• Lawmaker seeks to eliminate education board funding

    by  • September 30, 2013

    A state lawmaker has a proposal for state education officials who want more money for alternative schools: get another job. State Rep. Dan Brady (R-Bloomington) wants to eliminate funding for the Illinois State Board of Education and the state superintendent of schools office. Brady says that with (local) superintendents and regional offices of education,...

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    ISP struggles with backlog of FOID card applications

    by  • September 30, 2013

    The Illinois State Police continues to struggle with a backlog of applications for gun ownership. So it remains to be seen how they can handle an influx of requests for permits to carry concealed weapons. The department has 49,000 applications for firearm owners identification cards (FOID) awaiting approval. A new law allows the carrying...

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    Man pleads guilty to escape from Marion federal prison

    by  • September 30, 2013

    A 75-year old Indiana man, Donald E. Bruce, of Elberfeld, pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Benton on an indictment charging him with escaping from the federal prison camp at Marion, 13 years ago, according Stephen R. Wigginton, United States attorney for the southern district of Illinois. The indictment, returned by a...

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    Wanted man from standoff captured in Harrisburg

    by  • September 30, 2013

    Authorities in southeastern Illinois have arrested a 39-year-old man wanted after escaping from a standoff from late last week in Gallatin County. Brian Potts was taken into custody around 6 yesterday morning at a home outside of Harrisburg. Potts had been on the run since last Thursday when he was holed up in an...

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    Body of missing southern Illinois woman found

    by  • September 30, 2013

    Authorities in southern Illinois’ Hamilton County say the body of a 43-year-old woman has been found days after she went missing. Coroner Ronald Ewald says an autopsy was planned for Monday on Susan Dunlap’s body. She was found Sunday in a wooded area near McLeansboro, not far from her home. Dunlap was last seen...

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    Ex-IDOC employee gets 21 months for embezzlement

    by  • September 30, 2013

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A former Illinois Department of Corrections accounting employee will serve 21 months in federal prison after admitting to embezzling more than $50,000 from a fund meant to benefit prison workers killed in the line of duty. U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough (MYE’-erz-kauf) sentenced 47-year-old Mary Ann Bohlen on Monday. Myerscough...

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