• Robbery at Okawville Bank

    by  • May 15, 2013

    Bank-Robbery

    First National Bank in Okawville was robbed earlier this morning at 8:30. Following a p0lice chase down interstate 64 and speeds reached 80 mph, the suspect in a black two door vehicle, crossed the median and was apprehended at gun point. Police are still working the scene; we will have more details as they...

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    Downstate school funding unfairness prompts Senate action

    by  • May 14, 2013

    The Illinois Senate took action Tuesday to start addressing the funding inequities between Chicago and downstate and suburban schools and while State Senator Kyle McCarter supports the action, he also encouraged colleagues not to wait to act.  The Senate adopted Senate Joint Resolution 32 to set up a joint Senate and House Advisory Committee...

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    City crews strike gas line, Centralia homes evacuated

    by  • May 14, 2013

    An incorrectly marked gas line resulted in multiple Centralia homes being evacuated late Tuesday morning, after city crews accidentally struck a natural gas line while excavating with a back hoe. The Centralia Fire Department reports six homes near the intersection of Rexford and North College streets were evacuated just before 11:30 Tuesday morning, as...

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    Area companies expanding, creating new jobs

    by  • May 14, 2013

    Gov. Pat Quinn announced the expansion today of two southern Illinois companies, one in Sauget and one in Belleville. FedEx Corp. is building a $23.5 million ground distribution facility in Sauget that will process 10,000 packages an hour once fully operational. Quinn’s office says the FedEx Ground facility will support 25 full-time jobs and...

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    Teacher’s Aide accused of sexual abuse of students

    by  • May 14, 2013

    A teacher’s aide is charged with aggravated sexual abuse and the sexual transmission of HIV in connection with the alleged molestation of several boys at Cahokia High School. Authorities say 35-year-old Mario Hunt was charged Monday for the alleged acts, most of which allegedly took place in 2011. Cahokia Police Chief James Jones says...

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    Benefits certification number changing

    by  • May 14, 2013

    The telephone number for unemployment benefits certification will change Thursday to 312-338-4337. The current number will be in use through the end of the day Wednesday, although internet certification remains the preferred method for certification. Workers eligible for unemployment insurance must contact the Illinois Department of Employment Security every two weeks to confirm they...

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