• Shutdown hurting Illinois economy

    by  • October 8, 2013

    Gov. Pat Quinn says if the federal government shutdown continues the state will have to lay off more workers whose paychecks come from federal funding. Illinois has already issued nearly 100 such temporary layoffs. They include employees with the State Department of Military Affairs, economic analysts at the Illinois Department of Employment Security and...

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    Ex-cop gets probation for tanning salon videoing

    by  • October 8, 2013

    A former southwestern Illinois police officer has been sentenced to two years of probation after admitting he illegally took cellphone videos of women at a tanning salon. The (Alton) Telegraph reports that 47-year-old Michael Collins was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to one count of unauthorized video recording. Prosecutors dropped two other counts. Madison...

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    Mt. Vernon demolishing hazardous vacant homes

    by  • October 8, 2013

    City workers in Mt. Vernon are demolishing hazardous vacant homes. About 10 properties are being leveled after officials said they were safety hazards to neighborhoods. Mount Vernon city inspector Derrick Quitisch says some homes had structural issues and collapsing roofs, while others were damaged by fire and were heavily rotted. The city’s spending about...

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    IDOC: state would need new prison with tougher gun laws

    by  • October 8, 2013

    Legislation cracking down on Illinois gun crime could add to the state’s prison crowding and cost hundreds of millions of dollars. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports a proposal backed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel could add nearly 3,900 inmates to the prison system. The measure would increase minimum sentences. Illinois Department...

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