• Senate passes pension overhaul on second try

    by  • March 21, 2013

    The Illinois Senate has approved on a second vote Senate President John Cullerton’s proposal overhauling teacher pensions. Minutes earlier senators rejected the plan; it was shy one vote to pass. Cullerton used a parliamentary procedure to recall the bill. The second vote yesterday was 30-22. Cullerton’s amended plan addresses the Teachers’ Retirement System and...

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    Teen dies at home of ex-congressman’s daughter

    by  • March 21, 2013

    Authorities are hoping lab tests help determine what killed a Belleville teenager found unresponsive at the southwestern Illinois home of a former congressman’s daughter. The Belleville News-Democrat  reports that Shiloh police dispatched Sunday to the home of Gina Costello found and found 15-year-old Patrick Fiore unconscious. he died the next day at a St....

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    Friday last day for treasurer’s online auction

    by  • March 21, 2013

    Tomorrow is the last day for an online auction of unclaimed property. According to Melissa Hahn, spokeswoman for Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford, the theme of the current auction is St. Patrick’s Day and features gold coins, gold jewelry, emerald jewelry and shamrock jewelry. The auction launched march 18 with the first lot closing at...

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    First hours tight in mascot race

    by  • March 21, 2013

    Voting is underway in the final round of the USA Today Most Unique Mascot Contest. Voting opened up at 10 a.m., this morning, with the Orphans currently running a a tight race with the Chinook Sugarbeeters from Chinook, Montana and the Carbon Dinos from Price, Utah. Orphan fans and supporters can vote online at...

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    Southern Illinois ranks at bottom of health reports

    by  • March 21, 2013

    The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, along with the Robert Wood Johnson foundation, released yesterday the 10th edition of health rankings for the nation, as well for Illinois.  The report was not good for southern Illinois, as 13 of the worst 16 ranked counties out of 102 in the state were in southern Illinois ...

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    Police and Fire Blotter

    by  • March 21, 2013

    March 21st, 2013 Shelonda Shackleford, 24, of Centralia was arrested early Thursday morning on the corner of Rexford and Maple. She was charged for driving with a  suspended license and possession of drug equipment. Shackleford was brought to the Centralia Police Department pending bond or transport.   March 20th, 2013 Suspended License Joshua Shulte,...

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