• Madigan fundraising nears $5 million

    by  • July 9, 2013 • 0 Comments

    (AP) — Attorney General Lisa Madigan has raised close to $5 million for her next campaign. But she’s not yet saying whether she’ll use the money to run for governor or to seek another term as Illinois attorney general. Reports filed with the state Monday show Madigan took in about $613,000 in large donations...

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    Woman arrested in Mt. Vernon Cash Store robbery

    by  • July 9, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A 39-year-old Ina woman has been arrested in connection with three area robberies following an investigation by the Mt. Vernon Police Department, Benton Police Department, West City Police Department, Ina Police Department and State of Illinois Attorney General’s office. Raquel Ashby has been arrested in connection with robberies at the Cash Store in Mt...

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    Concealed carry now law in Illinois

    by  • July 9, 2013 • 0 Comments

    (AP) — Illinois has become the final state in the nation to allow the public possession of concealed guns, just ahead of a federal appeals court’s deadline. The state Senate voted 41-17 Tuesday to override Gov. Pat Quinn’s veto of the concealed carry legislation lawmakers sent him. The House took the same action earlier...

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    Man chews part of patrol car

    by  • July 8, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A north-central Illinois man accused of resisting arrest on charges of drunken driving apparently has even more legal trouble to chew on after allegedly eating part of the patrol car that hauled him off to jail. WLPO-AM reports 22-year-old Rick Frederick of Sheridan made clear he didn’t want to be taken in by LaSalle...

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    Ill. counties fail in transparency

    by  • July 8, 2013 • 0 Comments

    According to a report from the Illinois Policy Institute, most counties in Illinois are failing when it comes to government transparency, including the counties in our listening area. In our area, Fayette County received the highest, but still failing grade, meeting just 17.2 percent of the possible 100 points given on a 10-point transparency...

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    Bill looks to accelerate farmland assessments

    by  • July 8, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A 1970s-era method of assessing farmland in Illinois is in need of an update, according to a top budget-making lawmaker. State Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) wants to accelerate the rate at which the assessed value for lower-quality soil grows. The result, he says, is that southern Illinois farmland owners would be paying more...

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