• Fire breaks out in shuttered prison

    by  • July 25, 2013

    A long-closed state prison in Joliet that’s been featured in TV shows and movies was damaged overnight in a fire. Tom Shaer is the director of communications for the Illinois Department of Corrections. He says the fire at the Joliet prison began around 3:15 a.m. Thursday and is now extinguished. The blaze was contained...

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    Unions call for investigation into civic committee

    by  • July 25, 2013

    Unions are calling for an investigation into whether business leaders tried to persuade credit agencies to lower Illinois’ bond rating. Ty Fahner, president of the civic committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, gave a speech in march in which he said members of the group spoke with bond rating agencies about lowering state’s...

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    Experts warn of growing tick population

    by  • July 25, 2013

    Bug experts say they’re seeing an increase in the number of ticks crawling around Illinois this summer. Several species of the blood-sucking bugs are found in the state, but entomologists tell the Belleville News-Democrat that they’ve seen a particular rise in the American dog tick this year. The species can host the rocky mountain...

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    Odin man draws 5-year sentence for battering child

    by  • July 25, 2013

    A 35-year-old rural Odin man was sentenced Wednesday in Marion County Court to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for aggravated battery to a 5-year-old child. Charles A. Royal had pleaded guilty May 22, to the felony charge of aggravated battery to a child. Marion County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Royal in October...

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    Chicago lawmaker takes active interest in Murray Center

    by  • July 25, 2013

    A state representative from Chicago has taken an interest in what’s happening at the Murray Center in Centralia, saying he will continue to monitor the residential facility. Greg Harris, a Chicago democrat, reached out yesterday to Withers Broadcasting regarding Murray. As chairman of the House Human Services Appropriations Committee, Harris says he has asked...

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    White presents $1.9 mil in grants to Centralia library

    by  • July 25, 2013

    Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White was in Centralia Thursday afternoon at the Carnegie Library to present awards of $1.9 million in a public library constitution act grant, $4,500 in a back to books grant and $12,500 in a project next generation grant to the library district. White was joined by Centralia...

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