• Dog rescued after 2 hours at bottom of Ill. well

    by  • September 23, 2013

    STANDARD (AP) — A dog fell 23 feet into a northern Illinois well, then dog-paddled for two hours until firefighters could hoist him to safety. It happened Saturday near the tiny Putnam County town of Standard when a Goldendoodle named Doogie ran to greet a worker who had opened the top of the family’s...

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    Drug trial set for former southwestern Ill. judge

    by  • September 23, 2013

    EAST ST. LOUIS (AP) — A southwestern Illinois judge accused of federal heroin and weapons charges is scheduled to go on trial by the end of this year. Authorities announced Monday during a pretrial hearing for former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook that his trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 9. Cook...

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    House dems want to eliminate state gas tax

    by  • September 20, 2013

    Two democratic state representatives are introducing legislation to remove the sales tax Illinois places on gasoline. Decatur democrat Sue Scherer tells the (Springfield) State Journal-Register that her constituents are frustrated by high gas prices, which include a 6.25 percent state surcharge. If it’s approved, the bill would remove the sales tax starting next July....

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    State considering ATV ownership fee

    by  • September 20, 2013

    It may soon become more expensive to own an ATV in Illinois. The Springfield Bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the state is in the final stages of approving a $15 annual fee for all-terrain vehicles. If it’s approved, the permit would be required starting in January. Chris McCloud is a spokesman for the...

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    Salem PD investigating burglaries

    by  • September 20, 2013

    Salem police are investigating two residential burglaries. According to reports, a home on south Vincent was reportedly broken into sometime before 2 p.m. Wednesday and an Xbox and jewelry taken. Then an apartment in the 100 block of south was entered sometime before he midnight. A DVD player, Play Station, and cash were reported...

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    Additional postage rate increase looming

    by  • September 20, 2013

    Look for a possible increase in postage rates soon. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says his agency is financially strapped and facing a $6 billion loss this year after last year’s $16 billion loss. A decision may be made as early as next week on a postage increase. The regular annual rate increase is already...

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