• Fire breaks out in shuttered prison

    by  • July 25, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A long-closed state prison in Joliet that’s been featured in TV shows and movies was damaged overnight in a fire. Tom Shaer is the director of communications for the Illinois Department of Corrections. He says the fire at the Joliet prison began around 3:15 a.m. Thursday and is now extinguished. The blaze was contained...

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    Experts warn of growing tick population

    by  • July 25, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Bug experts say they’re seeing an increase in the number of ticks crawling around Illinois this summer. Several species of the blood-sucking bugs are found in the state, but entomologists tell the Belleville News-Democrat that they’ve seen a particular rise in the American dog tick this year. The species can host the rocky mountain...

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    Odin man draws 5-year sentence for battering child

    by  • July 25, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A 35-year-old rural Odin man was sentenced Wednesday in Marion County Court to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for aggravated battery to a 5-year-old child. Charles A. Royal had pleaded guilty May 22, to the felony charge of aggravated battery to a child. Marion County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Royal in October...

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    Chicago lawmaker takes active interest in Murray Center

    by  • July 25, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A state representative from Chicago has taken an interest in what’s happening at the Murray Center in Centralia, saying he will continue to monitor the residential facility. Greg Harris, a Chicago democrat, reached out yesterday to Withers Broadcasting regarding Murray. As chairman of the House Human Services Appropriations Committee, Harris says he has asked...

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