• Illinois House GOP members push for fracking vote

    by  • April 30, 2013

    Minority Leader Tom Cross said Tuesday that the legislation would create tens of thousands of jobs and revenue. He says it should be acted on immediately. The plan to facilitate and regulate fracking has been negotiated by lawmakers and the industry. But it’s been held up in committee. Cross and Republican Rep. David Reis,...

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    Mt. Vernon man charged with sex abuse

    by  • April 30, 2013

    According to the Mt. Vernon police, a girl under the age of 13 was taken to a St. Louis area hospital over the weekend, the apparent victim of sexual abuse. Police say 26-year-old Michael C. Bratcher was arrested in connection with that incident, which allegedly took place Saturday. The girl was first taken to...

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    Schnucks customers urged to replace credit cards

    by  • April 30, 2013

    Schnucks customers are being urged to get a new debit or credit card if they used them at any one of their stores over the past few months.  Local banks are also recommending cardholders cancel their current card and order a new one.  Officials say nearly two-point-four-million customers at the Midwest grocery store chain...

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    Funeral set for family slain in central Illinois

    by  • April 30, 2013

    Funeral services are planned for the five people shot to death last week in the small central Illinois town of Manchester. Services are set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Daws Family Funeral Home in Roodhouse. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. James Roy Ralston and Brittney Luark, their...

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    AFSCME threatening to reject contract

    by  • April 30, 2013

    The state’s largest employee union is threatening to dump the contract it just approved. According to Kurt Erickson, with the Quad City Times, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union, which represents more than 35,000 prison guards, social service workers and child welfare employees, said it is considering a new vote...

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    Madigan proposes Illinois pension changes

    by  • April 30, 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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