• New law lowers required school age in Illinois

    by  • August 26, 2013

    Governor Pat Quinn has signed a law lowering the required age that Illinois students must attend school. The law takes effect in the 2014-2015 school year. It lowers the compulsory age from 7 to 6. Quinn signed the bill Sunday at a school on Chicago ‘s west side. Monday marks the first day of...

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    Much of Ill. to see brutal heat this week

    by  • August 26, 2013

    It looks like a hot week ahead for much of Illinois. The national weather service is predicting a week of high temperatures for much of the state with highs in the 90s. The weather service has issued a heat advisory for parts of the state. Heat and high humidity are expected from noon Monday...

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    Police end landfill search without finding infant

    by  • August 26, 2013

    Police in the northern Illinois suburb of Zion say they’ve ended their search of a landfill without finding the remains of a missing 5-month-old boy. The Zion police department posted an update saying searchers called off the hunt Sunday evening after doing “everything humanly possible” to find Joshua Summeries. His mother’s boyfriend, 26-year-old Demetries...

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    Pension committee making progress

    by  • August 26, 2013

    Gov. Pat Quinn says the outline of a pension reform proposal from a bipartisan panel is “positive indeed.” However, the Chicago democrat was less clear about whether he’s fully behind it or not, saying he wants to see final details. He told reporters Sunday after an unrelated event that the panel tasked with coming...

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    Three motorcycle accident sends Centralia residents to area hospitals

    by  • August 26, 2013

    According to the Illinois State Police, three Centralia residents were injured in an accident just before 9:30 Sunday night that involved three motorcycles on Baseline Road in Walnut Hill. Accident reports say 66-year-old Ronnie Slover and 46-year-old Matt Noleman, operating two different motorcycles, were taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis for treatment, while...

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    Hearing Monday on CHS petition challenge

    by  • August 26, 2013

    The Marion County Board of Elections heard arguments Monday afternoon regarding petitions that were circulated with the intent of having a $2 million bond referendum for Centralia High School placed on the March ballot. The school board is seeking to refinance existing bonds for another two years, to raise the funds necessary to either...

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