• Lawmaker says Murray residents being moved against their will

    by  • July 22, 2013

    According to state Representative Charlie Meier, an Okawville republican, he and fellow representative Naomi Jakobsson, a Champaign democrat, toured the Warren G. Murray Center in Centralia this weekend and left with some heartbreaking stories. Meier says residents repeatedly asked him and Jakobsson to help them stay at Murray, crying from the knowledge they would...

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    Federal auditors want Rockford stimulus repayment

    by  • July 22, 2013

    ROCKFORD — (AP) — Federal auditors are recommending that the city of Rockford repay more than $205,000 in federal stimulus money, claiming the funds were improperly documented. The Rockford Register Star reports that the U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s inspector general’s office reviewed how the city spent about $600,000 of $1.06 million that...

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    Luechtefeld offers guidance on conceal carry process

    by  • July 22, 2013

    OKAWVILLE — A local lawmaker is urging residents wanting to get more information about the state’s new concealed-carry law to visit a new Illinois state police website. Okawville senator Dave Luechtefeld says the website is at isp.state.il.us. When you get to the site, follow the “concealed carry” link on the sidebar to the right...

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    St. Mary’s Hospital Honored for Commitment to Quality

    by  • July 22, 2013

    CENTRALIA — St. Mary’s Hospital was one of four U.S. hospitals recognized for its leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety. The 2013 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize® was awarded to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, which will receive $75,000. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, which serves patients and...

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    Mortgage assistance program to end in September

    by  • July 22, 2013

    The state of Illinois is encouraging people who face possible loss of their homes through reductions in their incomes to apply for help through a soon-to-expire program. A news release from Gov. Pat Quinn’s office says the Illinois Hardest Hit Program will end Sept. 30. Through it people whose incomes have been cut can...

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    Quinn OKs new rules for tethering dogs outdoors

    by  • July 22, 2013

    CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law new rules for tethering a dog outside. Quinn says the legislation ensures dogs are treated humanely. The Illinois Democrat says dogs bring unconditional love and comfort to their owners’ lives and become “part of our families.” He says the new law makes sure “our...

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