• FBI: Man’s pipe bombs intended for sex offenders

    by  • October 8, 2013

    An Air Force staffer stationed in southern Illinois is jailed without bond after being accused of possessing pipe bombs he told investigators he planned to unleash on local sex offenders. Twenty-four-year-old Justin Vangilder made a court appearance Monday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis. He faces three felony counts of possessing an...

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    Labeling bill raises modified food debate in Ill.

    by  • October 7, 2013

    CHICAGO (AP) — A state senator from Peoria is calling for the labeling of any food available for retail sale in Illinois that’s been produced with genetically engineered organisms. Democratic Sen. David Koehler says consumers have a right to know if the food they’re putting into their bodies was made with so-called GMOs. He...

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    Quinn says more layoffs possible with shutdown

    by  • October 7, 2013

    CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says if the federal government shutdown continues more state workers will be laid off whose paychecks come from federal funding. Illinois has already issued nearly 100 such temporary layoffs. They include employees with the state Department of Military Fairs, economic analysts at the Illinois Department of Employment Security...

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    Central Ill. farmers help with harvest after death

    by  • October 7, 2013

    Dozens of central Illinois farmers worked together to harvest more than 300 acres of corn that belonged to a man who died this summer from a heart attack. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports Dave Thomas died in July and his family decided to sell the farm and its equipment. So Sunday, 16 combines rolled through...

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    All furloughed civilians back to work at Scott AFB

    by  • October 7, 2013

    A ‘majority’ of the 3,500 workers at Scott Air Force Base who were furloughed in wake of the government shutdown were ordered to come back to work Monday, a base spokesperson said. Supervisor notices were sent home Sunday. The base employs a total of 5,000 civilian workers. A third of those were not furloughed...

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    Centralia man arrested for burglary

    by  • October 7, 2013

    Centralia police have arrested a 36-year-old Centralia man for alleged burglary to his ex-girlfriend’s home. Zachary Hiltibidal is accused of taking a phone after entering a on south Marion Street on Saturday. The ex-girlfriend reportedly told police this is the second time that Hiltibidal had broken into her home. She was reportedly showing a...

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