• Multiple “shanks” found at Big Muddy

    by  • August 27, 2013

    For the second time in less than two weeks, part of a southern Illinois prison finds itself on lockdown. According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, the medium-security Big Muddy Correctional Center in Ina was placed on Level 1 lockdown Monday morning, following the discovery of multiple “shanks” in a cell.  Tom Shaer, IDOC...

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    Two Mt. Vernon women charged with making meth

    by  • August 27, 2013

    At 2:50 p.m. Monday the Mt Vernon/Jefferson County High Risk Team executed a search warrant on a home in the 300 block of North Sixth Street in Mt Vernon based on information that methamphetamine was being produced and sold from the residence. The team secured the residence and detained two people, 44-year-old  Angela R....

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    Ill. drivers can now prove insurance on cellphone

    by  • August 26, 2013

    Governor Pat Quinn has signed a new law that lets Illinois residents use cellphones to prove they have auto insurance. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers reports Quinn signed the legislation Friday. More than a dozen other states also let motorists use programs on their smartphones instead of paper cards provided by auto...

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    New law lowers required school age in Illinois

    by  • August 26, 2013

    Governor Pat Quinn has signed a law lowering the required age that Illinois students must attend school. The law takes effect in the 2014-2015 school year. It lowers the compulsory age from 7 to 6. Quinn signed the bill Sunday at a school on Chicago ‘s west side. Monday marks the first day of...

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    Much of Ill. to see brutal heat this week

    by  • August 26, 2013

    It looks like a hot week ahead for much of Illinois. The national weather service is predicting a week of high temperatures for much of the state with highs in the 90s. The weather service has issued a heat advisory for parts of the state. Heat and high humidity are expected from noon Monday...

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