• Groups accuse Murray management of lies and intimidation

    by  • September 6, 2013

    As the federal case by the Murray Parents Association against the State of Illinois moves forward, both the MPA and the union representing state employees are accusing Murray management of intimidation and making libelous statements regarding the case and the MPA. Anne Irving, director of Public Policy for the American Federation of State, County...

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    Illinois governor names new chief of staff

    by  • September 6, 2013

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn is naming a new chief of staff to replace Jack Lavin (LA’-vihn), who is resigning. Quinn said Friday that Ryan Croke (KROHK’) will be his top aide. Croke has been deputy chief of staff since November 2009. Lavin has been Quinn’s chief of staff since late 2010....

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    Former governors ask GOP leaders to back Dillard

    by  • September 6, 2013

    CHICAGO (AP) — Two former GOP Illinois governors are asking party leaders to back state Sen. Kirk Dillard in the 2014 gubernatorial primary, saying he’s the only Republican who can win the general election. Former Govs. Jim Edgar and Jim Thompson have endorsed Dillard. They sent a letter earlier this week to all GOP...

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    Rural Iuka man pleads guilty to sex assault

    by  • September 6, 2013

    A 40-year-old rural Iuka man scheduled for a jury trial in Marion County Court this week for criminal sexual assault has pleaded guilty to a lesser felony charge. Jason Vaughn pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He admitted to committing a sexual act with a person under the age of 18 in November...

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    Bridge collapses near Woodlawn; semi safely crosses

    by  • September 6, 2013

    A bridge has collapsed in Jefferson County. According to the Jefferson County dispatch, a bridge on Panzier Lane south of  Illinois Highway 15 collapsed near Woodlawn. The bridge collapsed Thursday afternoon as a semi was driving across. The truck made it to the other side. Semi driver James Garrison of Ashley was uninjured. Garrison...

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