• Marine recruiter murder trial continued

    by  • June 11, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The double murder trial against a former Centralia Marine recruiter in Macon County has again been continued, after a pretrial hearing yesterday was postponed until July. Timothy R. Giles, 29, is charged with killing a Harristown mother and daughter, and seriously wounding another daughter. He and his sister, 21-year-old Katrina l. Giles, face charges...

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    Illinois facing another credit downgrade

    by  • June 11, 2013 • 0 Comments

    With handshakes, hugs and a few kisses, Illinois lawmakers left the capitol May 31 without repairing a leaking pension system that they have been saying for years must be fixed. Now they wait to discover the consequences of inaction; Illinois, already the lowest-graded state in the nation, faces yet another credit-rating cut. When lawmakers...

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    Quinn asks lawmakers to combine 2 pension plans

    by  • June 11, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is asking lawmakers to approve both rival plans on how to solve the state’s nearly $100 billion pension crisis. But it’s unclear if legislative leaders will agree. Quinn made the request Monday in a meeting in Chicago with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton. The Governor convened...

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    Report: Sex abuse plagues Ill. youth corrections

    by  • June 11, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A federal report shows that imprisoned Illinois youth face sexual abuse more than most other states, and the department’s chief and a watchdog group are pressing for action. The Justice Department’s yearly report lists Illinois among the worst states in terms of the frequency of juveniles reporting being sexually abused by other inmates or...

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