• 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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    Madigan, Cullerton in court seeking action on pay

    by  • August 6, 2013

    Attorneys for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton will be in Cook County Circuit Court Tuesday to try and force Gov. Pat Quinn and comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to issue legislators’ pay checks. Last month, Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislators’ paychecks in the state budget. He’d threatened consequences if...

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    ISP saturation patrols coming to Marion County

    by  • August 6, 2013

    Captain Morrie Fraser, Illinois State Patrol District 12 commander, announced that the ISP will conduct alcohol countermeasure enforcement patrols in Marion County during the month of August. The A.C.E. patrols allow the ISP to target an area with saturation patrols that focus on preventing, detecting and taking enforcement action in response to violations associated...

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