• Fracking measure back on table

    by  • May 16, 2013

    The fracking legislation that fell apart this spring has now been put back together. Politicians, industry, labor and some environmentalists announced fracking regulations in February, to regulate the process of using high-pressure water, sand and chemicals to crack rock and release oil and natural gas. The deal fell apart over the concern by Operating...

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    Measure would cut inmates from local census numbers

    by  • May 16, 2013

    A controversial measure that would change how the U.S. Census counts Illinois prison inmates is advancing in Springfield. The census counts Illinois’ prison inmates as residents of the town the prison is in, not the town they came from. That population can affect a region’s eligibility for government money. State House members narrowly approved...

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    Two cited in Salem for selling tobacco to minors

    by  • May 16, 2013

    The Salem Police Department announces the recent results of the City of Salem tobacco compliance checks. These compliance checks are performed to determine if local tobacco retailers are complying with state and local minimum-age tobacco laws, which prohibit the sale of tobacco to minors. With the help from a grant awarded by the Illinois...

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    Crime Stoppers offers reward for information

    by  • May 16, 2013

    Jefferson County Crime Stoppers needs the public’s help in finding the person or persons responsible for over 33 burglaries. The burglaries have happened since November of 2012. There have been 33 burglaries reported – 17 in the City of Mt. Vernon and 16 in Jefferson County. Jefferson County Crime Stoppers is offering a $500...

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    Lawmakers angry with road fund spending

    by  • May 16, 2013

    Local lawmakers are angry with the results of a recent audit showing that only a fraction of money from the state’s road fund is being used for things other than road construction. Republican State Representatives Charlie Meier, of Okawville, and Mike Bost, of Murphysboro, both voiced frustration yesterday, when the audit revealed only about...

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    Police seek third suspect in Centralia burglaries

    by  • May 15, 2013

    Centralia police have arrested two men and are looking for a third in connection with two daytime residential burglaries. Police believe the three suspects are responsible for a large number of other burglaries.   Nicolas Easley, 26, of Kinmundy, is being held in connection with at least two burglaries, while 21-year-old Ryan Jacklin, of...

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