• Gov’t recommends 4 years for Jesse Jackson Jr.

    by  • June 7, 2013

    (AP) — Prosecutors are recommending four years in prison for former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., following his guilty plea on charges that he engaged in a scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. The government is also recommending that Jackson pay $750,000 in restitution to the campaign and forfeit an...

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    IDOC: Bates was suspended for second sex harassment

    by  • June 7, 2013

    In response to our report yesterday that department of corrections deputy director Ty Bates of Centralia has now twice been investigated for sexual harassment, the Illinois Department of Corrections and its director Salvador Godinez, released a statement that the agency has “zero tolerance for policy violations and are committed to strict enforcement of the...

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    Portion of conceal carry criticized

    by  • June 7, 2013

    A portion of the concealed carry bill that’s in the governor’s hands is coming under criticism. The seven-person panel that would hear appeals from concealed carry applicants who are denied is, under the bill, exempt from the open meetings act and freedom of information act requests. Josh Sharp, the director of government relations for...

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    Man killed when riding mower rolls

    by  • June 7, 2013

    A 65-year-old Coulterville man was killed Wednesday afternoon when his garden tractor rolled down an embankment, into a ditch and came to rest atop the man. Washington County Coroner Mark Styninger says Jerry Scott Sr. of Coulterville was mowing grass around 4:50 P.M. Wednesday when the tractor he was on overturned along Roosevelt, says...

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    Centralia schedules special burn weekends

    by  • June 7, 2013

    Due to the wet and windy weather during the last scheduled burn weekend, the City of Centralia has announced the next 2 weekends will be approved for open burning. In addition, the times for burning will be extended as follows: this Saturday and Sunday next Saturday and Sunday from 7 A.M. to 6 P.M....

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