• Prosecutor: Feds probe southwestern Ill. judge

    by  • May 23, 2013 • 0 Comments

    (AP) — A southwestern Illinois judge’s docket of hundreds of cases has been reassigned after the county’s top prosecutor revealed that the judge is under federal investigation. St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelley didn’t detail the reason for the investigation. But he said he filed a complaint Thursday against Circuit Judge Michael Cook...

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    Quinn opposes House compromise guns bill

    by  • May 23, 2013 • 0 Comments

    (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn opposes the compromise gun-carry legislation that the Illinois House is readying for a floor vote on Friday. Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson says the legislation is “a massive overreach” because it would overturn all existing local gun laws on the books. Those include a Chicago ban on assault-style weapons....

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    Senate OKs ban on cell phones while driving

    by  • May 23, 2013 • 0 Comments

    (AP) — The Senate has approved a plan that would ban the use of cell phones while driving. Senators voted 34-20 Thursday, but the matter must go back to the House for consideration of an amendment that deals with ticketing. Gov. Pat Quinn’s spokeswoman says the Chicago Democrat will review the bill once it...

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    Ex-Adams Co. drug court head faces drug charges

    by  • May 23, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The former leader of a western Illinois county’s drug court is facing federal charges that he maintained a drug house. The Quincy Herald-Whig  reports 59-year-old John Grotts of Ursa made his first court appearance Wednesday on the federal charges that replace two state methamphetamine-related charges. The former head of the Adams County Drug Court...

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