• Madigan issues opinion on seating a new Comptroller

    by  • December 15, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the death of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka leaves essentially two vacancies that should first be filled by outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn and then Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner. But she says voters should also get a chance to cast ballots for the office in 2016. Topinka died last...

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    Water testing to begin near “fracking” well sites

    by  • December 15, 2014

    Oil and gas companies can begin contacting landowners near well sites where hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, may occur, regarding water quality testing required by the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act. The Illinois Farm Bureau is reminding landowners of their rights provided by the act regarding water quality testing. If a landowner does not wish to...

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    Patoka in dire need of EMT volunteers

    by  • December 15, 2014

    PATOKA — The Patoka Ambulance Service is in dire need of help. The volunteer department needs EMT Basics to run emergency calls. The basic requirements are a State of Illinois EMT license and valid drivers license. You should be willing to dedicate some of your time to responding to emergency calls and participating in...

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    Shop with a Cop program helps local children and families

    by  • December 15, 2014

    CENTRALIA — The 2014 Shop with a Cop was a success in Centralia over the weekend. Centralia Police, Wamac Police, Marion County Sheriffs Office and their families shopped for 140 kids Saturday, spending nearly $14,000. And Monicals Pizza fed the group afterwards. On Wednesday night, youth from the Mt. Vernon/Jefferson County area got a...

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    Three vehicle crash leaves two drivers dead

    by  • December 15, 2014

    FRANKLIN COUNTY — Two people are dead after a three-vehicle crash on Highway 37. Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says two cars collided head on Highway 37 just north of Yellowbanks Road in rural Benton. Each car had only the driver. Nicholas Lee Doyle, 23, of Benton was pronouced dead at the scene, the other...

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