• Anti-gun lawmakers leaning toward conceal carry

    by  • February 25, 2013

    According to the Sun Times, Illinois House Democrats were told during a private caucus meeting in Springfield last week that, despite what Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez says, inaction on concealed carry could result in no restrictions, which would allow people to legally carry even a loaded semi-automatic weapon into the statehouse after...

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    Court hands down new foreclosure rules

    by  • February 25, 2013

    The Illinois Supreme Court is issuing a new set of rules addressing how mortgage foreclosures are handled in the state. The court says the rules announced today are aimed at avoiding abuses during the foreclosure process. The guidelines require lenders to prove to judges that they have exhausted all possibilities to help a homeowner...

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    Possible prison time for social security fraud

    by  • February 25, 2013

    A southern Illinois woman faces up to a decade in federal prison now that she has admitted stealing more than $85,000 in social security benefits after her mother died. Fifty-one-year-old Mary Barnett-Johnson of Mt. Vernon pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. district court to one count of theft of government funds. A grand jury indicted...

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    BCMW offering schoolarships

    by  • February 25, 2013

    The BCMW Community Services, which represent Bond, Clinton, Marion and Washington counties will be awarding ten $500 scholarships through their block grant program. They will also award two other special scholarships, which are all open to low-income residents wanting to further their education at an Illinois accredited 2-year, 4-year college or university, as well...

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    Rules changing for Medicaid recipients

    by  • February 25, 2013

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    More than 135,000 high-cost Illinois patients who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid will be assigned to a managed care health plan by early next year, if they don’t opt out of a new program to coordinate their care. The initiative is a partnership between Illinois and the federal centers for Medicare and...

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    by  • February 25, 2013

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    Inmates in Illinois’ bloated prison system who behave behind bars are again eligible for release up to six months early. The Department of Corrections announced Friday a tougher, revamped “supplemental sentence credit program”. Governor Pat Quinn suspended a similar program more than three years ago after the Associated Press revealed the prison agency had...

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