• Ill. counties fail in transparency

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    According to a report from the Illinois Policy Institute, most counties in Illinois are failing when it comes to government transparency, including the counties in our listening area. In our area, Fayette County received the highest, but still failing grade, meeting just 17.2 percent of the possible 100 points given on a 10-point transparency...

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    Bill looks to accelerate farmland assessments

    by  • July 8, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A 1970s-era method of assessing farmland in Illinois is in need of an update, according to a top budget-making lawmaker. State Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) wants to accelerate the rate at which the assessed value for lower-quality soil grows. The result, he says, is that southern Illinois farmland owners would be paying more...

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    Toddler with lab-made windpipe dies

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    (AP) — A 2-year-old girl who was implanted with a windpipe grown from her own stem cells has died. Hannah Warren, who was born without a windpipe, was the youngest patient in the world to benefit from the experimental treatment. Hospital spokeswoman Shelli Dankoff says Hannah died Saturday at Children’s Hospital of Illinois in...

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    Two men stab eachother in Bonnie

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    Two men allegedly stabbed each other early Friday morning and one went to the hospital and the other went to the Jefferson County Jail. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, they responded to a call at approximately 2:30 a.m. Friday from a residence in the 300 block of west Third Street in Bonnie...

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    Museum hosts Engine 2500 program

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    The story of Illinois Central Railroad Engine 2500 will be featured in a lecture Monday night at the Centralia Historical Society. The Centralia Area Historical Museum and Kaskaskia College will host Jim Adams from Centralia with a program at 7 p.m. about ICRR Engine 2500. In 1962, the Engine 2500 made a week-long trip...

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