• Records show violence up at Menard prison in 2013

    by  • June 3, 2013

    (AP) — Illinois Department of Corrections records show an increased number of serious assaults at the Menard Correctional Center this year. Twenty serious assaults were reported by May 29, an average of four a month, The Southern Illinoisan reported Sunday. The maximum-security prison in Chester in southwest Illinois had 30 in all of 2012,...

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    Illinois Senate defeats ammunition limit

    by  • May 31, 2013

    (AP) — A plan to limit high-capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois has failed in the Senate. Senators voted 28-31 Friday. The legislation would have banned magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. Gov. Pat Quinn, Senate President John Cullerton and bill sponsor Sen. Dan Kotowski (kuh-TOW’-skeez) lobbied for the bill with parents of children...

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    Guilty plea gets Breese man 15 year prison sentence

    by  • May 31, 2013

    A 26-year-old Breese man has pleaded guilty to child molestation charges. Gilberto Santiago Rodriguez accepted a plea agreement shortly before yesterday’s scheduled final pre-trial hearing. In exchange for pleading guilty to one count of Class X felony predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13, Rodriguez was sentenced to 15...

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    Marion County celebrates first Drug Court graduation

    by  • May 31, 2013

    In celebration of “National Drug Court Month,” the Marion County Drug Court held its first graduation ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday at the Marion County Courthouse. According to a press release from Judge Michael McHaney, who oversees the Marion County Drug Court program, the ceremony marks participants’ completion of an intensive program of comprehensive...

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    Former prison guard charged with gun trafficking

    by  • May 31, 2013

    A former Illinois prison guard is being held for allegedly selling five assault rifles and other guns to a known convicted felon. Dwayne Meeks was arrested by FBI agents after an undercover sting during which a former Illinois prison inmate posed as a gun trafficker. Authorities say Meeks met the buyer when the individual...

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