• Southern Ill. voters favor reform, term limits

    by  • October 16, 2013

    Reform, reform, reform – that’s what southern Illinois voters say they support in a new poll. According to the poll released by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, voters are solidly in favor of term limits, open primaries, and changing the redistricting process. John Jackson, co-director of the poll, says,...

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    Centralia tornado sirens sound after power outage

    by  • October 16, 2013

    An early Wednesday morning traffic accident resulted in many people in Centralia waking up to the sound of tornado sirens. According to Centralia police, at approximately 5:45 Wednesday morning, a man driving in the 600 block of South Hickory struck a power pole, knocking out in power in the area, including to the police...

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    Cullerton: Pension issue could bypass committee

    by  • October 15, 2013

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says the state’s pension crisis could be addressed in the fall legislative session even if a committee working on it remains split. The Chicago Democrat tells The Associated Press in an interview that lawmakers could bypass the committee and call a vote through another legislative route....

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    Salem PD investigates flower shop robbery

    by  • October 15, 2013

    Salem police are investigating a Monday robbery which of Paradise Flowers, located in the 700 block of North Broadway. According to police, at approximately 5:15 p.m. Monday, the suspect entered the store and demanded money from the clerk behind the counter. He reportedly did not display or infer a weapon. The clerk advised him...

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    Suspect of Marion County manhunt apprehended

    by  • October 15, 2013

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Department has apprehended a 35-year-old man who was the subject of a manhunt Tuesday, after a vehicle reported stolen in Montana was found crashed in rural Odin. Herbert Richardson was ultimately found hiding in a tree and was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he is charged with possession...

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    Benton accident leaves man dead, wife hospitalized

    by  • October 15, 2013

    A West Frankfort man is dead and his wife is hospitalized following a Monday collision in Franklin County.  Reports indicate 76-year-old Cecil Bennett was traveling along Route 14 and Grand Street in Benton when he failed to stop and hit a parked car. Bennett was pronounced dead a short time later. His wife Helen...

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