• Furloughed fed workers have to repay unemployment benefits

    by  • October 22, 2013

    State officials say federal employees in Illinois who were furloughed during the shutdown have to repay unemployment insurance benefits. The Illinois department of employment security said Monday in a release that preliminary data shows that of the 2,937 federal workers who applied for unemployment insurance, 577 went on to be paid benefits. That represents...

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    Metro housing market shows increase

    by  • October 22, 2013

    According to the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois, September 2013 housing statistics for Metro East counties, including Clinton County, reported an increase in year-to-date home sales, compared to the last several years. Clinton County reported a 10.71 percent increase in home sales this September, while St. Clair County sold nearly 35 percent more than...

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    Ameren customers to see lower gas prices

    by  • October 22, 2013

    Ameren Illinois customers should expect lower natural gas prices for the 2013-2014 winter, an Ameren Illinois spokesperson announced Monday. Ameren Illinois gas supply director Ken Dothage, says because of their price hedging and storage strategies, they anticipate that the gas supply portion of a customer bill will be lower this winter than last. According...

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    Mich. authorities track missing girl, 13, to Mo.

    by  • October 22, 2013

    HAMILTON, Mich. (AP) — Michigan authorities say a missing 13-year-old girl has been found safe in Missouri and her 34-year-old male companion is in custody. The Allegan County sheriff’s office says the girl from Hamilton last was seen at 11 p.m. Monday. The department said Tuesday that it got a tip and called police...

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    After displaying ax, man strikes women with car

    by  • October 22, 2013

    A 25-year-old Franklin County man is facing charges after authorities alleged he struck a pair of women with his car. James Lenzie of West Frankfort was reportedly returning property to the two victims at a residence along east Lindell Street in Frankfort around 7:30 Sunday evening. Lenzie is accused of not returning the items...

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