• Illinois senators to consider 2 pension options

    by  • May 6, 2013

    State senators are expected to consider two possible paths toward addressing the nation’s worst pension crisis. One option is legislation approved in the Illinois House last week. That bill is sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan. It would require public employees to pay 2 percent more toward their retirement benefits. It would also reduce...

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    KC recognizes BCMW for business contribution

    by  • May 6, 2013

    Kaskaskia College has announced that BCMW Community Services of Centralia was recently given the Business and Industry Partnership Award. The partnership between BCMW and Kaskaskia College has provided significant benefits for both organizations and the community. It is a great example of how a community college and a community organization can work together to...

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    IDOC to honor fallen employees

    by  • May 6, 2013

    The Illinois department of corrections and the Illinois department of juvenile justice will pay tribute to fallen heroes and honor outstanding IDOC and IDJJ professionals of today. A memorial wall service and officer of the year ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the IDOC Memorial Wall at 13th and Carpenter streets...

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    Scenic, struggling S. Illinois braces for oil rush

    by  • May 6, 2013

    Southern Illinois residents are bracing for change as the state legislature considers a regulatory bill that could set off a rush to drill for oil and gas. The area includes two counties that have never had conventional oil or gas drilling, and its residents are deeply divided over what it could mean for their...

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