• Woman pleads guilty to benefit fraud

    by  • September 17, 2013

    A 59-year-old Murphysboro woman pleaded guilty Tuesday in Marion County Court, to one count felony state benefit fraud. Lawanda J. Logan was scheduled yesterday for an October 7, jury trial. But at a pretrial hearing Tuesday she pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years conditional discharge and ordered to pay nearly $3,500 in...

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    Ill. railway bridge collapses, freight cars fall into river

    by  • September 17, 2013

    A railway bridge has collapsed in east-central Illinois, sending six freight cars into the Spoon River. The Fulton County Sheriff’s office says the accident took place yesterday afternoon in Seville. No one was injured in the accident. Authorities say the train made it about halfway across the bridge when the structure collapsed. The incident...

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    Repair of Jefferson County bridge could cost $600k

    by  • September 17, 2013

    The Jefferson County Board is told that rusting and cracked piers beneath the Panzier Lane bridge is likely responsible for the September 5th bridge collapse. In special session Monday night, county highway engineer Braadon Simmons says the creek bottom was just below the fracture; it appears the rise and fall of water level may...

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    AFL-CIO pushes for waiver for Illinois plants

    by  • September 17, 2013

    A labor coalition wants Illinois’ Pollution Control Board to waive pollution controls at coal-fired plants being sold by Ameren Corp. The AFL-CIO is making its position known hours before the Illinois Pollution Control Board is set to meet in Springfield on Tuesday. The AFL-CIO says that move by the board would provide certainty to...

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    BREAKING: Bill Daley dropping out of governor’s race

    by  • September 16, 2013

    In a stunning political development, former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley is dropping out of the governor’s race. Daley, the brother of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, scheduled a news conference for Tuesday morning at the Union League Club. His spokesman confirmed he is dropping out but refused to say why, insisting...

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