• High school juniors facing writing tests

    by  • July 5, 2013

    Illinois high school juniors will be tested on writing skills for the first time in years during standardized tests next spring. But lawmakers haven’t given the State Board of Education extra money to pay for the 30-minute essay test. Board officials tell the Associated Press they’ve been given the same $27 million to spend...

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    Large property auction to be held in MetroEast

    by  • July 5, 2013

    An auction in St. Clair County will include homes, land and mobile homes with delinquent real estate taxes. County officials say 523 properties and 87 mobile homes will be auctioned July 24 and 25 at the courthouse in Belleville. Officials say they hope that selling the abandoned properties will improve the appearance of neighborhoods...

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    Police warn about hot car dangers

    by  • July 5, 2013

    Summer has officially arrived and with the rise in temperatures, the Illinois State Police are encouraging people to be mindful of children and pets in vehicles. Nationally, vehicular heat stroke took the lives of 32 children in 2012. There has already been one such death in the East Saint Louis area this summer. As...

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    Man sentenced to 12 years for child sex assault

    by  • July 5, 2013

    According to Jefferson County State’s Attorney Doug Hoffman, 26-year old Michael C. Bratcher pleaded guilty to predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and was sentenced to serve 12 years in prison, followed by parole of 3 years to life. He must serve at least 85 percent or just over 9 years of his...

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    Illinois economy shows strongest indicators in years

    by  • July 5, 2013

    A monthly measure of Illinois’ economy is the highest it has been in six years. The Flash Index, put out by the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs, reads 106.3 for June. It’s a weighted average of personal income, consumer spending, and corporate earnings; 100 is the break-even point between economic...

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