• Griffith named CPD Officer of the Year

    by  • January 3, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Officer Curtis Griffith was named the Centralia Police Department’s Officer of the Year during this year’s annual Christmas Dinner.  Each year, current and retired members of the Department gather with their spouses to celebrate outstanding accomplishments and recognize those who have distinguished themselves.   Officer of the Year is awarded to that employee who best...

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    Illinois takes on Medicaid eligibility

    by  • January 3, 2013 • 0 Comments

    An outside vendor began work yesterday in Illinois to make sure only eligible residents receive Medicaid. State officials hope to verify the income and residency of the state’s $2.7 million Medicaid clients. An outside vendor started the work Wednesday. Reston, Va.-based Maximus Inc. was hired to improve the system, eliminate a backlog and make...

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    Illinois has 10th driest year in 2012

    by  • January 3, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Illinois received three-quarters of the normal level of precipitation last year, getting 30.4 inches across the state, 9.8 inches below normal. This made the year the 10th driest since record keeping began in 1895, according to the Illinois state water survey. State climatologist Jim angel says the timing of the drought, and the heat,...

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    CRA contract extended for Murray assessments

    by  • January 3, 2013 • 0 Comments

    The Department of Human Services responded to our story yesterday about Craigslist ads looking for people to open their homes to developmentally disabled people. According to DHS Spokeswoman Januari Smith-Trader, the state at this time has no contracts with LifeShare, or any other organization, for care of residents after the closure of the Warren...

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    Guns and gay marriage big topics for lawmakers

    by  • January 3, 2013 • 0 Comments

    An Illinois senate committee has approved restrictions on semiautomatic assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. One measure would ban the sale of semiautomatic handguns and rifles, and the second proposal would limit ammunition magazines to 10 or fewer rounds. Historically the Public Health Committee has leaned in favor of harsher gun laws. The bills...

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    Lawmakers still considering pension crisis

    by  • January 2, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Two Januarys ago, it was an income tax increase. This year, it could be a pension restructuring package that passes the Illinois general assembly under the cover of night. House Minority Leader Tom Cross says he believes speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) has the power to influence that sort of vote, which needs only a...

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