• Ex-wardens: Mixing groups a safety risk

    by  • February 17, 2013

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    By JOHN O’CONNOR, AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Andres Hernandez is set to go home in May after serving six months in an Illinois prison for attempting to sell marijuana. Kelsey Swickard is about halfway through a 12-year stretch for robbery and aggravated battery. Convicted murderer Dion Spears would be 93 when...

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    IDOC bans guards from carrying cuffs

    by  • February 15, 2013

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    While the Illinois Department of Corrections is denying the reports and saying their policy has not changed, multiple independent sources within the agency are saying they received a new order last week prohibiting guards below the rank of sergeant from carrying handcuffs. “There has been no change in department policy regarding cuffs,” says IDOC...

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    Freed inmate charged in cold case

    by  • February 15, 2013

    A newly freed Illinois prison inmate is back behind bars, now accused of fatally beating a teenage honor student in southwestern Illinois nearly a quarter century ago. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that St. Clair County prosecutors have charged 51-year-old Carlos Garrett with first-degree murder in the 1989 death of Nicole Willis. Her partially clothed...

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    Jesse White announces holiday closures

    by  • February 15, 2013

    Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all offices and driver services facilities will be closed on Monday in observance of Presidents ’ Day, also known as George Washington’s birthday. Driver services facilities that are normally open Tuesday through Saturday will close Saturday as well.  All driver services facilities will reopen for regular...

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    Shimkus announces new office locations

    by  • February 15, 2013

    Following his election to the new 15th congressional district last November, Congressman John Shimkus has relocated his district offices. He will have four offices in the 33 county district. These include at 15 professional park drive , in Maryville; 201 North Vermilion Street, Suite 218, in Danville; 101 north Fourth Street, Suite 303, in Effingham;...

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    Scott AFB civilians could face layoffs

    by  • February 15, 2013

    Thousands of civilians at Scott Air Force Base could be laid off or furloughed if congress fails to reach a deal on a sequester March 1. According to a Metro East congressman, Democrat Bill Enyart, who is on the house armed services committee, congress is playing political games instead of working together with national...

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