• GOP US Sen. Mark Kirk supporting gay marriage

    by  • April 2, 2013

    Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois says he supports same-sex marriage. Kirk said in a post on his blog today that same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. He says what matters in life is who you love and “government has no place in the middle.” Kirk previously voted to end...

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    Winning Lotto ticket set to expire

    by  • April 1, 2013

    A winning Little Lotto ticket sold in the central Illinois village of Tolono expires April 10. Illinois lottery officials say time is running out to claim the $50,000 prize. The winning numbers in the April 10, 2012, little lotto drawing were 09 — 12 — 29 — 33 — 35. the winning ticket was...

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    OIG investigating influential Chicago organization

    by  • April 1, 2013

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s inspector general is investigating an influential Chicago organization’s use of a $98 million state grant. The office asked the state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to produce documents related to the united neighborhood organization grant. UNO received the funds to build and renovate charter schools. The February 14th letter states...

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    Appellate judge overturns opinion in case of murdered pastor

    by  • April 1, 2013

    The Mt. Vernon-based Fifth District Appellate Court Friday reversed a judge’s ruling that a psychological evaluation of a Troy man considered unfit to stand trial for murder be audio taped over the doctor’s objections. Terry Sedlacek, 31, is accused of shooting and killing a Maryville pastor during a Sunday service four years ago. Sedlacek...

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    Clinton man, 19, gets life sentence in sex assault

    by  • April 1, 2013

    A 19-year-old McLean County man has been sentenced to life in prison for the sexual assault of three young children. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports that Brett Wilson of Clinton was sentenced on Friday, two months after a jury convicted him of predatory criminal sexual assault. Illinois law requires a mandatory life sentence for that...

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