• Rainey found guilty in assault case retrial

    by  • February 18, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A 38-year-old Jefferson County man will again be sentenced on charges of predatory criminal sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl. Albert Rainey, who pleaded guilty to the crime in 2007, but was awarded a retrial from the 5th appellate court in Mount Vernon, was found guilty Friday by a jury, after nearly three days...

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    Gas prices on steady incline

    by  • February 18, 2013 • 0 Comments

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Gas prices have risen for 32 days straight, according to AAA, that means that the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline has increased more than 13% over that period to $3.73. It’s hitting wallets right in the middle of winter, when people are already looking at large home...

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    Ex-wardens: Mixing groups a safety risk

    by  • February 17, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    By JOHN O’CONNOR, AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Andres Hernandez is set to go home in May after serving six months in an Illinois prison for attempting to sell marijuana. Kelsey Swickard is about halfway through a 12-year stretch for robbery and aggravated battery. Convicted murderer Dion Spears would be 93 when...

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    IDOC bans guards from carrying cuffs

    by  • February 15, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    While the Illinois Department of Corrections is denying the reports and saying their policy has not changed, multiple independent sources within the agency are saying they received a new order last week prohibiting guards below the rank of sergeant from carrying handcuffs. “There has been no change in department policy regarding cuffs,” says IDOC...

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    Freed inmate charged in cold case

    by  • February 15, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A newly freed Illinois prison inmate is back behind bars, now accused of fatally beating a teenage honor student in southwestern Illinois nearly a quarter century ago. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that St. Clair County prosecutors have charged 51-year-old Carlos Garrett with first-degree murder in the 1989 death of Nicole Willis. Her partially clothed...

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    Jesse White announces holiday closures

    by  • February 15, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all offices and driver services facilities will be closed on Monday in observance of Presidents ’ Day, also known as George Washington’s birthday. Driver services facilities that are normally open Tuesday through Saturday will close Saturday as well.  All driver services facilities will reopen for regular...

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