• Marion County approves Jefferson County joining ROE

    by  • June 12, 2013

    The Marion County Board last night approved a request from the Jefferson County Regional Office of Education to consolidate with Regional Office 13. Currently ROE 13 consists of Marion, Clinton and Washington counties. Consolidation would add Jefferson County. State legislation that goes into effect in July 2015 mandates that the number of regional offices...

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    Bar owner suing Junction City

    by  • June 12, 2013

    A local bar owner has filed suit in federal court against the Village of Junction City, its former mayor and its police officers, and seeks more than $100,000 in damages and expenses. William Joe Blunt, owner of the Hideout in Junction City, alleges among other things that the defendants worked to drive him out...

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    Mother and caretaker charged with murder of autistic boy

    by  • June 12, 2013

    Prosecutors say a suburban Chicago mother and caretaker planned for more a week to kill a 14-year-old boy with severe autism. A Cook County judge denied bond Wednesday for 50-year-old mother Dorothy Spourdalakis and 40-year-old caretaker Jolanta Skrodzka. Both women are charged with first-degree murder. Authorities say 14-year-old Alex Spourdalakis was stabbed numerous times...

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    Knife weilding man robs nursing home

    by  • June 12, 2013

    Authorities in Union County are trying to locate a man they say used a knife to rob a nursing home of drugs. The holdup took place Monday morning at the Jonesboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. The man fled after stealing drugs from a storage area. No one was hurt in the robbery.  

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    Women still earn less than male counterparts

    by  • June 12, 2013

    Professional women in Illinois make about $11,500 less than their male counterparts. That’s according to Congresswoman Robin Kelly, who’s backing a plan designed to close the pay gap between men and women. It’s been 50 years since the equal pay act went into effect and though there have been significant strides, Kelly says things...

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    AG weighs in on pension crisis

    by  • June 12, 2013

    Illinois’ attorney general is weighing in on the pension crisis. Attorney General Lisa Madigan says it benefits no one for lawmakers to remain at a stalemate over public pension reform. “It inures to nobody’s benefit whatsoever for the pension crisis to continue in the state of Illinois,” Madigan said. Madigan says if the pension...

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