• Murder trial postponed until October

    by  • September 9, 2013

    A murder trial for an Elkville man accused of the murder of a Jefferson County woman has been pushed back a month due to a change in attorneys. Trial was to begin in Franklin County tomorrow for 39-year-old Donald Lee of Elkville but has been reset for October 8th. Lee has pleaded not guilty...

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    Multiple injuries in SCT bus accident

    by  • September 9, 2013

    According to Centralia police, at approximately 3:30 Monday afternoon, a South Central Transit bus carrying approximately 12 grade school students was involved in a traffic accident with a car. The accident took place at West Broadway and Brooks Avenue, which is near Hardee’s and Ace Hardware, when the front of the bus struck the...

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    Details on Capitol renovations irk state lawmakers

    by  • September 9, 2013

    More details about ornate renovations at the state capitol are drawing criticism from lawmakers at a time when Illinois already has massive financial problems. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the nearly $50 million tax-payer funded renovation includes $160,000 for sculptures and $323,000 for chandeliers. Chicago democrat state Sen. Patricia Van Pelt says she’s embarrassed by...

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    Days of meter readers coming to an end

    by  • September 9, 2013

    The days of the meter reader are numbered in most of Illinois. Commonwealth Edison is officially rolling out digital “smart” meters – wireless devices that relay information on electricity consumption directly to utilities. Installation has begun in Chicago’s western suburbs, with all 4 million northern Illinois customers to get the devices by 2021. Ameren...

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    Massive search underway for missing 7-yo girl

    by  • September 9, 2013

    A massive search is underway in Effingham County for a missing 7-year-old girl. More than 400 volunteers, including local firefighters and other first responders, have been searching near Willow Long’s home in Watson in Effingham County. Willow walked away from her home on circle drive Sunday morning after an argument with her mother. Willow...

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    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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