• After three-year delay, Kirgan found guilty

    by  • March 1, 2013

    After nearly three years of delays, a 49-year-old Salem man was found guilty Friday of felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a person between 13 and 18 with whom he held a position of trust and criminal sexual abuse of a person unable to give consent. Keith Ray Kirgan did receive a motion for...

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    Quinn grateful for Medicaid expansion votes

    by  • March 1, 2013

    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is thanking the State Senate for approving an expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Quinn says he’s grateful to Senate President John Cullerton, bill sponsor Sen. Heather Steans and everyone who voted for the bill. The Governor says that access to quality health care “is a fundamental right.”...

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    Events recall deadly leap-year tornado

    by  • March 1, 2013

    Many residents in southeastern Illinois are recalling the one year anniversary of the leap day tornado that claimed eight lives and caused millions of dollars of damage in Harrisburg and Ridgway February 29th of last year. Today in Harrisburg all flags were to be flown at half-staff and there is a scheduled moment of...

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    Jesse White awards grants to local school libraries

    by  • March 1, 2013

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    Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded Fiscal Year 2013 School District Library Program Grants totaling almost $1.4 million to 642 Illinois public school districts. Nearly 1.7 million students served by school library media programs will benefit from the grants. “As a former public school teacher and administrator, I know our...

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    Traveler killed in I-57 accident

    by  • March 1, 2013

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    There was an accident Thursday on Interstate 57 at mile post 96 in the northbound lanes. According to the Illinois State Police out of DuQuoin, the one-vehicle accident occurred at approximately 1:39 p.m., when, according to witnesses, a Winnebago motor home was moving strangely on the highway.  it then went off the road and...

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    Drew Peterson serving time in Menard

    by  • March 1, 2013

    It’s been a week since Drew Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in prison for murdering his third wife, and already he is seeing the inside of his third prison.  The Illinois Department of Corrections announced yesterday the 59-year old Peterson was transferred to Menard Correctional Center in Chester .  Peterson was incarcerated in...

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