• State reports second West Nile death this season

    by  • September 18, 2013

    The second West Nile virus related death in Illinois this year has been confirmed, this time in Cook County. A middle-aged suburban Chicago man became ill with West Nile in late August and has died. This follows on the heels of the first Illinois death due to the mosquito-spread disease which also occurred in...

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    Troopers to get video equipped Tasers

    by  • September 18, 2013

    Each Illinois State Police patrol trooper will soon carry a video-equipped Taser that will capture video any time the high-voltage device is used. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the agency has spent about $1.4 million to buy roughly 800 Tasers for patrol officers and sergeants. Meanwhile, the Illinois tollway is buying another 118 for troopers...

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    Ill. ranks near bottom for low-income health care

    by  • September 18, 2013

    A new report says Illinois ranks 36th among the states for delivering health care services to its low-income residents. The Commonwealth Fund released a scorecard Wednesday detailing how states are performing on health care coverage, prevention and treatment of low-income people. The report looks at 30 health indicators and finds wide geographic variations with...

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    Bipartisan committee addresses education funding formulas

    by  • September 18, 2013

    Members of an Illinois senate committee on school funding are saying – and hearing – some interesting things. According to GOP senator Dave Luechtefeld, of Okawville, the state aid formula has morphed into something that it wasn’t intended to be and that many times he has found that it can be political. Justin Silverstein,...

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    Marion County publishes tax assessment changes

    by  • September 18, 2013

    Marion County Supervisor of Assessments, Patty Brough, has announced that assessment changes for the 2013 tax year have been published. This year’s changes can be found in the September 18 edition of the Shopper’s Weekly. Assessed values are subject to revision and equalization by the Board of Review and equalization by the Illinois Department...

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    Judge gives Centralia man 20 years for home invasion

    by  • September 18, 2013

    A 57-year-old Centralia man has been sentenced in Marion County Court to 20-years in prison for a November 2012 armed home invasion.  William Frank Gegan pleaded guilty May 1, to the Class X felony, after reaching an agreement with the prosecution that it would not seek extended term sentencing and that a Class 2...

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