• Man arrested after leaving IDOC ID at crime scene

    by  • August 16, 2013

    DECATUR — (AP) — Police didn’t have to work too hard to track down a man they say robbed a central Illinois home after he left his department of corrections id card on the ground. The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports 25-year-old Drake A. Ellis was arrested this week. He’s being held in the...

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    Possible contamination leads to pet food recall

    by  • August 15, 2013

    CINCINNATI–The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has voluntarily recalled specific lots of dry pet food because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. These lots were distributed in the United States and represent roughly one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of annual production. No Salmonella-related illnesses have been reported to date in association...

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    New law strengthens 9-1-1 servcice

    by  • August 15, 2013

    Calling 9-1-1 may not always be effective when you’ve traveled outside your area code. That’s because many times the call will automatically be routed to an operator in your home town. But a new law requires the state to develop a 9-1-1 transfer system. It’ll allow emergency operators to direct calls to the closest...

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    Former congressman and wife prepare for prison

    by  • August 15, 2013

    With their sentences known, Jesse Jackson Jr. And his wife must now prepare for their stints behind bars. A U.S. judge in Washington on Wednesday handed the ex-Illinois congressman a 2 1/2-year prison term and his wife Sandra a yearlong sentence for misusing $750,000 in campaign funds. In a concession to their two school-aged...

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    Pension committee moving forward

    by  • August 15, 2013

    Illinois lawmakers on a committee tasked with finding a solution to the state’s pension problem say they’re making progress. But they won’t say when they expect to finish their work. The State Journal-Register reports the 10-member panel was working Wednesday. Rep. Elaine Nekritz is a democrat from Northbrook. She says the conference committee is...

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    Jefferson County Courthouse to begin enforcing dress code

    by  • August 15, 2013

    If you’re thinking of wearing pajamas, house slippers, shorts or tank tops to a southern Illinois courthouse, guess again. Jefferson County Court officials will start enforcing a dress code at the courthouse in Mount Vernon on Monday. Sheriff Roger Mulch says “This has been a long time coming.” he says deputies make near-daily announcements...

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