• One week before veto session, pension committee divided

    by  • October 14, 2013

    The Illinois legislature’s fall veto session is just a week away, but a committee tasked with the solving the state’s enormous pension problem is divided. An Associated Press survey of the 10-member committee found five democrats support a plan that would save the state $138 billion over 30 years. The other half consists of...

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    Capital funding announced for area

    by  • October 14, 2013

    Governor Pat Quinn Sunday joined local and area officials to announce $5.3 million from the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program that can be used to repair municipal, township and county infrastructure in southern Illinois. The funds are in addition to the annual Motor Fuel Tax revenues these municipalities are scheduled to receive this...

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    IDOT roadwork will close roads in Kinmundy

    by  • October 14, 2013

    The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that both lanes of Illinois Route 37 will be closed starting Tuesday from North Jefferson Street to East First Street, or Kinlou Road in Kinmundy. All lanes are anticipated to reopen and construction to be completed by Tuesday, Oct. 22. The road closure is needed for maintenance....

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    Flesh-eating heroin-like drug in Illinois

    by  • October 14, 2013

    (AP) — A powerful heroin-like drug that rots flesh and bone has made an appearance in Illinois, authorities say. Known on the street as “krokodil,” the caustic homemade opiate is made from over-the-counter codeine-based headache pills mixed with iodine, gasoline, paint thinner or alcohol. When it’s injected, it destroys a user’s tissue, turning their...

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    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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