• SCHS students’ kindness touch many lives

    by  • May 7, 2013

    Anyone living in Salem probably has a good idea what our Tuesday feel good story should be about this week. While so many can be cruel and unkind to those different from them, the students at Salem Community High School took the opportunity over the weekend to let one student know just how special...

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    Quinn vetos electric rate bill

    by  • May 7, 2013

    A plan to increase electric rates by roughly $70 million for Ameren and ComEd customers has been blocked by Gov. Pat Quinn. ComEd and Ameren say the rate hike would have helped get smart grid technology back on track and create jobs. Quinn vetoed the plan Sunday saying the bill would undermine oversight and...

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    College MAP grant program out of funds

    by  • May 7, 2013

    The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is making a 10 percent cut in grants given through its Monetary Awards Program because of a shortage of money. The Pantagraph in Bloomington reports Monday, that statewide the cuts total about $2 million. Commission spokesman John Samuels says that the problem happened when more students than expected claimed...

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    Police and Fire Blotter

    by  • May 7, 2013

    May 7th Battery Arrest Amanda Wyant, 29, of Centralia was arrested Tuesday afternoon for alleged aggravated battery. Wyant was taken into custody by Centralia police and transferred to the Marion County Jail where she posted bond. May 6th, 2013 Driving Arrest Terrel Cook, 30, of East St. Louis, was arrested on Broadway in Salem...

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    Senate President announces pension agreement with unions

    by  • May 6, 2013

    After years of negotiations, Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) has announced that the state’s public employee unions have agreed to a pension reform plan that will shave tens of billions of dollars off of Illinois’ nearly $100 billion pension liability. With the help of Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora), he intends to amend Senate Bill...

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