• Ex-congressman reports to North Carolina prison

    by  • October 29, 2013

    CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has reported to a North Carolina federal prison to serve a 2 1/2-year prison term for misusing campaign funds. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke declined to offer details, including when Jackson reported to prison. Court documents were never clear about when Jackson must...

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    Monday morning accident leaves one dead on I-57

    by  • October 28, 2013

    Authorities say a Louisiana man was killed in an early morning traffic crash on Interstate 57 in Jefferson County. It happened just after 3 a.m. Monday on I-57 northbound at mile post 103 near Dix. Illinois State Police say Raymond M. Burt, 44, of Kentwood, La., was driving a 2001 Peterbilt semi-trailer loaded with...

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    Quinn asks for $221 mil more for current budget

    by  • October 28, 2013

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration wants lawmakers to approve $221 million in extra funds to spend this fiscal year. The request comes on top of the $35 billion budget the legislature approved in may. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports that a draft of the request includes $112 million to pay back wages owed...

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    Southwestern Ill. coal mine closing, nearly 200 lose jobs

    by  • October 28, 2013

    A southwestern Illinois coal mine’s closure means 189 employees are out of work. The (Alton) Telegraph reports the layoffs come with the closure of the Springfield Coal Co.’s Crown III mine in Macoupin County. The company says in a statement without elaborating that “poor market conditions” forced the move. Carlinville mayor Deanna Demuzio calls...

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    Illinois leads nation in radioactive waste

    by  • October 28, 2013

    Illinois is leading the nation when it comes to radioactive waste. Of the estimated 70,000 metric tons of spent fuel generated by the country’s nuclear power plants, 13 percent of it is stashed in Illinois at those plants, according to Nuclear Energy Institute. David Kraft, director of the Nuclear Energy Information Service, says that’s...

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