• FBI asked to look at McConnell meeting recording

    by  • April 9, 2013

    The FBI has been asked to look into whether Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign headquarters was bugged after a recording of a private campaign meeting surfaced in a liberal-leaning magazine. McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton said his staff is working with the FBI because of what he called “Watergate-style tactics” to bug the...

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    Illinois issuing $3.4M to fight West Nile virus

    by  • April 9, 2013

    Ninety public health agencies across Illinois will share $3.4 million in West Nile virus grant money from the state Department of Public Health. The money is to be used for prevention programming, testing birds and mosquitoes for West Nile virus and controlling mosquitoes. Funds also can be used to inform the public about the...

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    Ill. powwow lacks money, on hold for 2013

    by  • April 9, 2013

    The organizers of an annual American Indian powwow in central Illinois say they won’t hold the event this year because they don’t have the money. Angelo Padro is a member of the board at the Grand Village of the Kickapoo park in Le Roy where the intertribal powwow is usually held. He tells The...

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    Struggling Cahokia schools could go without sports

    by  • April 9, 2013

    A southwestern Illinois school district is blaming cuts in state funding for its tentative plan to eliminate dozens of teaching jobs and go next school year without an athletic director, coaches or extracurricular activities. The Cahokia School District 187′s board agreed on Monday night to the possible cuts, which would target 52 teachers, administrators...

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    Soil moisture delays corn planting

    by  • April 9, 2013

    We’re a week into April, and corn planting has scarcely begun. There is some anecdotal evidence of corn being planted in Illinois, but there’s not yet enough acreage for it to show up in the weekly USDA crop progress report. According to USDA Crop Statistician Mark Schleusener, the only real field work going on...

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    Investigation launched in Shawnee National Forest fire

    by  • April 9, 2013

    Crews are working to contain a fire that has damaged at least 14 acres of southern Illinois’ sprawling Shawnee National Forest. U.S. Forest Service Spokeswoman Patricia York tells the Southern Illinoisan that at least one-quarter of the blaze is contained at little Grand Canyon near Pomona in Jackson County. Authorities believe the fire was...

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