• 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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    Illinois motorcycle fatalities climb 13 percent

    by  • June 17, 2013

    State figures show fatal motorcycle accidents are up 13 percent in Illinois. The State Journal-Register reports there were 131 motorcycle fatalities in 2010. That figure rose to 148 accidents in 2012. Illinois State Police told the paper it’s hard to find a single reason for the increase, especially since overall motorcycle collisions are declining....

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    Program pushes for more local produce

    by  • June 17, 2013

    Governor pat Quinn wants Illinois residents to buy fruits and vegetables that are produced in-state. The Chicago democrat announced over the weekend a new “Where Fresh Is” campaign. The campaign is aimed at promoting the purchase of Illinois-grown food. It will provide 200 grocery stores and 100 farmers markets with stickers to place on...

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