• Quinn grants clemency to 65 people

    by  • October 11, 2013

    CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today granted 65 and denied 124 clemency petitions. This action marks another step in a series of clemency decisions aimed at eliminating a backlog of more than 2,500 cases that built up during the previous administration. The 189 clemency petitions acted upon by Governor Quinn are part of dockets...

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    Coal producer settles retiree benefit dispute

    by  • October 11, 2013

    Coal producer Peabody Energy Corp. says it will pay hundreds of millions of dollars to settle a drawn-out legal dispute over health care benefits for thousands of retirees who worked for bankrupt Peabody spinoff Patriot Coal Corp. The St. Louis-based companies and the united mine workers of America union announced the deal late Wednesday....

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    AG announces class action settlement

    by  • October 11, 2013

    The Illinois Attorney General’s office is announcing a settlement with a company that charged people for things they didn’t order. The company is Connecticut-based Affinion, a marketer of discount clubs. Maura Possley of the attorney general’s office says when customers completed transactions with other companies, they were then offered free trials which weren’t free,...

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    Teen heroin deaths double in some Ill. counties

    by  • October 11, 2013

    Heroin seems to be the drug of choice among teens these days. A new report says teens in every part of the state are experimenting with the highly addictive drug. Many aren’t aware of the risks associated with it. In fact, teen deaths associated with heroin usage doubled in some northern Illinois counties between...

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    Mt. Vernon man arrested in Fla., for registry violation

    by  • October 11, 2013

    A 45-year-old Mount Vernon man is finally behind bars in the Jefferson County Jail, after being apprehended in Florida. As we reported last month, Ronnie W. Broadway was wanted for failing to report for a second time as a sexually violent and dangerous offender, according to the Illinois State Police Sex Offender Registry. Deputy’s...

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    Area activities available for long weekend

    by  • October 11, 2013

    For many this is a three day weekend. Due to Columbus Day being recognized Monday, most government offices, schools and banks will be closed. But it’s a good weekend to enjoy some local events. On Saturday the city of Centralia is hosting “Celebrate Centralia” from 3 until 9 p.m. at the Bell Tower Park....

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