• Excavation work to begin in Herrin Cemetery

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    HERRIN(AP) — A southern Illinois judge has cleared the way for researchers to begin excavating a Herrin cemetery as part of a search for the remains of people who died during a violent 1922 labor strike. Williamson County Judge Brad Bleyer gave an archaeology team the go-ahead on Monday for the work in Herrin...

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    First grievance filed in Murray HIPAA controversy

    by  • September 10, 2013 • 0 Comments

    In July, the union representing Murray staff advised its members of specific steps in refusing to comply with possible violations of federal medical privacy laws, noting that while Murray Center management may try to impose discipline for refusing to comply with a direct order, the union would file a grievance contesting that discipline. But...

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    Don’t Write Murray Center Off Yet

    by  • September 10, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Guest article State Rep. Charlie Meier “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” -Mark Twain OKAWVILLE — Since taking office, I’ve had many people come up and thank me for all of my work trying to save the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center. Lately though, after thanking me, they say they’re sorry...

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    John O. Jones endorses Dillard for governor

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    SPRINGFIELD — Retired state Sen. John O. Jones has formally announced support for State Senator Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) to be the 2014 Republican nominee for Governor, citing a need for Dillard’s proven track record of leadership. “It is without hesitation that I enthusiastically endorse Kirk Dillard to be the next Governor of Illinois. Kirk...

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    IDOT to seek public input on transportation plan

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    Illinois transportation officials are announcing a series of meetings to allow the public to have input on the state’s long-range transit plan for 2015 through 2020. Ann Schneider heads Illinois’ transportation department. She said Monday the meeting for IDOT’s District 4 will be at the agency headquarters in Peoria on Sept. 16. Residents and...

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    Illinois schools’ test scores dip under new scale

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    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Test scores for Illinois elementary students dipped significantly in 2013 in both reading and math. But the state board of education says the changes are due to tougher scoring criteria, and students are still making gains. State education officials announced the results today. The overall percentage of students meeting and exceeding...

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