• New law takes aim at mugshot websites

    by  • August 29, 2013

    Your record follows you everywhere – much more easily, thanks to the internet. Organizations such as mugshots.com, put up, for example, mug shots of criminal suspects, then contact the subjects and offer to remove their picture for a price. That is going to be against the law in Illinois, effective Jan. 1. The practice...

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    Southern Ill. man accused of trying to kill friend

    by  • August 29, 2013

    A southern Illinois man is accused of trying to kill a friend at the defendant’s home in the village of Royalton. The Southern Illinoisan reports 48-year old Donald Waldron is charged in Franklin County with attempted murder, aggravated assault and aggravated discharge of a weapon. Prosecutors allege Waldron fired a pistol at least twice...

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    Durkin new leader of Illinois House Republicans

    by  • August 29, 2013

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Suburban Chicago state Rep. Jim Durkin is the new leader of Republicans in the Illinois House. The Western Springs lawmaker was elected Thursday afternoon in Springfield. Durkin’s challenger had been state Rep. Raymond Poe of Springfield. But Poe dropped out of the race before the election, saying there is a need...

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    Prosecutor: No charges planned in deadly van wreck

    by  • August 28, 2013

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A southern Illinois prosecutor says a freeway wreck that killed five van passengers returning from a California ministry conference was a tragic accident and the driver won’t be charged. Fayette County State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison says Malcolm Purnell of Camden, N.J. had no alcohol or illegal drugs in his system...

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    State backs off multiple drug charges against Centralia man

    by  • August 28, 2013

    The state’s attorney’s office in Marion County has elected to not pursue charges against a 21-year-old Centralia man who was arrested last summer on multiple drug charges. Quinton Shackelford had been scheduled for a Thursday final pretrial, after the defense had objected in July to another continuance in the case. He was scheduled for...

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    Quinn urges use of cooling centers in anticipated heat

    by  • August 28, 2013

    With hot weather expected this week, Gov. Pat Quinn is urging residents to take advantage of the state’s cooling centers. Cooling centers are located at Illinois department of human services offices throughout the state and are open to the public during regular business hours from 8:30 am to 5 pm. In Marion County, the...

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