• Weekend drug charges dropped against Centralia man

    by  • November 4, 2013

    A 20-year-old Centralia man has been arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of under 2.5 grams of cannabis. Marion County Sheriff’s deputies say Joshua Lyons of Norton Road in Centralia was found to be in possession of the drugs after a canine alerted on his vehicle following a traffic stop. He was taken...

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    Jefferson County arrests man for Sunday shooting incident

    by  • November 4, 2013

    There was a shooting incident early Sunday morning at the Foxxy Lady in northern Jefferson County. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office,deputies in the area heard a gunshot and were going to investigate when the call came in from the establishment. They reportedly found 20-year-old Darnell Maxy of Mount Vernon to allegedly be...

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    Illinois students missing out on civics education

    by  • November 4, 2013

    Civics education isn’t what it should be in Illinois. This is according to Gery J. Chico, chairman of the state Board of Education. “I’m really troubled about the level of preparedness of our students in the area of civics. Jay Leno only does this half in jest when he takes the microphone out there...

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    Ill. lawmakers asked to consider more business tax breaks

    by  • November 4, 2013

    Once again Illinois lawmakers are considering a list of tax breaks and other incentives to keep some companies in the state and attract others. The most widely publicized proposal is a $24 million tax break aimed at persuading Archer Daniels Midland Company to keep its new global headquarters in Illinois. Legislators at this week’s...

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    Coalition of clergy comes out in support of gay marriage

    by  • November 4, 2013

    A coalition of clergy members and faith leaders has sent a letter to Illinois house members encouraging them to support gay marriage. The letter has more than 300 signatures, and says allowing committed same-sex couples to marry is “morally just.” The Illinois general assembly returns to Springfield this week and supporters of gay marriage...

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    No single cure for state’s financial woes

    by  • November 4, 2013

    It’s uncertain whether Illinois lawmakers will address the state’s nearly $100 billion pension shortfall when they return to Springfield for the final week of the fall legislative session. But even if they do, Illinois won’t be out of the woods financially. That was the takeaway of a sobering new study by the University of...

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