• 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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    Police: Woman hit, dragged by pickup truck

    by  • April 2, 2013

    Authorities say a woman is hospitalized after being hit by a pickup truck and dragged 50 feet in the southern Illinois town of Energy. Herrin Police say 42-year-old driver Tracy Hardcastle fled on foot after yesterday evening’s accident outside Casey’s General Store and was found in a home. She woman faces charges for driving...

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    GOP US Sen. Mark Kirk supporting gay marriage

    by  • April 2, 2013

    Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois says he supports same-sex marriage. Kirk said in a post on his blog today that same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. He says what matters in life is who you love and “government has no place in the middle.” Kirk previously voted to end...

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    Winning Lotto ticket set to expire

    by  • April 1, 2013

    A winning Little Lotto ticket sold in the central Illinois village of Tolono expires April 10. Illinois lottery officials say time is running out to claim the $50,000 prize. The winning numbers in the April 10, 2012, little lotto drawing were 09 — 12 — 29 — 33 — 35. the winning ticket was...

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    OIG investigating influential Chicago organization

    by  • April 1, 2013

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s inspector general is investigating an influential Chicago organization’s use of a $98 million state grant. The office asked the state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to produce documents related to the united neighborhood organization grant. UNO received the funds to build and renovate charter schools. The February 14th letter states...

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