• Miss. River stretch reopens after barge breakaways

    by  • April 23, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A stretch of the Mississippi River near St. Louis is reopened to shipping after the Coast Guard concluded 11 barges that sank last weekend in the rain-swollen waterway weren’t a hazard to navigation.   The 15-mile stretch was reopened Monday, while investigators continue trying to determine what caused 114 barges to break free Saturday night...

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    Secretary of State encourages online renewal

    by  • April 23, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says Earth Day is a good reminder that Illinois motorists can go green by registering to receive vehicle renewal notices via email. His office says registration tables are being set up in downtown Chicago’s James R. Thompson Center through Tuesday where the public can submit email information to customer...

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    Throw bums out? Try balancing Ill. budget online

    by  • April 23, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Tired of paying more state taxes and hearing only about overdue bills and a pension crisis? Now you can do more than cry, “Throw the bums out!” Two Chicago think tanks and Crain’s Chicago Business have developed an interactive online “Illinois Budget Calculator.” It puts the budget’s general fund — half of the state’s total spending...

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    Man gets 9 years in attack on former co-worker

    by  • April 23, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A southwestern Illinois man has been ordered to spend nine years in prison for what jurors concluded was his videotaped sexual assault on a female acquaintance. The assault occurred after he rendered the woman unconscious with a so-called “date rape” drug. Fifty-one-year-old Bryron Skalisius of Troy was sentenced Monday in Madison County, where he was...

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    Trial of twice-convicted Nicholas Sheley moved

    by  • April 23, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A third trial of twice-convicted killer Nicholas Sheley is being moved from Whiteside County to Rock Island County. The 33-year-old Sheley of Sterling is to stand trial in October in the deaths of 29-year-old Brock Branson, his 20-year-old fiancee, Kilynna Blake, and 2-year-old son Dayan. He will also be tried in the death of...

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