• Mining accident claims life of Marion man

    by  • November 5, 2013

    A mining accident in Franklin County has left a 36-year-old Marion man dead. Dallas Dwaine Travelstead was pronounced dead Monday afternoon at a local hospital after an incident at the Sugar Camp M-class mine in Akin on Monday. Reports indicate Travelstead was killed when a piece of coal rolled over him. The accident is...

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    Supporters amass signatures in graduated tax push

    by  • November 5, 2013

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Backers of a plan to change Illinois’ income tax structure say they’ve collected more than 150,000 signatures from supporters. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that members of the group A Better Illinois say they hope to keep collecting signatures on their petition through the spring. They want to convince lawmakers...

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    Ill. $90K for emergency communications upgrades

    by  • November 5, 2013

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are handing out $10,000 grants to nine emergency-response agencies to upgrade their communications equipment. Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director Jonathon Monken (MUN’-kihn) says the money will pay for maintaining equipment that helps different agencies communicate with one another. That equipment was purchased with federal funds. Monken says one...

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    Beckemeyer man pleads guilty to sex abuse

    by  • November 5, 2013

    A 35-year-old Beckemeyer man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Clinton County court to aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 13. Shaun A. Focht was sentenced to four years probation, 150 days periodic imprisonment, was ordered to pay nearly $9,000 in fines and restitution, as well as to attend a special...

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    Illinois becomes 15th state to legalize gay marriage

    by  • November 5, 2013

    Illinois has become the 15th state in the nation to legalize same sex marriage, with a 61-54 vote margin today in the House. Gov. Pat Quinn, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka were in the House chambers Tuesday ahead of the landmark vote. Quinn is a Chicago...

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