• Feds: Ex-state worker took $433,000 in kickbacks

    by  • August 8, 2013

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a onetime chief of staff to the former head of the Illinois Department of Public Health took $433,000 in kickbacks for steering grant and contract money to certain groups. An indictment released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Springfield says Quinshaunta Golden faces one count of bribery and...

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    Child abuse and neglect increasing in southern Illinois

    by  • August 8, 2013

    Illinois child abuse and neglect deaths in 2013 are occurring faster than at any time in 18 years, with more fatalities in southern Illinois than in heavily populated northern communities. Richard Calica tracks such grim statistics as director of the Illinois department of children & family services (DCFS). He visited Tuesday in southern Illinois...

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    Record enrollment makes housing tight at SIU-C

    by  • August 8, 2013

    Administrators at southern Illinois University are preparing for a record number of new students on campus when fall classes begin later this month. But that’s creating a housing crunch at the Carbondale school. WSIL-TV says new student enrollment is on pace to beat 2008′s record, thanks to an anticipated 16 percent increase in new...

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    Wilson gets 12 years for bank robbery

    by  • August 8, 2013

    A 42-year-old Waltonville man has pleaded guilty to bank robbery, in exchange for a sentence of 12 years in prison, which he will begin serving immediately. According to Jefferson County State’s Attorney Doug Hoffman, Jeffrey M. Wilson pleaded guilty to one count of financial institution robbery and will have three other charges dismissed per...

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