• Ill. teen killed day of protection hearing

    by  • June 28, 2013

    A teenage girl found dead in her ex-boyfriend’s southwestern Illinois home apparently was killed the same day she was to appear with him for a court hearing on a protection order issued against him on her behalf. Investigators say the body of 17-year-old Erin Schneider was found shortly after noon Thursday in a Columbia...

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    Prosecutors ask to seize Jesse Jackson Jr.’s homes

    by  • June 28, 2013

    (AP) — Federal prosecutors want the government to seize the homes of former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi. Prosecutors filed a motion in U.S. District Court Friday asking a judge to order Jackson to forfeit homes in Chicago and Washington, D.C. They also asked for the seizure of a retirement account...

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    Quinn signs legislation to fund education for 2014

    by  • June 27, 2013

    (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed three bills to fund education in the state for the next fiscal year, and he used it as another opportunity to push pension reform. Quinn’s office announced the bill signing Thursday in a statement that noted “current funding for education is only at 89 percent of...

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    Fire kills 3 in Jacksonville mobile home

    by  • June 27, 2013

    (AP) — Authorities say a fire at a mobile home in Jacksonville has killed three people. Two of the dead are children younger than 10. Morgan County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mike Carmody told the Jacksonville Courier-Journal that fire started sometime around 1 a.m. Thursday. Jacksonville is about 30 miles west of Springfield. The...

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    Okawville celebrates 175th birthday this weekend

    by  • June 27, 2013

    An Illinois town is celebrating 175 years of existence. The town is Okawville, which was found in 1838 as Bridgeport. The name was changed to Okawville by German immigrants in the 1870s. There’s a celebration of 175 years taking place this weekend. “It’s nothing too historical, to be honest,” says Molly Ronsick of the...

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