• Justice: Comply with law on mental health, guns

    by  • May 10, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The Illinois Supreme Court’s Chief Justice has instructed lower-court judges to notify state police when they deem anyone mentally unsound. Thomas Kilbride raised the matter in a memorandum this week. The Associated Press obtained a copy Thursday from the office of state Sen. Dan Kotowski. It comes as a U.S. Court’s June 9 deadline...

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    Political disclosure bill passes senate

    by  • May 10, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The Illinois senate is approving tighter rules for disclosure of public officials’ economic interests. Park Ridge Democratic Sen. Dan Kotowski’s plan passed 52-1 on Thursday. It’s an initiative of Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon and now moves to the house. It would require tens of thousands of public servants who file economic-interest statements annually to...

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    Expanding Medicaid could help 13,000 Illinois vets

    by  • May 10, 2013 • 0 Comments

    More than 40,000 uninsured military veterans in Illinois could have new access to coverage under the national health overhaul law. That’s according to a new online tool from the Chicago group Health and Disability Advocates. The group plans to launch the Visualizing Health Care Reform website publicly Friday and allowed The Associated Press to...

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    Congressman calls for expanded Pell grants

    by  • May 10, 2013 • 0 Comments

    An Illinois congressman wants to make an adjustment to Pell grants. Pell grants are for college students.Three years ago, the rules changed. “Pell grants are no longer available for use during the summer semester, if the student went to school full-time in the fall and in the spring,” said U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-East...

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    DCFS reminds parents of water safety for children

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    As summer approaches, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is reminding parents and caregivers to supervise children when they are near water. Dave Clarkin, DCFS spokesman, says drowning is the leading cause of unintentional deaths for children ages 1 through 4 in the U.S., claiming the lives of 21 Illinois children last...

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    Discharge hearing scheduled in Newcomb murder case

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    A Centralia murder case in which the defendant has been deemed unfit to stand trial has a discharge hearing date. Christopher K. Newcomb is charged in the June 2011 stabbing death of businessman Frank Augustine at Augustine’s Fotoz store in Centralia and with the non-fatal stabbing of his landlady Kathryn Beard. Newcomb’s hearing will...

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