• Union wants violent cons to stay put

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    JOHN O’CONNOR AP Political Writer (AP) — The union representing Illinois correctional workers is demanding a stop to what it says is the transfer of violent maximum-security prison inmates to less-secure lockups. The letter sent Wednesday and obtained by The Associated Press was addressed to Department of Corrections Director S.A. “Tony” Godinez. The American...

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    Man arrested for “homicidal” Facebook threat

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    Careful what you post on the internet, a Southern Illinois man is free on bond after allegedly threatening the life of a neighbor on Facebook. Thirty-five-year-old Lyle Payne of Franklin County is charged with harassment through electronic communication. Sheriff Don Jones described Monday’s posting as a “homicidal threat.” The threats were directed at one...

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    Bed space trumps security for IDOC

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    (AP) — A prison watchdog says “bed space is trumping security” in Illinois correctional facilities as officials announced they plan to set up temporary bed space in a half-dozen mostly medium-security prisons. The change was announced in a letter from the Illinois Department of Corrections to the main employee union, the American Federation of...

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    Rushville expands while Southern facilities close

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    While Gov. Pat Quinn is closing prisons and state operated mental health facilities, his administration is expanding a specialized state lock-up for dangerous sex offenders. Earlier this month, says the Southern, the Illinois Department of Human Services said the detention facility for sexually violent persons in Rushville will get a $13 million makeover that...

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    Illinois Senate votes to legalize gay marriage

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    (AP) The Illinois Senate has voted to legalize gay marriage, advancing a proposal that would make the state the 10th in the nation allowing same-sex couples to wed. In a 34-21 vote Thursday, lawmakers approved a measure to lift a state ban on same-sex marriage. The bill now moves to the House, where Democrats...

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    Coloring contest winner announced

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    In cooperation with Executive Business Products, Rod Snow Real Estate and Family Video, Withers Broadcasting is pleased to announce local Pre-K student Ryleigh is the winner of our recent coloring contest. Ryleigh has won a basket full of goodies from Family Video and X95.3 FM! Keep tuned in for more contests and gifts from...

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