• Man arrested for “homicidal” Facebook threat

    by  • February 14, 2013

    Careful what you post on the internet, a Southern Illinois man is free on bond after allegedly threatening the life of a neighbor on Facebook. Thirty-five-year-old Lyle Payne of Franklin County is charged with harassment through electronic communication. Sheriff Don Jones described Monday’s posting as a “homicidal threat.” The threats were directed at one...

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    Bed space trumps security for IDOC

    by  • February 14, 2013

    prison overcrowding

    (AP) — A prison watchdog says “bed space is trumping security” in Illinois correctional facilities as officials announced they plan to set up temporary bed space in a half-dozen mostly medium-security prisons. The change was announced in a letter from the Illinois Department of Corrections to the main employee union, the American Federation of...

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    Rushville expands while Southern facilities close

    by  • February 14, 2013

    While Gov. Pat Quinn is closing prisons and state operated mental health facilities, his administration is expanding a specialized state lock-up for dangerous sex offenders. Earlier this month, says the Southern, the Illinois Department of Human Services said the detention facility for sexually violent persons in Rushville will get a $13 million makeover that...

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    Illinois Senate votes to legalize gay marriage

    by  • February 14, 2013

    (AP) The Illinois Senate has voted to legalize gay marriage, advancing a proposal that would make the state the 10th in the nation allowing same-sex couples to wed. In a 34-21 vote Thursday, lawmakers approved a measure to lift a state ban on same-sex marriage. The bill now moves to the House, where Democrats...

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    Coloring contest winner announced

    by  • February 14, 2013

    Color Contest Winner-1

    In cooperation with Executive Business Products, Rod Snow Real Estate and Family Video, Withers Broadcasting is pleased to announce local Pre-K student Ryleigh is the winner of our recent coloring contest. Ryleigh has won a basket full of goodies from Family Video and X95.3 FM! Keep tuned in for more contests and gifts from...

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    Crundwell taken into custody; nearly 20 year sentence

    by  • February 14, 2013

    FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2012 file photo, former Dixon, Ill., comptroller Rita Crundwell leaves a courtroom in Dixon with her attorney Paul Gaziano, left, after making her first appearance in the northern Illinois city to face charges she siphoned millions of dollars in public funds into a secret bank account. Crundwell was sentenced today to 19 1/2 years in prison for embezzling $53 million from the town of Dixon. (AP Photo/Sauk Valley Media, Alex T. Paschal, File)

    (AP) — U.S. Marshals immediately took former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell into custody after she was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for stealing more than $53 million from the city. The judge sentenced Crundwell on Thursday morning and wished her luck. Then a U.S. Marshal standing behind Crundwell in Rockford federal court...

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