• Cullerton pushing for pension overhaul

    by  • January 29, 2013

    Illinois senate president John Cullerton wants to push forward with a pension overhaul “as quickly as possible” and says the timing is good to move forward with legalizing gay marriage. He spoke to the City Club of Chicago yesterday, giving a slide-slow presentation on Illinois’ financial problems. The Chicago democrat stressed the need for...

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    Area state rep named to firearms group

    by  • January 29, 2013

    Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon wants new state lawmakers to learn about different perspectives on gun ownership. Simon is starting a firearms working group and announced its members earlier today, including Representative Charlie Meier, a republican from Okawville. Meier is the lone downstate legislator in the group. The group is made up of freshmen...

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    Company expansions equal jobs in Mt. Vernon

    by  • January 28, 2013

    A new $237 million hospital in Mt. Vernon has officially opened. The newly-constructed Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mount Vernon is transferring patients from an outdated existing facility with more than a dozen ambulances. Construction on the new center began in April 2010. It will create an estimated 112 health care jobs and...

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    Weekend fire results in meth charges for Centralia man

    by  • January 28, 2013

    A weekend mobile home fire off Raccoon Lake resulted in a 49-year old Centralia man being arrested on methamphetamine allegations. David Wesley Millner, was formally charged this morning in Marion County Court with felony manufacture of less than 25 grams of meth and felony possession of meth manufacturing material. Centralia firefighters were called to...

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    Illinois mental health care system overwhelmed

    by  • January 28, 2013

    As lawmakers debate ways to prevent another mass shooting, Illinois mental health advocates say more attention — and money — must be directed to a system they describe as overwhelmed. Between 2009 and 2012, Illinois slashed funding for community mental health programs by more than 30 percent. According to the National Alliance on Mental...

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    Shimkus nominates area students to military adademies

    by  • January 28, 2013

    Congressman John Shimkus has released his list of nominations to the four military service academies, including a number of students from our listening area. Meredith Daniels of Iuka was nominated to both the Air Force Academy and West Point. Deven Hudson-Greenlee of Centralia was nominated to the Air Force Academy; Lucas Foppe of Breese...

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