• 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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    Police and Fire Blotter

    by  • March 10, 2013

    March 10, 2013 Residential burglary The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a burglary in Hoffman, in which a Sony laptop computer, men’s gold band ring, women’s gold ring with four diamonds and a gold chain were reportedly taken. The public is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 618-594-4555 with any information regarding...

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    Kell home severely damaged from fire

    by  • March 8, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A Kell home suffered extensive damage from a fire early this morning. Kell firefighters received mutual aid from both Salem and Jefferson rural in fighting the fire in the 4500 Block of Walnut Hill Road. Fire chief Lonnie McDaneld says firefighters were able To save three baby chicks from the fire, and Red Cross...

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    Officials: At least 2 critical after plant blast

    by  • March 8, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Officials say at least two people are in critical condition after an explosion at a manufacturing plant in southwestern Illinois. Authorities say 10 people were taken to hospitals after the explosion yesterday at the American steel foundries plant in Granite City.. Granite City Fire Capt. Bert Houston says the explosion occurred after gas caught...

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    Lawmakers agree on one component of pension reform

    by  • March 8, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Lawmakers have found at least one fix for the State’s multibillion-dollar pension problem that could pass the Illinois house. Two republicans joined democrats yesterday in voting 65-7 to cap the salary that pension benefits are based on at the social security index. Currently that’s $113,000 per year. Supporters estimate it could save Illinois $1...

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