• Farmland tax should be on the rise

    by  • July 26, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Opening the property tax bill is going to be less fun than ever for many southern Illinois farmland owners over the next several years. Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law a bill touted as an update of assessment procedures. Now, more profit-producing land in northern Illinois may be worth three or four times...

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    Law enforcement warns of sexual predator

    by  • July 26, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department has issued a warning to the public about a sexual predator who is not compliant with his sex offender registration. Christopher P. Richards is also wanted in other jurisdictions. Richards has been seen in the company of female, named Michelle J. Webb. If you have seen Richards and/or Webb,...

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    Comptroller calls Quinn’s veto “blackmail”

    by  • July 25, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Gov. Pat Quinn says state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is following the Illinois Constitution by not issuing paychecks to state lawmakers. Quinn put out a statement Thursday after Topinka said she has no choice but to withhold the paychecks. Topinka’s office reviewed Quinn’s decision to cut state legislator’s paychecks from a budget bill earlier...

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    Fire breaks out in shuttered prison

    by  • July 25, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A long-closed state prison in Joliet that’s been featured in TV shows and movies was damaged overnight in a fire. Tom Shaer is the director of communications for the Illinois Department of Corrections. He says the fire at the Joliet prison began around 3:15 a.m. Thursday and is now extinguished. The blaze was contained...

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