• Crime Commission says heroin epidemic in Illinois

    by  • March 11, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The Illinois State Crime Commission says heroin use is an epidemic, and a Will County official says it should be declared a medical emergency. The commission met with experts Saturday during a summit at Prairie State College. Among the participants was Joseph Troian, director of behavioral health programs at the Will County Health department....

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    Crime victims differ on juvenile sentencing

    by  • March 11, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Not all crime victims agree on the punishment for young offenders – not even when they are in the same family. Jeanne Bishop and her mother, Joyce Bishop, testified on opposite sides of a bill addressing a U.S. Supreme Court Ruling — People v. Miller — against a mandatory life sentence for a murderer...

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    Martial arts instructor facing more sex charges

    by  • March 10, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A southwestern Illinois martial arts instructor is facing more federal felonies alleging that he sexually abused several students, including a 6-year-old. A federal grand jury in East St. Louis has returned a six-count indictment against 20-year-old Christopher Horton of Highland. He’s now charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one...

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    Sen. Durbin talks gun control strategy

    by  • March 10, 2013 • 0 Comments

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he’s still unsure whether various gun-control proposals making their way through Congress should be introduced separately for votes or all bundled into one big bill. The Illinois Democrat spoke at a news conference in Chicago to promote one bill that would crack down on so-called straw purchasing — where...

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