• Police and Fire Blotter

    by  • March 15, 2013

    March 14th, 2013 Criminal Damage Two black females came into a store  on 5th street Thursday night and stole items. Caller also stated the females were swinging a large stick and broke the register. Warrant Arrest Dustin Branch, 23, of Centralia was arrested on a Marion County warrant Thursday afternoon. He was taken to...

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    Proposed measure would create IDOC construction need

    by  • March 14, 2013

    One firearms bill working its way through the House would enhance the penalties for certain weapons violations, but could come at a steep price for Department of Corrections. House Bill 2265 would increase penalties for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm by a street gang member. While most...

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    House gun control measures moving slowly

    by  • March 14, 2013

    Lawmakers in the Illinois House are continuing their gun control debate with not a lot of agreement reached yet. The House proceeded with “test votes” Wednesday on various aspects of gun control. Some proposals received decent support, but others failed miserably. That includes one amendment requiring everyone applying for a FOID card to first...

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