• Centralia man sentenced to 7 years for home invasion

    by  • October 29, 2014

    SALEM — A 21-year-old Centralia man was sentenced today in Marion County court to 7-years in prison, after he pleaded guilty to felony home invasion. Briton McCray had been held in the Marion County jail since his July arrest, with bail set at $250,000 after he entered a Central City home through a window,...

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    Officials: Illinois chosen for $1.4B Cronus Chemicals plant

    by  • October 28, 2014

    CHAMPAIGN (AP) — The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has confirmed that a chemical company has decided to build a $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in eastern Illinois. Department spokesman David Roeder said Tuesday that Cronus Chemicals will build the plant just outside Tuscola. The plant will employ about 175 people. Another 2,000...

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    Woman accused in Ware boy’s death goes to trial

    by  • October 28, 2014

    WARE (AP) — A trial has begun for a Union County woman accused of killing her boyfriend’s 4-year-old son nearly three years ago. Police say Sacha Brown is responsible for the skull fracture that led to Justin Hepburn’s death. They say she tried to make it look like an accident by covering the Ware...

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    Murphysboro man sentenced to 27 years in child porn case

    by  • October 28, 2014

    MURPHYSBORO — A 48-year-old Murphysboro man has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for child pornography. Richard J. Taylor was sentenced Tuesday in Jackson County court. Taylor was arrested in July after an investigation by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. Agents said they found several videos on Taylor’s computer that showed the sexual...

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