• Ex-student sues school, claiming racial offenses

    by  • February 20, 2013

    HARRISBURG — (AP) — A black former student is suing because he contends his southern Illinois high school didn’t protect him from racially motivated acts, which he says included being left a noose with his name on it. The federal lawsuit filed in Benton is on behalf of Roman Moore, who graduated from Harrisburg...

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    Police and Fire Blotter

    by  • February 20, 2013

    02/21/2013 A battery was stolen late Wednesday afternoon  from a vehicle in the 600 block of Locust Street. A 31-year-old employee of the United Parcel Service Distribution Center in Centralia has been arrested for alleged theft of packages.  Michael Smith was reportedly caught stealing items at the distribution center and loading them into his...

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    Fracking regulation bill due in House

    by  • February 20, 2013

    A bill regulating high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois is expected to be introduced this week in the State House, two-weeks after a Senate bill called for a two-year moratorium on the practice.  Supporters of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” believe they have a good shot because the regulatory bill is being negotiated by...

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    Chance of AFSCME strike growing

    by  • February 20, 2013

    According to the Herald-Review, the drumbeat of a strike by members of the state’s largest employee union is growing stronger. In a new memo obtained Tuesday by the Herald & Review’s Springfield bureau, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union said an ongoing impasse in its talks with the Gov. Pat...

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    Illinois acquires 547 acres of park land for $2.8M

    by  • February 20, 2013

    (AP) — Illinois officials have purchased 547 acres of wildlife land, including a huge tract in one of the nation’s most popular places to hunt deer and the first portion of a new refuge northwest of Chicago. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the acquisitions today. The $2.8 million purchase uses money set aside for the...

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    Jacksons plead guilty; sentencing in June

    by  • February 20, 2013

    Former U.S. rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Pleaded guilty Wednesday in a federal courtroom in Washington, D.C., to conspiring to illegally spend about $750,000 in campaign money on personal uses, including a Rolex, pricey memorabilia, furs and other luxury items. Jackson said in court that he had been living for years off his campaign, using...

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