• Bond County man gets 10 years in federal prison

    by  • June 18, 2013

    A 38-year-old Bond County man convicted of possession of child pornography was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison yesterday, according to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton. Daniel Allen Neer, formerly of Mulberry Grove, was ordered to serve the statutory maximum 10 year sentence consecutively to...

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    Colleges plan training for gas drilling jobs

    by  • June 18, 2013

    Two colleges in southern Illinois have announced a cooperative agreement to provide training in the emerging field of high-volume oil and gas drilling. Officials from Rend Lake College in Ina and Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg and announced the plan yesterday after Governor Pat Quinn signed a new law establishing rules companies must follow...

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    New trial for Illinois man after racial remarks

    by  • June 17, 2013

    (AP) — A black man from southern Illinois who was sentenced to 85 years in prison will get a new trial after his attorney complained about racial remarks made by the prosecutor. Williamson County State’s Attorney Charles Garnati in a court filing on Monday admitted to an error in his prosecution of Marcus Marshall....

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    Illinois toddler dies when car swept into creek

    by  • June 17, 2013

    (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old western Illinois boy is dead after flood waters swept his father’s car into a rain-swollen creek. Brown County Sheriff Karl Groesch says Malachi Phillip Smith died after the accident late Saturday night near Mount Sterling. The town is about 70 miles northwest of Springfield. The sheriff says Anthony...

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    Pension fight shows Democratic leader differences

    by  • June 17, 2013

    The democratic-controlled Illinois legislature is scheduled to address pensions again this week during a special session, but it’s unclear if a solution is in reach. Gov. Pat Quinn called lawmakers back to Springfield after the legislature adjourned last month without settling on a fix for the state’s $97 billion liability. The unfunded obligation to...

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