• Police groups question marijuana test

    by  • May 8, 2013 • 0 Comments

    lllinois law enforcement organizations say motorist safeguards in pending medical marijuana legislation are not strict enough as the measure heads for a Senate vote. John Kennedy of Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police says police should be able to test blood and urine of motorists suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana. The...

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    Centralia no parking zone going into effect

    by  • May 8, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Starting Tuesday, May 14, 2013, the City of Centralia will begin enforcing a no parking zone on East Broadway from Lincoln Boulevard to Noleman Street, per a Municipal Ordinance 013-02 that was passed Jan. 14, 2013, by the Centralia City Council. Per the ordinance, both sides of East Broadway are declared a “No Parking...

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    Pederson gets 20 years for Mt. Vernon carjackings

    by  • May 8, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The Iowa man involved in the carjackings in Mount Vernon earlier this year has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.    According to Jefferson County State’s Attorney, Doug Hoffman, 55-year old David J. Pederson pleaded guilty in Jefferson County Court to two counts of aggravated vehicular hijacking and was sentenced to serve two...

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    Madigan pushes for teacher cost shifting

    by  • May 8, 2013 • 0 Comments

    House Speaker Michael Madigan is moving forward with a plan to require local school districts to pay their share of teacher pensions. Currently the state covers pension payments for teachers in suburban Chicago and downstate Illinois. Madigan says it’s a “free lunch” for those districts. He says the practice has exacerbated Illinois’ nearly $100...

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    Menard guard arrested on felony contraband charge

    by  • May 7, 2013 • 0 Comments

    According to the Randolph County State’s Attorney’s office, Charles Ray McClard, a corrections officer at the maximum-security Menard Correctional Center, was arrested and charged Monday with bringing contraband into a penal institution by an employee, a Class 2 felony. The charge claims McClard brought a cell phone into the prison for an inmate and...

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