• Police identify victims in Illinois killings

    by  • April 25, 2013

    Authorities say the five people found shot to death inside a home in a tiny central Illinois community were two young brothers, their parents and their great-grandmother.  Illinois State Police identified the victims Thursday as 1-year-old Brantley Ralston and 5-year-old Nolan Ralston. Their slain parents are 29-year-old James Roy Ralston and 23-year-old Brittney Luark,...

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    BREAKING: BOMB THREAT AT SALEM SCHOOL

    by  • April 25, 2013

    BREAKING: SALEM POLICE ARE CONFIRMING A BOMB THREAT HAS BEEN MADE TO FRANKLIN MIDDLE SCHOOL. STUDENTS ARE ALL BEING DISMISSED AS LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATES. REPORTS INDICATE THE SCHOOL RECEIVED A NOTE ABOUT A BOMB IN THE SCHOOL, SO LAW ENFORCEMENT WAS CONTACTED AND STUDENTS HAVE ALL BEEN DISMISSED. IN A STATEMENT, SALEM POLICE SAID...

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    Illinois prison officials want more money

    by  • April 24, 2013

    Illinois prison officials are predicting more problems at the embattled state Department of Corrections if lawmakers don’t give them more money to operate in the coming weeks. In a Senate hearing Wednesday, Corrections budget chief Brian Gleckler said the department is requesting $41.8 million to finish out the fiscal year, which ends June 30....

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    Quinn signs senior exemption law

    by  • April 24, 2013

    Legislation designed to reduce property tax bills for Illinois seniors is now law. The bill raises the homestead exemption for Illinois residents age 65 and older by $1,000, from $4,000 to $5,000. Gov. Pat Quinn signed it into law on Tuesday. The move could save seniors roughly $200 a year. The new law also...

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    Leader of Black Caucus supports same sex marriage

    by  • April 24, 2013

    The leader of the Illinois legislative black caucus says the fate of a measure that would authorize same-sex couples to marry in Illinois may rest with 20 black legislators in the Illinois House. Rep. Ken Dunkin is the head of the 30-member group. He announced his support for the legislation Tuesday. The Chicago democrat...

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    Watchdog group issues report on Menard

    by  • April 24, 2013

    A prison watchdog group Tuesday released its 2012 study of Menard Correctional Center, which the group described as “one of the most problematic facilities” in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The John Howard Association of Illinois found issues with the prison’s physical plant, use of lockdowns and staffing levels. Inmate and employee safety concerns...

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