• Police: school bus attack unfounded

    by  • August 23, 2013

    According to Salem police, a report they recently received of an alleged battery on a city school bus is unfounded. Police chief Ron Campo says that looking at the video from the school bus there is no indication of any physical contact with the young girl who was reported to have been assaulted by...

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    Youth deer hunt gets 3 day schedule

    by  • August 23, 2013

    Illinois’ youth will have three days in October to deer hunt with firearms. Illinois Department of Natural Resources officials said Thursday the hunt will be held Oct. 12-14 for youths who haven’t reached their 16th birthday by the first day of the hunt. Participants must have completed a DNR-approved hunter education course. They also...

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    Area road construction will lead to delays

    by  • August 23, 2013

    According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Route 161 from just east of Slant Road to just west of Randolph Drive in Centralia will be intermittently restricted during daytime hours starting Monday and running through Friday, August 30, weather permitting. Also starting Monday, there will be lane restrictions on U.S. Highway 51 in...

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    July unemployment rises in the area

    by  • August 23, 2013

    Unemployment fell in seven of Illinois’ 12 metro areas in July. But some of the increases were sharp and driven by manufacturing declines. The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday that unemployment dropped in areas that included Champaign-Urbana, Springfield and the Metro East near St. Louis. The last of those three saw a...

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    Marion County schools to get $52 mil in construction grants

    by  • August 23, 2013

    The state is handing out $400 million in grants to help school districts across Illinois construct new buildings and replace outdated energy systems. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the grants Thursday and says the money is part of the Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program, a $31 billion effort aimed at improving infrastructure and creating...

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