• Coroner releases cause of Choate resident’s death

    by  • February 5, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Union county coroner, Phil Hileman, has finally released details into the January 21st death of a resident at the Clyde Choate developmental center in Anna. According to Hileman, the individual was pronounced dead at 5:52 p.m. on Martin Luther King Day, after being transported by ambulance to the Union County Hospital. The initial 9-1-1...

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    All-time high for U.S. gas prices

    by  • February 5, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Gas prices are at an all-time high for the month of February, according to AAA Spokeswoman Beth Mosher. Mosher says across Illinois people are paying about $3.62 for a gallon of regular unleaded, a sharp increase from January as well as increase from this time last year. With the increase at the pump, Mosher...

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    Dixon sues audit firm for failing to detect fraud

    by  • February 5, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A north-central Illinois city whose former comptroller embezzled almost $54 million is suing its longtime accounting firm for failing to detect the fraud while auditing the city’s books. Rita Crundwell pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced next week. Authorities say the scam lasted 20 years and enabled Crundwell to build a world-renowned...

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    Four charged in Marion County Court with meth crimes

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    A Monday morning traffic stop near the Route 37 and Route 161 intersection resulted in the arrest of multiple individuals who have been charged today in Marion County Court with assorted methamphetamine related crimes. Currently held in the Marion County Jail in relation to that traffic stop are the driver, 43-year-old Corena Kay Dowdell,...

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    High January rainfall could help drought recovery

    by  • February 5, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The state water survey says many areas of Illinois got relief from a dry 2012 with soaking rain last month. Climatologist Jim Angel says the statewide average precipitation was 3.9 inches in January, which is nearly two  more inches than average. Angel also says snowfall was below average in Illinois, but rainfall numbers should...

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    FutureGen moving forward

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    The U.S. Energy Department is moving forward with phase two of central Illinois’ FutureGen clean-coal project. Energy secretary Steven Chu announced the agreement with FutureGen industrial alliance yesterday. The alliance is planning to refit a coal-powered plan in Meredosia with technology that removes carbon dioxide from coal and stores it underground. The project has...

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