• Dam West Campground opens Saturday

    by  • March 29, 2013

    Just in time for warmer temperatures, Dam West Campground at Carlyle Lake, which was scheduled to open at noon Monday, will now be opening at noon, Saturday. McNair sites 1-32 and Area “C” will open on at noon Saturday on a first come first serve basis, but will be available for reservations as of...

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    Conservation program receives funding

    by  • March 29, 2013

    Additional funding to a conservation program will help farmers, an environmental group says. A program geared to helping farmers with financial and technical needs will be funded for the rest of 2013, after being left out of a nine-month extension of the federal farm bill. Drew Thomason, outreach coordinator for the Illinois stewardship alliance,...

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    State trooper killed in fiery crash

    by  • March 29, 2013

    An Illinois State Police trooper died late Thursday night after a fiery on southbound Interstate 294, just west of Chicago. State officials say 28-year-old Trooper James Sauter was on-duty in his squad car when a semi tractor truck struck his vehicle as it idled on the shoulder of the highway. Investigators say Sauter was...

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    Inmate gym housing costing taxpayers big money

    by  • March 29, 2013

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s final prison closure completed Wednesday, as the last inmates were moved out of Dwight Correctional Center. Nearly 150 Dwight employees will fill holes at Pontiac Correctional Center 20 miles to the southwest. The closure of both Dwight and Tamms Correctional Center effectively eliminated close to 1,200 prison beds in Illinois, as...

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    Inmate found dead in Menard prison cell identified

    by  • March 29, 2013

    An inmate found dead in his cell this week has been identified. According to Randolph County Coroner Randy Dudenbostel identified the inmate as 35-year-old William Crowder. Dudenbostel says it will be six to eight weeks before the results of an autopsy performed on the inmate will be available, as they await the results of...

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