• Ill. ranks near bottom for low-income health care

    by  • September 18, 2013

    A new report says Illinois ranks 36th among the states for delivering health care services to its low-income residents. The Commonwealth Fund released a scorecard Wednesday detailing how states are performing on health care coverage, prevention and treatment of low-income people. The report looks at 30 health indicators and finds wide geographic variations with...

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    Bipartisan committee addresses education funding formulas

    by  • September 18, 2013

    Members of an Illinois senate committee on school funding are saying – and hearing – some interesting things. According to GOP senator Dave Luechtefeld, of Okawville, the state aid formula has morphed into something that it wasn’t intended to be and that many times he has found that it can be political. Justin Silverstein,...

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    Marion County publishes tax assessment changes

    by  • September 18, 2013

    Marion County Supervisor of Assessments, Patty Brough, has announced that assessment changes for the 2013 tax year have been published. This year’s changes can be found in the September 18 edition of the Shopper’s Weekly. Assessed values are subject to revision and equalization by the Board of Review and equalization by the Illinois Department...

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    Judge gives Centralia man 20 years for home invasion

    by  • September 18, 2013

    A 57-year-old Centralia man has been sentenced in Marion County Court to 20-years in prison for a November 2012 armed home invasion.  William Frank Gegan pleaded guilty May 1, to the Class X felony, after reaching an agreement with the prosecution that it would not seek extended term sentencing and that a Class 2...

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    Obit: Georgia Heugel

    by  • September 18, 2013

    Georgia L. Heugel, 57, of Junction City passed away Sunday, September 15, 2013 at her home. She was born the daughter of Joe and Lois (Weston) Heugel on August 4, 1956 in Marked Tree, Arkansas. She is survived by one daughter Jessica Phillips, husband Peter of Junction City; one son Bill Wilmoth of Junction...

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    Man arrested for fraudulent money order used as bail

    by  • September 17, 2013

    An alleged altered or falsified money order used for bail has landed a 20-year-old Kinmundy man in the Marion County Jail. According to deputy’s reports, Trenton Pearson has been arrested for allegedly using a $950 money order to bond himself out of jail following an arrest on an outstanding warrant stemming from a Marion...

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