• Coal mine shutdown leaves 200 Ill. minors out of work

    by  • December 30, 2013

    The shutdown of a coal mine just days before Christmas has left nearly 200 workers in central Illinois out of work. The Crown III mine just south of Springfield closed on December 20. Its operators had warned of the closure in October, because a major customer, Archer Daniels Midland Company, didn’t renew a contract....

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    Illinois’ past-due bills fall to $7.6 billion

    by  • December 30, 2013

    Illinois will end the year with overdue bills totaling $7.6 billion. Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s office says the amount is about 16 percent less than the $9 billion owed at the end of 2012. That’s according to a Monday story in the Rockford Register-Star. Topinka spokesman Brad Hahn says it’s unclear how the landmark...

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    ISP ready to start processing concealed carry applications

    by  • December 30, 2013

    Illinois State Police say they’re ready to begin processing applications from residents who want to carry concealed weapons. Applications will be available beginning Sunday on the ISP website, though applicants will need to do some preparatory work. They must obtain an electronic identification. They’ll also need a valid driver’s license or state ID, a...

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    Bill would strip pensions from corrupt officials

    by  • December 30, 2013

    State Rep. Dwight Kay, R-Glen Carbon, said he’s confident his bill to speed up the state’s power to strip corrupt officials of  their state-funded pensions will pass into law after the Illinois General Assembly reconvenes in late January. Kay so far not heard anyone speak in opposition to the bill, which allows the state...

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    Illinois teens develop “snow day” phone app

    by  • December 30, 2013

    Wish there was a way to predict when a “snow day” will occur? Three northern Illinois teenagers have created a phone app that helps do just that and it’s been getting some buzz. Calvin Breseman, Tanishq Dubey and Gustavo Farias are seniors at prairie ridge high school in crystal lake. They created the snow...

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