• Chain reaction involves four in JC accident

    by  • May 30, 2013

    There was a four vehicle accident yesterday morning on Illinois Route 15 near North Sparrow Lane, between Woodlawn and Mount Vernon. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s report, it occurred at approximately 8:45 a.m. as three trucks and one car were traveling east, when a truck driven by 42-year old Karl S. Markham of...

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    Senate to address pension overhaul

    by  • May 30, 2013

    Senate President John Cullerton says senators will discuss pension overhauls today. The Chicago democrat said Wednesday there are several options they have to weigh. That includes considering three smaller bills that deal with retirement age, salary caps and cost-of-living increases. They could also take up a bill sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan that...

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    Senate balks at Quinn’s education budget

    by  • May 30, 2013

    The Illinois Senate has bucked the governor’s proposed education cuts in passing a pair of budget bills. The governor wanted to cut school transportation funding and to lower the amount of money going to schools. Doing so would have trimmed $300 million from the fiscal year 2014 budget. But senators balked at those cuts, approving...

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    Centralia man receives federal sentence

    by  • May 30, 2013

    The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced that 34-year old Jason T. Bayles of Centralia was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in East Saint Louis to more than eight years in federal prison for “possession of pseudoephedrine for the manufacture of methamphetamine.” Bayles pleaded guilty to that...

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    BREAKING: Murray closure temporarily halted

    by  • May 30, 2013

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    A federal court judge this morning approved a request for a temporary restraining order against the movement of any additional Murray center residents, effectively halting the closure of the center until further court proceedings can be held. U.S. District Judge Marvin Aspen’s Thursday action will continue a move announced last week to stop transfers...

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