• Raises for one union, but not the other

    by  • February 21, 2013

    While union negotiators continue to work with Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration to reach agreements on contracts, one union has received raises, while another has not, which is adding to the already elevated tensions between Quinn and he state’s largest employee union. According to Quinn’s administration, approximately 1,500 unionized workers at the Illinois Department of...

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    Two officers, suspect shot in St. Louis

    by  • February 21, 2013

    (AP) — Two St. Louis police officers are hospitalized after they were shot while responding to a call. The shooting happened late Wednesday in the Baden neighborhood. Police spokesman David Marzullo says a male officer was shot in the leg and a female officer in the foot. Police Chief Sam Dotson says the officers...

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    Luechtefeld constitutional amendment to ‘clip’ lame-duck wings

    by  • February 21, 2013

    State Sen. Dave Luechtefeld (R-Okawville) is targeting the General Assembly’s ability to impose tax increases or make drastic policy changes during post-election, lame-duck sessions. “Just two short years ago, the lame-duck legislative session produced a historic 67 percent, personal income tax increase. That same tax increase imposed on business has driven jobs out of...

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    Suspect not found following car chase

    by  • February 21, 2013

    There was a car chase Tuesday night in Mount Vernon that resulted in the vehicle being found abandoned in the Centralia area.  According to the Mount Vernon Police and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reports, the MVPD attempted to conduct a routine traffic stop about 11:15 p.m., on a vehicle due to the light over...

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    Ill. lawmakers file bill to regulate ‘fracking’

    by  • February 21, 2013

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    (AP) — Two downstate lawmakers have introduced a bill to regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois. Marion Democratic state Rep. John Bradley and Olney Republican David Reis filed the bill today. Supporters of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” believe the bill has a good shot because it was negotiated by officials from industry...

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    Drew Peterson sentenced to 38-years

    by  • February 21, 2013

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    (AP) — A  judge Thursday sentenced former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson to nearly 40-years in prison, after earlier in the day refusing to gran the 59-year-old Peterson a new murder trial in the death of his third wife. The judge’s ruling came after Peterson’s current legal team argued for a new trial...

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