• Ill. House OKs amendments banning semi-auto guns

    by  • March 5, 2013

    The Illinois House has approved a series of measures that would ban semi-automatic assault weapons in Illinois. One amendment approved Tuesday would make it a felony for anyone to possess a military-style assault weapon or to have large-capacity ammunition magazines. Chicago Democratic Rep. Edward Acevedo says civilians shouldn’t have these guns because they’re made for...

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    Reactions mixed to Hugo Chavez death

    by  • March 5, 2013

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s death is eliciting reactions as mixed and outsized as the fiery leader drew in life, with some saying his passing was a tragic loss and others calling it an opportunity. Some of the many Venezuelans living in Florida are reacting with cautious optimism that there will be change in their...

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    Teen sought in multiple crimes arrested in Centralia

    by  • March 5, 2013

    A 17-year-old suspect in a February 18 alleged home invasion was charged today in Marion County Court with felony burglary and felony theft. D’Shawn Duncan, of Centralia, was being sought for a number of crimes, including a Feb. 18 incident in which a resident in the 300 block of McCord Street reportedly woke to...

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    Orphans win first round of mascot contest

    by  • March 5, 2013

    The Centralia Orphans have won the First Round in the USA Today Unique Mascot contest by a nearly 52,000 margin. More than 678,000 votes came in for the Orphans. The race between the Centralia Orphans, the Cobden Applekockers and other Illinois teams brought in the most votes of any contest across the U.S., for...

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    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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