• SIDES to fight fraud, protect taxpayers, save money

    by  • July 15, 2013

    A new internet exchange will make it easier and more efficient to protest unemployment insurance claims, identify potential fraud and protect the money used to pay unemployment benefits, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said today. The State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) allows employers to protest unemployment claims using a secured website...

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    Grant allows Centralia library to update youth department

    by  • July 15, 2013

    The Centralia Regional Library District will now be able to update its youth department, using a $16,475 grant from the Monsanto Fund. The Monsanto Fund strives to meet critical needs in communities in a number of ways including investing in K-12 education, projects focused on hunger, nutrition and first responders. The Centralia Public Library...

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    by  • July 15, 2013

    Republican state Sen. Kirk Dillard is set to announce his 2014 gubernatorial bid. On Monday, the former chief of staff to Gov. Jim Edgar will begin a two-day statewide fly-around. Dillard lost in the 2010 GOP gubernatorial primary by only 193 votes. But he contends this time he’s the republican who can win the...

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    Man with local ties recommended for federal bench

    by  • July 12, 2013

    Senator Dick Durbin says he has recommended to President Barack Obama five candidates for any vacant federal judgeships in southern Illinois. The democratic senator from Illinois says the selections were made by a bipartisan screening panel he commissioned, and it’s Obama‚Äôs call on nominating anyone for senate consideration. Durbin’s recommendations include Benton federal prosecutor...

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    Two arrested in Salem motel for synthetic drugs

    by  • July 12, 2013

    Two people are in the Marion County Jail after being arrested at a Salem motel for allegedly possessing a large amount of synthetic cannabis. According to Salem Police Chief Ron Campo, early Thursday morning his officers executed a search warrant on a room at the Comfort Inn, where they arrested 19-year-old Josie Mann, of...

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