• U.S. Atty charges 15 with medicaid fraud

    by  • July 12, 2013

    Fifteen people in southern Illinois have been charged in 12 separate federal indictments for health care program fraud. According to Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, the charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and up to 3 years of supervised release. Some of...

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    Centralia issues road work schedule

    by  • July 12, 2013

    The City of Centralia public works will be starting road work projects Monday, weather permitting. No parking will be allowed on these streets from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cars will be towed. The city is asking that all vehicles be moved away from the street. Starting on Monday, work will begin on E....

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    Quinn continues pension rhetoric

    by  • July 12, 2013

    The governor is still applying rhetorical heat to lawmakers over the pension issue. Gov. Pat Quinn is sticking with the no-pay-until-completion gambit. He says he thinks it’s important to keep the pressure on, and that the state needs a fundamental overhaul on the area of pension reform. He says until a bill gets on...

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    Luechtefeld and Bost to hold senior financial safety seminar

    by  • July 11, 2013

    State Sen. Dave Luechtefeld (R-Okawville) and State Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) are teaming with the Illinois Attorney General and Treasurer to present a free senior financial safety seminar in Mt. Vernon on July 18. Citizens will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Illinois Attorney General’s office and Treasurer’s office to learn...

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    Motorist killed after car hits tractor on highway

    by  • July 11, 2013

    (AP) — Authorities in southern Illinois’ Franklin County say a motorist died when his car hit an oncoming tractor, causing a chain-reaction wreck that injured two people. Coroner Marty Leffler says 50-year-old Lavern Johnson of McLeansboro died in the accident Wednesday on Illinois 14. Leffler says Johnson was eastbound when his vehicle hit the...

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