• Expanding Medicaid could help 13,000 Illinois vets

    by  • May 10, 2013

    More than 40,000 uninsured military veterans in Illinois could have new access to coverage under the national health overhaul law. That’s according to a new online tool from the Chicago group Health and Disability Advocates. The group plans to launch the Visualizing Health Care Reform website publicly Friday and allowed The Associated Press to...

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    Congressman calls for expanded Pell grants

    by  • May 10, 2013

    An Illinois congressman wants to make an adjustment to Pell grants. Pell grants are for college students.Three years ago, the rules changed. “Pell grants are no longer available for use during the summer semester, if the student went to school full-time in the fall and in the spring,” said U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-East...

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    DCFS reminds parents of water safety for children

    by  • May 10, 2013

    As summer approaches, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is reminding parents and caregivers to supervise children when they are near water. Dave Clarkin, DCFS spokesman, says drowning is the leading cause of unintentional deaths for children ages 1 through 4 in the U.S., claiming the lives of 21 Illinois children last...

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    Discharge hearing scheduled in Newcomb murder case

    by  • May 10, 2013

    A Centralia murder case in which the defendant has been deemed unfit to stand trial has a discharge hearing date. Christopher K. Newcomb is charged in the June 2011 stabbing death of businessman Frank Augustine at Augustine’s Fotoz store in Centralia and with the non-fatal stabbing of his landlady Kathryn Beard. Newcomb’s hearing will...

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    S. Illinois police chief accused of misconduct

    by  • May 10, 2013

    A southwestern Illinois police chief is free on bond after being accused of felony misconduct charges that include misusing a pickup truck seized in a drug case. Fifty-six-year-old Caseyville Police Chief J.D. Roth was charged Wednesday in St. Clair County. Roth has been on paid leave since the investigation was made public in March....

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    Fishing finals postponed

    by  • May 10, 2013

    The Illinois High School Association has officially announced that the bass fishing state finals that were to be held last weekend have been postponed until Friday and Saturday, May 31st and June 1, at Carlyle Lake. The reason, of course, is high water levels. Several sectional bass fishing tournaments were similarly delayed due to...

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