• Senate committee passes union-backed pension plan

    by  • May 8, 2013

    A Senate committee has approved a union-backed approach for addressing Illinois’ nearly $100 billion pension crisis. The Senate Executive Committee voted 10-5 Wednesday to send the proposal to the Senate floor. It could get a floor vote Thursday. The measure gives workers and retirees a choice of benefit packages. For example, workers who want...

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    Police groups question marijuana test

    by  • May 8, 2013

    lllinois law enforcement organizations say motorist safeguards in pending medical marijuana legislation are not strict enough as the measure heads for a Senate vote. John Kennedy of Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police says police should be able to test blood and urine of motorists suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana. The...

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    Centralia no parking zone going into effect

    by  • May 8, 2013

    Starting Tuesday, May 14, 2013, the City of Centralia will begin enforcing a no parking zone on East Broadway from Lincoln Boulevard to Noleman Street, per a Municipal Ordinance 013-02 that was passed Jan. 14, 2013, by the Centralia City Council. Per the ordinance, both sides of East Broadway are declared a “No Parking...

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    Pederson gets 20 years for Mt. Vernon carjackings

    by  • May 8, 2013

    The Iowa man involved in the carjackings in Mount Vernon earlier this year has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.    According to Jefferson County State’s Attorney, Doug Hoffman, 55-year old David J. Pederson pleaded guilty in Jefferson County Court to two counts of aggravated vehicular hijacking and was sentenced to serve two...

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    CHS students participate in Tech 2013 demonstrations

    by  • May 8, 2013

    Centralia High School students Laura Boaster, Dip Patel and Chris Smith presented new classroom technology using “green screens” as part of tech 2013, an annual school technology showcase held at the state capitol. The seniors met with State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) and had the opportunity to show him how the green screen technology...

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