• Comptroller calls Quinn’s veto “blackmail”

    by  • July 25, 2013

    Gov. Pat Quinn says state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is following the Illinois Constitution by not issuing paychecks to state lawmakers. Quinn put out a statement Thursday after Topinka said she has no choice but to withhold the paychecks. Topinka’s office reviewed Quinn’s decision to cut state legislator’s paychecks from a budget bill earlier...

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    Man arrested for killing cats with a hatchet

    by  • July 25, 2013

    A southern Illinois man was taken into custody on Monday after being accused of killing cats with a hatchet. Robert T. Cummins, 40, who was living in Du Quoin, and is from Franklin County, was charged with two counts of felony animal torture and possession of a handgun by a felon. Authorities say the...

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    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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