• Manhunt in Marion County for escaped felon

    by  • March 12, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Area law enforcement, including Marion County Sheriff’s deputies and Illinois State Police, along with ESDA officials have been searching for a 22-year-old Kell man Wednesday, after he fled a vehicle taking him to report to jail so he could begin serving a 25-year prison sentence. John Morton reportedly jumped from his father’s vehicle and...

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    Final hearings set on U.S. 51 expansion

    by  • March 10, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Some area property owners received letters last week from the Illinois Department of Transportation indicating their property is within the right-of-way limits of one of the remaining route alternatives for the expansion of U.S. Highway 51 to a four-lane highway. A series of public hearings will be held to present the remaining route alternatives...

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    Inmates attack four officers at Pinckneyville prison

    by  • March 9, 2014 • 0 Comments

    According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, four correctional officers at Pinckneyville Correctional Center were attacked Sunday morning by multiple inmates, with three of the officers being driven to an area hospital for treatment. IDOC spokesman Tom Shaer says the incident began at 10:10 a.m., when inmates were being walked back to their cells...

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    Gas prices rising sharply in Illinois

    by  • March 6, 2014 • 0 Comments

    The price of gasoline has been rising sharply in Illinois. The statewide average is now $3.70, up 34 cents over the last month, according to the triple-a daily fuel gauge report. Triple-A spokesman Beth Mosher says the increase is because the switch to the summer fuel formula is under way, and because the weather...

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    IDOT seeking additional funds after harsh winter

    by  • March 6, 2014 • 0 Comments

    The Illinois Department of Transportation is asking lawmakers for another $47 million to cover the costs of the especially harsh winter. Tony Small is the agency’s director of finance and administration. He told a House committee Wednesday that this winter has “impacted IDOT operations tremendously.” The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the extra costs include...

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