• BREAKING NEWS: Tentative agreement reached on state union contract

    by  • February 28, 2013

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    A tentative agreement has been reached on a state union contract.  Last night at approximately 12:30 a.m., the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) state bargaining committee reached a tentative agreement on a new contract with the Quinn Administration. Details of the tentative agreement will be released after the union’s membership...

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    Thursday last day for IDES in Centralia

    by  • February 27, 2013

    Thursday will be the last day the employment services office in Centralia will be open for service, as federal budget cuts have forced the closure of not only the Centralia facility, but six other similar offices across the state. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says that while it will not provide services at...

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    Small quake hits Southern Illinois

    by  • February 27, 2013

    A small earthquake was recorded Tuesday in southern Illinois. A magnitude 2.1 tremor was recorded in Pulaski County, about four miles southwest of Tamms. The last major quake to hit southern Illinois came on April 18, 2008 when a magnitude 5.2 quake centered near west Salem caused minor damage around the region.

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    Same sex marriage inches along in statehouse

    by  • February 27, 2013

    A committee in the Illinois House of Representatives has endorsed allowing Illinois gay and lesbian couples to marry. The house Executive Committee voted 6-5 last night to move a measure lifting the state’s ban on same-sex marriage to the floor. Chicago Democratic Rep. Greg Harris says his bill is a matter of treating gay...

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    Double murder trial moves forward for former Centralia Marine recuiter and sister

    by  • February 27, 2013

    Pre-trial hearings for a former Centralia Marine recruiter and his sister were held this morning in Macon County Court. The two siblings, 28-year-old Timothy Giles, of Centralia and August 2011 Harrisburg murders of 57-year-old Cindanett Eaton and her 23-year-old daughter Lindsey Eaton. They are also charged with the attempted murder of Cindanett’s other daughter,...

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    House supports southern lawmaker’s conceal carry bill

    by  • February 27, 2013

    Illinois is moving closer to having legal conceal carry legislation. The Illinois house completed seven hours of debate yesterday on the contentious issue of public gun possession by adopting a comprehensive plan long pushed by advocates. The 67-48 vote in favor of Rep. Brandon Phelps’s amendment doesn’t mean concealed-carry got house approval. The Harrisburg...

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