• Gas prices stagnate

    by  • April 3, 2013

    The price of gas is down slightly over the last month in Illinois, but don’t get excited. The statewide average is now $3.85, according to the Triple-A Fuel Gauge Report, down from $3.89 a month ago. But Beth Mosher of the Triple-A Chicago Motor Club says the decline is not a trend. It is...

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    Activist praises Kirk’s stance on gay marriage

    by  • April 3, 2013

     A gay rights advocate says it’s a big deal when a republican comes out in support of same-sex marriage.   That’s what U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois did, making him the second republican senator to do so. Bernard Cherkasov, head of the group Equality Illinois, says any politician in favor is cause for...

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    Officials note tax deadline looms

    by  • April 3, 2013

    Illinois officials are reminding taxpayers there are fewer than two weeks left before the April 15th filing deadline. The Department of Revenue says it has processed more than 3 million tax returns and refunded $745 million. Officials also are encouraging residents to file electronically.

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    Senator wants DCEO focus to be on unemployment

    by  • April 3, 2013

    A state senator from the Springfield area wants to change the focus of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) wants to restructure DCEO so it targets unemployment.   Manar says many of the counties he represents in central Illinois typically have an unemployment rate that could...

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    Centralia man arrested for June home invasion

    by  • April 3, 2013

    A 22-year-old Centralia man is in the Marion County Jail this morning, charged with a June 2012 home invasion in Centralia Centralia police arrested Devon Michael Marshall yesterday for alleged home invasion, two counts domestic battery and an outstanding Marion County warrant. Marshall allegedly forced his way into a Centralia home last summer, where...

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    Mater Dei tops region for safe driving award

    by  • April 3, 2013

    The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Allstate Foundation, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and the Illinois State Police announced the seven winning schools from the 2012-13 Operation Teen Safe Driving Program.  Since the program began in 2007, annual teen fatality numbers in automobile crashes have dropped by more...

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