• Senator wants DCEO focus to be on unemployment

    by  • April 3, 2013

    A state senator from the Springfield area wants to change the focus of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) wants to restructure DCEO so it targets unemployment.   Manar says many of the counties he represents in central Illinois typically have an unemployment rate that could...

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    Centralia man arrested for June home invasion

    by  • April 3, 2013

    A 22-year-old Centralia man is in the Marion County Jail this morning, charged with a June 2012 home invasion in Centralia Centralia police arrested Devon Michael Marshall yesterday for alleged home invasion, two counts domestic battery and an outstanding Marion County warrant. Marshall allegedly forced his way into a Centralia home last summer, where...

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    Mater Dei tops region for safe driving award

    by  • April 3, 2013

    The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Allstate Foundation, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and the Illinois State Police announced the seven winning schools from the 2012-13 Operation Teen Safe Driving Program.  Since the program began in 2007, annual teen fatality numbers in automobile crashes have dropped by more...

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    Multiple arrests in Mt. Vernon drug sweep

    by  • April 3, 2013

    Earlier this afternoon law enforcement officers from the Mt Vernon Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriffs Department conducted a narcotics related warrant sweep in the Mt. Vernon and Jefferson County area. Twenty two arrest warrants were issued following a six month investigation of the Mt Vernon / Jefferson County Joint Narcotics Unit. Ten of...

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    Jesse White encourages organ/tissue donation

    by  • April 2, 2013

    Secretary of State Jesse White urged all Illinoisans to join the state’s organ/tissue donor registry following the unveiling of a new ad campaign featuring Vikki Tulcus, a long-time donor advocate who died waiting for a kidney.  White said that “Vikki had worked as an advocate for the organ/tissue donor program for nearly 10 years,...

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    Mexican drug cartels move into the Heartland

    by  • April 2, 2013

    Chicago and its suburbs are among the places Mexican cartels are dispatching trusted operatives. An Associated Press review of federal records suggests Cartels in recent years have increasingly begun sending agents directly from Mexico deep into the American Heartland. Records indicate the La Familia Cartel sent Jose Gonzalez-Zavala to Joliet, where he ran a...

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