• Madigan: Legislature could return to fix pensions

    by  • November 6, 2013

    House Speaker Michael Madigan says he’s prepared to pass a “meaningful” pension reform bill, and he hopes it will happen before the end of the year. The Chicago democrat says legislative leaders are waiting for actuaries to crunch numbers on some proposals they’re considering. Once they have the information he hopes lawmakers can return...

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    Mt. Vernon awarded Governor’s Cup for homeless shelter

    by  • November 6, 2013

    Governor Pat Quinn announced the winners of the 31st Annual Governor’s Hometown Awards, which are presented to recognize volunteers for their work in improving their communities. The city of Mount Vernon was awarded the Governor’s Cup, a traveling silver trophy presented to the group whose efforts are deemed most representative of the spirit of...

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    Home across from fire department lost in fire

    by  • November 6, 2013

    A West City family is wondering why it took so long for the fire department across the street to show up to their burning home in Franklin County. The Gray family home burned down last Friday, and they say they called 911 five times. Reports say neighboring fire departments arrived on scene faster than...

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    Man killed in Hamilton County oil well accident

    by  • November 6, 2013

    One man is dead after an accident at an oil well in Hamilton County. It happened Tuesday morning southwest of McLeansboro. Hamilton County Coroner Ron Ewald says the victim, Lex B. Anderson of McLeansboro, was working on the well when a piece of his clothing got caught in a pulley and he was pulled...

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    Bluford man sentenced to federal prison

    by  • November 6, 2013

    A 47-year male of Bluford man was sentenced in United States District Court in Benton to two years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to Stephen R. Wigginton, United States attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. Craig L. Fenton, was charged with illegally possessing a loaded...

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    Baby girl found unresponsive in Centralia home

    by  • November 6, 2013

    A 2-month-old baby girl was found unresponsive in her bed Wednesday morning in Centralia, according to Marion County Coroner Troy Cannon. Cannon says an autopsy Wednesday afternoon failed to find a cause of death for the otherwise healthy Laila miller, the daughter of Shirley Barnes and Cassius Miller of Centralia. The infant was rushed...

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