• MC senior exemption forms mailed

    by  • January 21, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Marion County Supervisor of Assessments, Patty Brough has announced the 2013 homestead renewal forms and senior assessment freeze forms were mailed Friday. Senior citizens who are age 65 or older in 2013 and are owners of record, responsible for paying property taxes and who occupy the property as their principle residence are eligible for...

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    AFSCME continues to fight IDOC closures

    by  • January 18, 2013 • 0 Comments

    According to Illinois Public News, despite an announcement from Governor Pat Quinn, and a state Supreme Court ruling, Illinois’ prison workers union says nothing is finalized on the closure of correctional facilities. AFSCME Council 31 spokesman Ed Caumiant does confirm that some prisoners are being transferred from the Logan Correctional Center. They’re expected to...

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    Man arrested after Centralia fire

    by  • January 18, 2013 • 0 Comments

    A 56-year-old Centralia man who escaped a fire at his South Elm Street home Wednesday night is in custody of the Marion County Jail, charged with possession of methamphetamine and aggravated participation in the manufacture of meth. Timothy J. McCombs was home Wednesday when a fire started in the kitchen of the home owned...

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    Road builders call for higher gas tax

    by  • January 18, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The highway construction industry is calling for an increase in the federal gas tax. That tax – first imposed in 1932 at a rate of one cent per gallon – has been 18.4 cents per gallon for 20 years. Michael Sturino, head of the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association, says it should be...

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    Unemployment remains steady

    by  • January 18, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Illinois’ unemployment rate remained unchanged last month at eight point seven percent. The state jobless rate stayed the same through November and December, but is a full point lower than at the same time in 2011 according to officials with the state dept of employment security. Despite the unemployment rate holding steady, job losses...

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    Corp keeping Carlyle Lake levels up

    by  • January 18, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The pool elevation at Carlyle Lake was predicted to crest yesterday at 447.5 feet without additional precipitation.  The target winter pool elevation is 443.0 feet. As part of the Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division drought contingency plan to lessen impacts of low water levels on navigation in the lower Mississippi River, the Carlyle...

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