

    House Speaker Michael Madigan says he’s prepared to pass a “meaningful” pension reform bill, and he hopes it will happen before the end of the year. The Chicago democrat says legislative leaders are waiting for actuaries to crunch numbers on some proposals they’re considering. Once they have the information he hopes lawmakers can return...

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    Mt. Vernon awarded Governor’s Cup for homeless shelter

    by  • November 6, 2013

    Governor Pat Quinn announced the winners of the 31st Annual Governor’s Hometown Awards, which are presented to recognize volunteers for their work in improving their communities. The city of Mount Vernon was awarded the Governor’s Cup, a traveling silver trophy presented to the group whose efforts are deemed most representative of the spirit of...

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    Home across from fire department lost in fire

    by  • November 6, 2013

    A West City family is wondering why it took so long for the fire department across the street to show up to their burning home in Franklin County. The Gray family home burned down last Friday, and they say they called 911 five times. Reports say neighboring fire departments arrived on scene faster than...

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