• CHS Marching Showcase to perform at Alamo Bowl

    by  • December 30, 2013

    The Centralia High School Marching Showcase is in Texas and will perform at the Valero Alamo Bowl. The band was in a competition with the overall winner having the honor to play the pregame show. While the showcase didn’t win overall they did win every caption in Class 1A, which included field competition for...

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    Deer harvest numbers down this year

    by  • December 30, 2013

    Preliminary figures show the number of deer hunted in Illinois is down this year. Citing preliminary Illinois Department of Natural Resources figures, Sauk Valley Media reports fewer deer were hunted during the seven-day firearm season which took place in November and December. Last year, 99,546 deer were hunted compared with 74,191 this year. Sauk...

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    Quinn confident pension plan will survive court challenge

    by  • December 30, 2013

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s office has expressed confidence that a new plan to reduce the state’s $100 billion pension shortfall will survive legal challenges. The Friday statement was a response to a lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court seeking to have the plan declared unconstitutional. It was filed Friday on behalf of a group...

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    Map shows where interstate speed limit will increase

    by  • December 27, 2013

    Illinois transportation officials have announced locations along interstates where the speed limit will increase to 70 mph. The Illinois Department of Transportation says about 87 percent of interstate highways and 98 percent of rural interstates under its jurisdiction will be increased to 70 mph. A new law takes effect Jan. 1 increasing the maximum...

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    AP Exclusive: IDOC intake center focus of Ill. crowding

    by  • December 27, 2013

    By JOHN O’CONNOR, AP Political Writer : December 27, 2013 : Updated: December 27, 2013 5:08pm SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Inside what could be Illinois’ most important correctional facility — its main inmate intake center — hundreds of newly convicted prisoners are sleeping in a gym, a health care unit, converted common spaces and...

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