• Court sets arguments in Ill. concealed-carry case

    by  • August 27, 2013

    A federal appeals court will hear arguments Oct. 3 over a push by gun rights advocates to let Illinois residents immediately tote firearms in public under the state’s fledgling concealed-carry law. Mary Shepard and the Illinois State Rifle Association want the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to intervene after failing to sway...

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    Madigan pension fix would save less than estimated

    by  • August 27, 2013

    The estimated savings on a pension proposal backed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan earlier this year is nearly $25 billion less than originally thought. That’s because the Teachers Retirement System — one of Illinois’ five pension systems — says it made a mistake in its calculations. The change was outlined in a Monday...

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    Cover crop project aims to improve water quality and increase crop yields

    by  • August 27, 2013

    Governor Pat Quinn has announced the start of a three-year demonstration project by the Illinois Department of Agriculture to encourage the planting of environmentally-beneficial cover crops. The initiative’s goal is to improve water quality in Illinois lakes and streams by reducing soil erosion and nutrient run-off from farm fields. Cover crops are plants seeded...

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    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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