• Quinn ready to call special session

    by  • June 5, 2013

    Gov. Pat Quinn says he’s prepared to call a special session on pensions but Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan have to set aside their differences on the issue. Madigan and Cullerton had dueling plans to fix the nearly $100 billion pension crisis. But the house-backed plan failed in the senate...

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    Court extends deadline for Ill. conceal carry

    by  • June 5, 2013

    The Illinois attorney general’s office says the federal appellate court has given the state an extra 30 days to lift its ban on concealed weapons. The court on Tuesday granted Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s request to allow Gov. Pat Quinn more time to review legislation passed last week. However, on issuing its ruling, the...

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    Iuka man gets 7 years for child molestation

    by  • June 5, 2013

    A 21-year-old Iuka man was sentenced yesterday in Marion County court to seven years in prison, after he pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl. Dustin Phillips was arrested in March and bail was set at half-a-million dollars. He has remained in custody with the intent of standing trial later this month. However,...

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    GOP’s Rauner announces he’s running for governor

    by  • June 5, 2013

    Republican venture capitalist Bruce Rauner says he’s running for Illinois governor in 2014. In a video posted on his website, Rauner says Illinois is in a financial mess. He says the state needs a political outsider to fix things. Rauner will face state Treasurer Dan Rutherford in the GOP primary. Rutherford was the first...

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    Quinn signs legislation to pay off overdue bills

    by  • June 5, 2013

    (AP) — More than $1 billion of the state’s overdue bills are being paid off. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday signed legislation that pays down the bill backlog of a number of social service providers. The Community Care Program will receive $142 million. The governor’s office says another $235 million will go to...

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    Probation worker gets, posts bail in drug case

    by  • June 4, 2013

    (AP) — A southwestern Illinois probation officer is free on bail in a drug case involving one judge who died of a cocaine overdose and another who’s accused of possessing heroin. A judge rejected federal prosecutor James Porter’s request that James Fogarty of Belleville remain jailed without bond as a possible flight risk. Fogarty...

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