• Fight to save Murray picking up steam and supporters

    by  • October 14, 2013

    Following the October 9 hearing of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board in Centralia, republican state Representative Charlie Meier, of Okawville filed a House Joint Resolution that would prevent the board from de-certifying the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center until all federal court action has been finalized. Republican state Representative John Cavaletto,...

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    Woman who died in Sunday fire identified

    by  • October 14, 2013

    The woman who died in a Sunday night fire at her home in Vienna has been identified as 52-year-old Cora Roe, Johnson County Coroner David Rockwell confirmed to The Southern Illinoisan Monday afternoon. According to the Southern, Roe was inside the house, located on South Fifth Street, when it caught fire at about 7:45...

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    One week before veto session, pension committee divided

    by  • October 14, 2013

    The Illinois legislature’s fall veto session is just a week away, but a committee tasked with the solving the state’s enormous pension problem is divided. An Associated Press survey of the 10-member committee found five democrats support a plan that would save the state $138 billion over 30 years. The other half consists of...

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    Capital funding announced for area

    by  • October 14, 2013

    Governor Pat Quinn Sunday joined local and area officials to announce $5.3 million from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program that can be used to repair municipal, township and county infrastructure in southern Illinois. The funds are in addition to the annual Motor Fuel Tax revenues these municipalities are scheduled to receive this...

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