• Program to provide assistance for poor in civil cases

    by  • October 15, 2013

    A new program is aimed at helping the poor in central and southern Illinois in court. The Diocese of Springfield is asking for volunteers to provide legal services to assist people who can’t afford representation in civil cases. Steven Roach, executive director of Catholic Charities for the diocese, says that could cover everything from...

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    Guards injured in fight at Big Muddy

    by  • October 15, 2013

    According to WSIL-TV, two correctional officers were injured during a fight between inmates at Big Muddy River Correctional Center in Ina. Tom Shaer, spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), says a fight between three inmates broke out Sunday morning as they were on their way to the dietary building. Two officers were...

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    Weekend rally to show support of Murray and corrections

    by  • October 15, 2013

    Just a reminder that the prison worker support group My Brother’s Keeper will be holding a rally this weekend in Centralia as a show of support and solidarity for the efforts to keep open the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center, as well as for the workers at Centralia Correctional Center. Marsha Griffin, the organization’s...

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    Cavaletto to seek reelection to House seat

    by  • October 15, 2013

    State representative John Cavaletto (R – Salem) announced Sunday he will seek re-election as 107th District state representative. Cavaletto most recently won election to his current position as 107th district state rep in the 2012 election. In addition to serving in the Illinois House since 2009, Cavaletto is a retired educator with more than...

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    Fight to save Murray picking up steam and supporters

    by  • October 14, 2013

    Following the October 9 hearing of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board in Centralia, republican state Representative Charlie Meier, of Okawville filed a House Joint Resolution that would prevent the board from de-certifying the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center until all federal court action has been finalized. Republican state Representative John Cavaletto,...

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