• Centralia woman uninjured after train/car accident

    by  • December 11, 2014

    CENTRALIA — A 68-year-old Centralia woman is lucky to have walked away without injuries Wednesday afternoon after pulling into the path of an oncoming Norfolk Southern train in Centralia. Connie Draper informed police that she did not see the warning lights or the train when she proceeded across the train crossing at 14th and...

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    Topinka death presents uprecedented situation in determining replacement

    by  • December 10, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) – Constitutional experts say Illinois is in an unprecedented situation as it determines how to replace Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. University of Illinois Springfield Professor Charlie Wheeler says Illinois hasn’t had such a situation in nearly 150 years. The state Constitution gives the governor authority to appoint a successor if a...

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    State Supreme Court allows speedy review of pension case

    by  • December 10, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) – The Illinois Supreme Court is allowing a speedy review of a state pension overhaul that a lower court has declared unconstitutional. The court issued an order Wednesday granting the government’s request for an expedited appeal. The court says the government must file its initial argument by Jan. 12. The other side...

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