• Tree workshop to be held in Salem

    by  • June 21, 2013 • 0 Comments

    City of Salem Mayor John Raymer has announced that the city will be holding a two-day tree inventory and assessment workshop as part of its parks sustainability program at William Jennings Bryan Memorial Park next Wednesday and Thursday. Professor Emeritus Tom Green of Western Illinois University will be on hand to work with participants...

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    Most Committee Members Backed Bigger Pension Cuts

    by  • June 20, 2013 • 0 Comments

    (AP) – Eight of the 10 members of a committee tackling Illinois’ $97 billion pension crisis supported a proposal to unilaterally cut benefits. Lawmakers voted Wednesday to form a bipartisan committee to try to end a stalemate between the House and Senate. Legislative leaders appointed the members. The Senate members are Democrats Linda Holmes,...

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    Ill. county GOP chair resigns over ‘racist’ email

    by  • June 20, 2013 • 0 Comments

    (AP) — The chairman of the Republican Party in Montgomery County has resigned after writing what’s been called a racist and sexist email about U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis’ primary challenger. Illinois Republican Party chairman Jack Dorgan says he accepted Jim Allen’s resignation on Thursday afternoon. Allen wrote an email Tuesday suggesting Erika Harold could...

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    Illinois unemployment rate falls again in May

    by  • June 20, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Illinois’ unemployment rate fell in May to 9.1 percent. It was the second straight monthly drop after a series of increases earlier this year. The state Department of Employment Security says Thursday that May’s decrease was due in part to gains in construction employment. The state added a net 3,900 construction jobs during the...

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    Audit: DCFS case backlog biggest since 2006

    by  • June 20, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The Illinois Auditor General says a state agency that reviews child abuse claims missed a deadline to investigate cases nearly 900 times in 2012. An audit showed 884 of roughly 65,000 allegations missed the 60-day deadline required for officials to investigate an abuse allegation. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports that’s up...

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