• Ex-judge to plead guilty to heroin, gun charges

    by  • November 1, 2013

    An attorney for a former southwestern Illinois judge at the center of a courthouse drug scandal says his client plans to plead guilty next week to federal heroin and drug charges. Former St. Clair County circuit judge Michael Cook has pleaded not guilty to charges of heroin possession and having a gun while illegally...

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    Daylight Savings time ends Sunday

    by  • November 1, 2013

    This weekend is the end of daylight saving time. In 2007 DST was amended to begin on the second Sunday in March and end on the first Sunday in November. Residents are reminded to set their clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, or before going to bed Saturday night, which will...

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    17-year-old charged in two high-speed chases, car thefts

    by  • November 1, 2013

    A 17-year-old man believed to have eluded police following two separate high-speed chases Wednesday night has been charged in Marion County court with two Class 2 felony counts possessing a stolen vehicle. Bail has been set at $25,000 for Parker Fields, of Salem. He was taken to the Marion County jail Thursday morning; after...

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    School performance shows drop in achievement

    by  • October 31, 2013

    Thursday’s release of “report cards” on school performance will show a drop in the percentage of students passing the Illinois standards achievement test last school year. But that doesn’t mean teaching or student performance has actually fallen. Rather, the decline in scores is a result of the state Board of Education’s decision to toughen...

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    Breese man charged with sex assault

    by  • October 31, 2013

    A 20-year-old Breese man has been charged in Clinton County court with Class 1 felony sexual assault with force. Westley Dean Clements was arrested Monday for an incident that according to Breese Police Chief Bob Fix, is alleged to have happened Saturday. Judge Dennis Middendorff set bail for Clements at $50,000 and a first...

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