• Worker hurt, building leveled in Carrier Mills plant blast

    by  • February 11, 2013

    (AP) — An explosion at a southern Illinois mining equipment repair site has hospitalized one worker and destroyed a building. Caterpillar spokesman Rusty Dunn says it’s not immediately clear what caused the blast this morning. It happened in an unattached paint building in Saline County village of Carrier Mills. The building was leveled. Dunn...

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    Cardinal George: Pope’s resignation shows courage

    by  • February 11, 2013

    (AP) Cardinal Francis George says Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign at the end of the month shows “great courage.” The 76-year-old cardinal is spiritual leader of the Archdiocese of Chicago, which serves more than 2 million Roman Catholics. In a statement today, George says the pope has always “placed the will of God...

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    Driver facilities closed for holiday

    by  • February 11, 2013

    Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all offices and driver services facilities will be closed tomorrow in observance of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.  All driver services facilities will reopen for regular business on Wednesday.  Individuals can visit the Secretary of State’s website, cyberdriveillinois.com, to change an address, register to become an organ and...

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    Early morning armed robbery in Mt. Vernon

    by  • February 9, 2013

    Just before 4 a.m. today, the Huck’s station on Second Street in Mt. Vernon was robbed at gun point, says a press release from the Mt. Vernon Police Department. The suspect is described as dark skinned, wearing dark blue jeans and a red shirt under a gray zip-up hooded jacket. The jacket has white...

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    Former RLC president pleads guilty

    by  • February 8, 2013

    After more than two years of continuous pre-trial hearings, the courtroom saga of former Rend Lake College President Mark Kern was brought to an end last month, with Kern agreeing in Franklin County Court to a plea bargain in which felony gun charges against him were dismissed. The 69-year-old Kern pleaded guilty to a...

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    State’s attorney to file murder charge in Menard death

    by  • February 8, 2013

    BREAKING NEWS: (AP) — A state prosecutor says his office is treating the Jan. 31 death of a southern Illinois prison inmate as a murder investigation. Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker told The Associated Press on Friday that he hasn’t decided on whether he will file criminal charges in the death of 25-year-old...

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