• Former Ill. judge agrees to law license suspension

    by  • July 29, 2013

    (AP) — A southwestern Illinois judge who resigned after being accused of federal gun and drug charges has agreed to have his law license suspended. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the Illinois Supreme Court this month approved of the action against former St. Clair County Circuit Judge Michael Cook. He was involved in a...

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    Area seeing an unusual number of heroin overdoses

    by  • July 29, 2013

    Local law enforcement is investigating a number of heroin overdoses that have taken place in the last week, with one resulting in a fatality. According to Marion County Sheriff Jerry DeVore, his department is investigating a series of overdoses in which the subjects were fortunately revived with injections of Narcan to the heart. DeVore...

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    Three arrested in Centralia on forgery charges

    by  • July 29, 2013

    Three people are being held in the Marion County Jail on multiple charges of forgery, after an employee of the Public Aid Office in Centralia reported her checkbook stolen. Centralia police arrested 23-year-old Tankeshia Branch and 21-year-old Casey McChristian, both of Centralia, on six and four counts respectively of forgery, while a third person,...

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    Choate facing decerification

    by  • July 29, 2013

    A state-run mental health facility in southern Illinois could lose federal funding after regulators said workers failed to keep two patients from harming themselves. The Clyde L. Choate mental health and development center in Anna came under fire earlier this month after investigators said employees didn’t keep two developmentally disabled women from eating items...

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    Judge tosses bid for hastened Ill. concealed carry

    by  • July 29, 2013

    (AP) — A federal judge is rejecting a legal bid by gun-rights advocates who wanted people to be able to immediately carry firearms in Illinois under the state’s new concealed carry law. East St. Louis U.S. District Judge William Stiehl threw out the lawsuit filed by Mary Shepard and the Illinois State Rifle Association,...

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    Ill. enacts online voter registration

    by  • July 29, 2013

    Illinois is now the 18th state to allow online voter registration. Supporters hope the new system will increase the number of people registering while cutting the administrative costs of processing registrations on paper. Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Saturday that makes the necessary changes to Illinois’ election code. Quinn endorsed the idea in this...

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