• IDOC timeline memo shows Dwight closure movement

    by  • March 5, 2013

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    The maximum-security women’s prison in Dwight will close by month’s end in a complex shift of inmates that involves the conversion of a men’s prison to a penitentiary for women and the transfer of hundreds of overflow inmates to other lockups around the state, according to a timeline obtained by The Associated Press on...

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    Gov says union contract saves $900M

    by  • March 5, 2013

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    An administration official says Gov. Pat Quinn will spend part of his budget address crediting a contract agreement with Illinois’ largest union for $900 million in healthcare savings. Quinn and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 reached an agreement last week for a three-year deal after negotiating 15 months....

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    Williamson County deputy arrested for DUI

    by  • March 5, 2013

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    A Southern Illinois sheriff says the job status of one of his deputies is cloudy after he was arrested for suspected drunken driving for the second time in five years. Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick says 48-year-old deputy Shaunn Curry was charged with driving under the influence. He was stopped last Friday on Illinois 13...

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    Political icon, Dawn Clark Netsch dead at 86

    by  • March 5, 2013

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    An Illinois political icon, former Illinois comptroller and longtime state Senator Dawn Clark Netsch has passed away at the age of 86. Netsch recently announced she was suffering from Lou Gehrig’s Disease, also known as ALS. The Illinois democrat the first woman elected to a major state office or to  a major ticket to...

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    Conceal Carry stalls in the House

    by  • March 5, 2013

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    It doesn’t look like concealed-carry will be ready for a vote in the Illinois House anytime soon. however, state Rep. Brandon Phelps, a Harrisburg democrat says there is not much time left to make a decision.  Phelps says they know there is still going to be negotiation and the good thing about it the...

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    House bill looks to enroll more in Medicaid

    by  • March 5, 2013

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    The Illinois House will soon take up a bill allowing more low-income residents to enroll in Medicaid. When the bill passed the senate, republicans voiced concern about the validity of its opt-out clause, but state rep. Sara Feigenholtz, a Chicago democrat and the House sponsor, says that’s not an issue. Her measure says if...

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