• Company opening gaming establishments in southern Illinois

    by  • October 14, 2013

    (AP) — A Carmi-based company is opening more than a dozen video gaming establishments in southern Illinois, including one in Salem. Waab Enterprises has, or soon will open, establishments in Du Quoin, Sesser, Harrisburg, Carmi, Salem, Murphysboro, Christopher, Herrin, Eldorado, Olney, West City, Mount Carmel and Anna. Each location will employ about five people....

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    Aspen schedules settlement hearing in Murray Center case

    by  • October 11, 2013

    In an attempt to find middle ground, Judge Marvin Aspen has ordered both sides in the battle surrounding the plan to close the Murray Center in Centralia to appear before a magistrate judge for a settlement conference. According to court documents filed following a Thursday final pre-trial conference, Aspen has ordered the State to...

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    Quinn grants clemency to 65 people

    by  • October 11, 2013

    CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today granted 65 and denied 124 clemency petitions. This action marks another step in a series of clemency decisions aimed at eliminating a backlog of more than 2,500 cases that built up during the previous administration. The 189 clemency petitions acted upon by Governor Quinn are part of dockets...

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    Coal producer settles retiree benefit dispute

    by  • October 11, 2013

    Coal producer Peabody Energy Corp. says it will pay hundreds of millions of dollars to settle a drawn-out legal dispute over health care benefits for thousands of retirees who worked for bankrupt Peabody spinoff Patriot Coal Corp. The St. Louis-based companies and the united mine workers of America union announced the deal late Wednesday....

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