• Illinois must adopt ‘fracking’ rules, hire experts

    by  • June 3, 2013 • 0 Comments

    High-volume oil and gas extraction probably won’t begin in earnest in Illinois until next year, even though a bill establishing the nation’s toughest regulations sailed through the Legislature. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources first must adopt rules to mirror the regulations and hire dozens of new engineers, inspectors, lawyers and other experts. Industry...

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    Fitch downgrades Illinois credit rating

    by  • June 3, 2013 • 0 Comments

    One of the three major ratings agencies has downgraded the value of Illinois state government credit. Fitch Ratings said Monday it would drop the Illinois rating from “A” to “A-” based on lawmakers’ failure to enact a solution to the state’s public-employee pension crisis. Illinois already has the lowest rating in the nation. Lower...

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    Evaluation ordered for man accused in deadly fire

    by  • June 3, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A southern Illinois judge has ordered a mental evaluation of a man accused of setting a house fire that killed four children. The mental fitness examination for 33-year-old Derrick Twardoski was requested Monday by James Kelley, his Randolph County public defender. A hearing on the testing’s outcome is scheduled for June 20. Twardoski has...

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