• Bill would form task force on theft of recyclable metals

    by  • February 18, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A bill filed in the Illinois House would form a new task force to address thefts of recyclable metals, including copper. The Belleville News-Democrat reports the panel would review efforts to combat theft and come up with new ideas. Findings would be reported to the governor annually. Members of the task...

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    Rauner’s budget plan calls for deep spending cuts

    by  • February 18, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois’ new Republican governor is calling for deep spending cuts to address a state budget billions in the red without raising taxes. Gov. Bruce Rauner said during his first budget address Wednesday that Illinois has been living beyond its means. He says lawmakers must be willing to make unpopular decisions to...

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    Centralia mayor delivers State of the City address

    by  • February 18, 2015

    CENTRALIA — Centralia Mayor Tom Ashby has released his State-of-the-City presentation, which shows a more than $284,000 reduction in Centralia’s General Corporate Budget from four years ago. The city also has a substantial increase of cash on hand from nearly negative $22,000 in 2012, to more than $1.262 million projected for this year. According...

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