• Biegeleisen gets 40-years for sex assault

    by  • March 6, 2013

    A 35-year-old Shattuc man was sentenced to 40-years in prison today in Clinton County Court. Jerry W. Biegeleisen pleaded guilty Jan 22, to one count Class X predatory criminal sexual assault. In exchange for his guilty plea, four other counts of same charge were dismissed, along with two counts Class 1 felony criminal sexual...

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    Mt. Vernon man takes plea in Feb. sex assault case

    by  • March 6, 2013

    A 38-year-old Mt. Vernon man was sentenced Tuesday in Marion County Court to 5-years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Michael D. Schallenberg pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 13. Per the plea agreement, a Class X charge of predatory criminal sexual assault, as well...

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    Fight between gang members places Pinckneyville on lockdown

    by  • March 6, 2013

    Another Illinois prison incident has resulted in an area facility being placed on lockdown today, after multiple inmates were involved in a fight. “Pinckneyville is on Level 1 lockdown after an inmate fight,” says Department of Corrections Spokeswoman Stacey Solano, noting the incident is under investigation. While Solano notes there were no...

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    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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