• Choate may again avoid federal decertification

    by  • August 14, 2013

    Efforts to keep a state facility for developmentally disabled Illinoisans from losing its federal funding took a step forward Tuesday. A spokeswoman for Illinois Department of Human Services said state health officials have accepted yet another plan to correct deficiencies at Clyde L. Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in Anna. That will allow...

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    Rail crossing to close U.S. 50 at Shattuc

    by  • August 14, 2013

    BNSF railroad has announced a crossing closure in rural Sandoval starting at 6 a.m. Thursday. Due to the rail crossing being reseated on U.S. Highway 50 at Shattuc, traffic will be detoured from 6 a.m. Thursday until 6 p.m. Friday. Eastbound traffic will be detoured down Shattuc Road to Route 161 and westbound traffic...

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    ISP releases July activity reports for area

    by  • August 13, 2013

    Illinois State Police District 12 commander, Captain Morrie Fraser, announced activity and enforcement figures for the month of July. Troopers in district 12, which includes Clark, Clay, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Marion and Richland counties, answered 835 calls for service and initiated 1,938 incidents in the field during the month. In addition,...

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    Bonnie man indicted on federal meth charges

    by  • August 13, 2013

    A 42-year-old Jefferson County man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Benton on methamphetamine related charges. Alvin Gene Chelf of Bonnie was charged on two counts stemming from allegations that he knowingly distributed methamphetamine in February of this year. Each count carries a potential 20 years in prison, up to $1,000,000...

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    Gambling winnings now subject to child support garnishment

    by  • August 13, 2013

    Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation that lets casinos and race tracks garnish gambling winnings from parents who owe back child support. The new law that was signed Monday takes effect immediately. It’s aimed at chipping away at the state’s nearly $3 billion backlog in unpaid child support. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers...

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