• Nearly 12 percent of nation’s bridges deficient

    by  • May 24, 2013

    Nearly one dozen bridges within 10 miles of both Centralia and Salem are structurally deficient; this is according to a study by Transportation for America.  Marion, Fayette, Jefferson and Washington counties have less than 12 percent deficient bridges, Clinton and Bond counties less than 7 percent. Wabash and Shelby counties rank the worst in...

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    Lt. Gov. tours Murray Center

    by  • May 24, 2013

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon on Friday toured the Warren G. Murray Center in Centralia. Simon, a law professor from Carbondale has already announced she will not run with Gov. Pat Quinn for reelection. Unlike Simon, Quinn has never been to the Murray Center, a facility that he has slated for closure and for which...

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    Prosecutor: Feds probe southwestern Ill. judge

    by  • May 23, 2013

    (AP) — A southwestern Illinois judge’s docket of hundreds of cases has been reassigned after the county’s top prosecutor revealed that the judge is under federal investigation. St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelley didn’t detail the reason for the investigation. But he said he filed a complaint Thursday against Circuit Judge Michael Cook...

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    Quinn opposes House compromise guns bill

    by  • May 23, 2013

    (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn opposes the compromise gun-carry legislation that the Illinois House is readying for a floor vote on Friday. Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson says the legislation is “a massive overreach” because it would overturn all existing local gun laws on the books. Those include a Chicago ban on assault-style weapons....

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    Senate OKs ban on cell phones while driving

    by  • May 23, 2013

    (AP) — The Senate has approved a plan that would ban the use of cell phones while driving. Senators voted 34-20 Thursday, but the matter must go back to the House for consideration of an amendment that deals with ticketing. Gov. Pat Quinn’s spokeswoman says the Chicago Democrat will review the bill once it...

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