• IDOC administrators retire with sweetened pensions

    by  • May 1, 2013

    According to reports, today Illinois Department of Corrections Executive Chief Jerry Buscher joins the ranks of three other top IDOC administrators who preceded him in retirement earlier this year. In addition to Buscher, former Deputy Chief of Operations Kevin Gilson; Chief of Staff Luke Hartigan and Chief of Investigations and Intelligence Larry Beck have...

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    More schools receiving bomb threats

    by  • May 1, 2013

    After bomb threats turned up at schools in Salem and at Zeigler-Royalton recently, police are looking into other alleged, this time at schools in Campbell Hill and Murphysboro. Reports indicate a note said a bomb was to be set off Wednesday at Trico High School in Campbell Hill. The building was evacuated and no...

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    House and Senate offer differing pension solutions

    by  • May 1, 2013

    Illinois house speaker Michael Madigan is proposing a comprehensive pension-reform package that caps the salary on which a pension can be based and limits annual cost-of-living increases. The Chicago democrat filed an amendment Tuesday to legislation that got senate approval last month. Madigan plans a house committee hearing Wednesday. The plan tweaks ideas proposed...

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    Centralia prepares for May Fete

    by  • May 1, 2013

    Well it’s May first and in Centralia that means one thing, May Fete celebrations are upon us. After 101 years, the annual celebration will be held at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Centralia High School gym, and again at 8 p.m. Friday in the gym. The May Fete king and queen are Dyman Sodsaikitch...

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    Three more arrested in Boston bombing

    by  • May 1, 2013

    In breaking news this afternoon, the Boston Globe is reporting police have taken three more suspects into custody in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing, the department said in a brief item posted Wednesday on its Twitter account. The police department emphasized that “there is no threat to public safety.” Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, has...

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    Mt. Vernon school buses collide; seven children injured

    by  • April 30, 2013

    According tot he Mount Vernon Police Department, at 3:32 p.m. they, along with Mt Vernon Fire Department and Litton’s Ambulance responded to a report of a traffic accident at 18th and Casey involving two school buses. Initial reports indicate the buses were in the process of departing from Casey Junior High when the driver...

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