• Illinois Senate OKs union-backed pension deal

    by  • May 9, 2013

    The Illinois Senate has approved a union-supported bill to deal with the nation’s worst state pension problem. The move leaves lawmakers with two competing proposals just weeks before the Legislature is scheduled to adjourn. The Senate voted 40-16 Thursday to advance the measure sponsored by Senate President John Cullerton. The Chicago Democrat’s plan would...

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    Medical marijuana heads to full Senate

    by  • May 9, 2013

    If the full Senate and the Governor agree, certain patients in Illinois would qualify for a prescription for marijuana. The bill, which has passed a Senate committee, purports to have the most rigid medical marijuana program in the nation. It sets up a four-year pilot program under which patients with certain illnesses would qualify;...

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    13 arrested in Mt. Vernon drug sweep

    by  • May 9, 2013

    Yesterday morning officers from the Mount Vernon Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office executed a narcotics related arrest warrant sweep in the Mount Vernon/Jefferson County area. A total of 20 warrants were issued. Thirteen of the 20 warrants have been served. This is the third warrant sweep this year with a total of...

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    Two pension plans for consideration

    by  • May 9, 2013

    By the end of Thursday, Illinois lawmakers may have two pension solutions to consider: one passed by each chamber. The state’s plans are underfunded by an estimated $100 billion. The one championed by Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) boasts union support and a choice for pension system members between a higher cost-of-living adjustment and...

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    Puppy survives month in locked car

    by  • May 9, 2013

    Here’s a feel good story for your Thursday. A 12-week old puppy is lucky to be alive after spending nearly a month in an abandoned car. The terrier/schnauzer mix, which has been named Kia by the Kansas City, Mo., shelter caring for her, was discovered Monday by a car lot worker who was tagging...

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    Downstate mayor pleads guilty in federal court

    by  • May 9, 2013

    The mayor of a southeastern Illinois town faces up to 80 years in federal prison and $1 million in fines now that he’s admitted using bogus invoices to skim money from his community. Fifty-six-year-old Bridgeport Mayor Max Schauf pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Benton to three counts of mail fraud and...

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