• Fire destroys 89-year-old Royalton church

    by  • October 28, 2013

    A Sunday morning fire has destroyed one Franklin County church. The First Christian Church in Royalton was engulfed in flames around 5 yesterday morning. The building was three stories tall and nearly 90-years-old. No injuries were reported in the fire. An investigation is ongoing.

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    Train derailment spills coal in Franklin County

    by  • October 28, 2013

    A Sunday train derailment remains under investigation in Franklin County. The derailment involving the train hauling coal occurred a little before 1:30 p.m. between Christopher and Ziegler but authorities said it didn’t pose a threat to public safety. No roads were closed as a result of the derailment, however, the railroad tracks will be...

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    Part of capiol renovation area houses media

    by  • October 28, 2013

    The $51 million renovation of the west wing of the state capitol includes $6.5 million for the basement, about half the square footage of which is office space for news organizations. Radio, newspaper, television, and wire service reporters who cover Illinois politics and government full-time have used publicly-funded space since at least the 1950s,...

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    Despite closures to save money, IDOC overtime up 34 percent

    by  • October 28, 2013

    The Associated Press has learned that overtime pay jumped 34 percent last year for corrections officers in Illinois’ overcrowded prisons system. The spike corresponded with Gov. Pat Quinn’s closing of prison facilities to save money.  But state officials argue the costs were increased when a union sued to stop the closings and the transfer...

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