• Two Mt. Vernon businesses fail compliance checks

    by  • May 13, 2013

    Two Mount Vernon establishments find themselves in trouble with the law after an undercover compliance check. Amelia Ellis, 21, who is an employee of the Crossing Bar, and 69-year-old Clara Rutherford, an employee of the Hideout Bar in Mount Vernon, were found to be in violation of liquor laws after allegedly serving underage patrons....

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    Civic Federation calls for long-range finance plans

    by  • May 13, 2013

    A Chicago-based watchdog group says Illinois must have a long-range plan to address its shaky finances, including the nation’s worst pension problem. The Civic Federation released a report Monday that says it supports go. Pat Quinn’s proposed budget but that it’s only a “stopgap” measure. Civic federation president Laurence Msall says a long-range plan...

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    Man ordrered held without bond in fatal Percy fire

    by  • May 13, 2013

    Randolph County prosecutors charged Derrick Twardoski on Friday with four first-degree murder counts linked to the blaze early that day in Percy. State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker says he doesn’t consider the fire random, though he’s declined to detail what led investigators to Twardoski or any relationship he may have had with the victims. A...

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    More Illinoisans hungry

    by  • May 13, 2013

    The rate of “food hardship” in Illinois is up slightly. It was 17.6 percent last year – the percentage of people saying in a survey for the food research and action center that at some point, they couldn’t get the food they needed for themselves or their family. This is up from 17.5 percent...

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    Suspect killed, 2 arrested in shootout at bank

    by  • May 10, 2013

    A shootout between FBI agents and three suspects allegedly intending to rob a northern Illinois bank ended with the death of one suspect and the arrest of two others. The shootout occurred Friday outside an Associated Bank branch in Richmond, a small town near the Illinois-Wisconsin state line. Joan Hyde, a special agent in...

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