• Good government group offers voter “Sound Off” app

    by  • September 19, 2013

    A new good-government organization is turning to the app to let people connect with their state lawmakers. Sound Off is the name of the “citizen activation tool” for Reboot Illinois. It lets you find out who your lawmaker is and automatically send him or her a message. The four legislative leaders and the governor...

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    Tri-County offering classroom empowerment grants

    by  • September 19, 2013

    Tri-County Electric Cooperative is offering eight Touchstone Energy Classroom Empowerment grants to teachers and schools. The grants are for projects that improve the learning environment or increases educational resources for the school. Administrators and teachers for Kindergarten through 12th grade at both public and private schools are eligible to apply. The application requests information...

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    DeRyke pleads not guilty to murder of niece

    by  • September 19, 2013

    A 22-year-old Effingham County man has pleaded not guilty to three counts first degree murder in the stabbing death of his 7-year-old niece Willow Long. Justin DeRyke entered the not guilty pleas this afternoon during a court appearance in Effingham County Court. Authorities allege DeRyke killed Willow late Sept. 7 or early Sept. 8...

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    State hires private company to provide Murray Center security

    by  • September 19, 2013

    The Illinois Department of Human Services is implementing a new uniform visitor policy for its seven state operated developmental centers; however, the policy is slightly different for the Warren G. Murray Center in Centralia, as a private security company has been hired as part of its new process. According to DHS spokeswoman Januari Smith,...

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    Man mistakenly released from jail captured

    by  • September 18, 2013

    CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man serving a 12-year sentence at Stateville Correctional Center who was mistakenly released Monday from Cook County Jail has been captured in Kane County. Cook County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cara Smith says 25-year-old Jeremiah Harris was captured Wednesday afternoon in Carpentersville without incident. Smith said investigators were given information that...

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    Court receives “message” from man indicted in niece’s stabbing death

    by  • September 18, 2013

    EFFINGHAM — A grand jury in southern Illinois has indicted a man on charges that he stabbed his 7-year-old niece to death. The indictment returned Wednesday by Effingham County grand jurors accuses 22-year-old Justin DeRyke of three counts of first-degree murder. The indictment replaces a criminal complaint bearing those charges against DeRyke earlier this...

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