• Rauner names Effingham executive as director of DCEO

    by  • February 13, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner has named a 55-year-old Effingham man to lead the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Rauner has selected Jim Schultz as director of DCEO. Schultz’s experience in agribusiness and as a banking entrepreneur gives him the breadth of knowledge to develop and support businesses across the State of...

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    Jury convicts Centerville man of murder

    by  • February 12, 2015

    EDWARDSVILLE (AP) — A jury has convicted a man of first-degree murder in connection in the beating death of a man whose body was found in a southwestern Illinois state park. The Madison County jury convicted 43-year-old Scottie Thompson of Centreville Thursday in the August 2013 slaying of 20-year-old Dakota Jones of Cahokia. Authorities...

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    Rauner’s choice to lead IDOT has DUI conviction

    by  • February 12, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s nominee to head the Illinois Department of Transportation was arrested for drunken driving in 2004. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports Randy Blankenhorn failed a blood alcohol content test during a traffic stop in Sangamon County. According to court records, Blankenhorn pleaded guilty to DUI and...

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    Standard City couple arrested in Marion County on meth related charges

    by  • February 12, 2015

    MARION COUNTY — Marion County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Standard City couple on meth related charges. According to Marion County Sheriff Rich Stevenson, his office received information that 36-year-old Joseph Pocklington and his 24-year-old wife Alexandra Pocklington were having individuals in Marion County purchase pseudoephedrine for them and would then pay them $30...

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    Eight from Franklin county indicted in federal court on narcotics charges

    by  • February 12, 2015

    BENTON — A federal grand jury in Benton has indicted eight Franklin County residents with narcotics-related offenses. Those charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine are 43-year-old Jonathan Brent Eldridge, of Zeigler, and 27-year-old Jessica R. Ghan, of West Frankfort. Five individuals were charged with possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent that it be used...

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