• Despite IDOC claims, sex offender program discontinued

    by  • March 15, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Earlier this month a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Corrections stated in an email response that the Sex Offender Treatment Program at Graham Correctional Center had not been discontinued,and assured us the program would continue. But Chad Zumwalt, president for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) local 2856 at...

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    Organ donor passes rabies to recipient

    by  • March 15, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A person who received a transplanted organ has died of rabies transmitted from the deceased donor, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today. The donor’s kidneys, heart and liver went to four recipients in 2011. The other three, including a resident in northeastern Illinois, have no symptoms of rabies but are being...

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    House committee vote on fracking delayed

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    An Illinois House committee has delayed voting on a measure that would regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state. The House Revenue and Finance Committee was expected to this morning to vote on the regulatory proposal, but lawmakers did not gather in Springfield. Backers of the measure that would regulate this high-volume gas...

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    Crews dump 300-plus Christmas trees into Rend Lake

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    Discarded Christmas trees now are at the bottom of southern Illinois’ Rend Lake, and conservationists hope the fish enjoy the gift. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports that workers with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources joined volunteers Wednesday in dumping more than 300 of the bundled-and-weighted trees into the...

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