• Man pleads to escape in federal court

    by  • July 16, 2013

    An inmate at the federal prison in Marion who car jacked twice in Mount Vernon earlier this year pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Benton to an indictment charging him with escaping from custody while on an unescorted transfer between that facility and one in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The indictment, returned by...

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    BREAKING: Madigan to seek re-election, not run for governor

    by  • July 15, 2013

    Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she’ll seek another term instead of running for Illinois governor next year. In a Monday statement the Chicago Democrat says she’s been considering the decision for months but that she enjoys her current job. She says she considered the gubernatorial run because of the “need for effective management” and...

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    GED requirements changing in 2014

    by  • July 15, 2013

    The Adult Education and Literacy Department at Kaskaskia College is reminding current and prospective GED students that the current GED testing will expire at the end of 2013, along with any accumulated scores. There will be a new test beginning in January 2014. The KC adult education and literacy department is conducting preparatory classes...

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    Downstate dems looking for candidate options

    by  • July 15, 2013

    Gov. Pat Quinn was accused of “pandering” to Chicago voters as he unveiled his hefty changes to Illinois’ concealed carry rules. He promoted his plan with stops at a Chicago neighborhood church, community center, even Wrigley field. But that focused attention on Chicago has only fueled long-standing grievances about living under Chicago governors whose...

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    Changes could be coming for concealed carry

    by  • July 15, 2013

    After a year that saw much time devoted to the passage of gun legislation, it’s easy to imagine that next year will include more of the same. As the Illinois General Assembly finalized its concealed-carry bill by overriding the governor’s veto, work was already under way to change it.  A last-minute trailer bill that...

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