• 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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    McCarter announces intent to seek reelection

    by  • August 28, 2013

    Senator Kyle McCarter has announced he will be running for reelection. McCarter became the state senator for the 51st district in February 2009, when he was appointed after Senator Frank Watson retired. He was elected for a two-year term in 2010 and again in 2012 for the newly created 54th State Senate District. The...

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    KC to receive grant from Boeing employee fund

    by  • August 28, 2013

    Kaskaskia College is proud to announce that is has received a $10,000 grant from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Saint Louis for its new Trenton Education Center. KC will be establishing an open community technology area in its new Trenton Education Center as one component in a broader effort to expand services. The...

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