• Mt. Vernon woman found dead, foul play not suspected

    by  • June 12, 2014

    MT. VERNON — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call around 7:30 Wednesday night, reporting a possibly deceased subject at 1323 North 12th Street in Mt. Vernon. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson Rural Fire Protection District, and Litton’s Ambulance personnel initially responded. A short time later, Illinois State Police Crime Scene...

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    Carlyle teacher honored as “best in field”

    by  • June 11, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — Nearly 30 top teachers from around Illinois were honored Wednesday at the governor’s mansion in Springfield, including one from our listening area. Carrie Toth, a teacher at Carlyle High School, received the Paul T. Griffith Illinois Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages Teacher of the Year Award from the Illinois Council on...

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    CUB warns about variable utility rate calculations

    by  • June 11, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — The Citizens Utility Board filed a petition with the Illinois Commerce Commission Wednesday asking it to look into suppliers charging variable rates without telling consumers how those rates are calculated. Cub Executive Director David Kolata says the problem isn’t necessarily variable rates, but a lack of transparency. Kolata says the message they...

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    Group seeks more time on mapmaking amendment

    by  • June 11, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — Top Illinois republicans are requesting that the State Board of Elections grant an extension to a group gathering signatures to take the political mapmaking process away from lawmakers. House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno asked the board Tuesday to give “Yes for Independent Maps” more time to...

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    Chicago state rep convicted in federal bribery case

    by  • June 11, 2014

    CHICAGO — A federal jury in Chicago has convicted Illinois state Rep. Derrick Smith of bribery for taking $7,000 from a purported day care operator. Jurors returned with their verdict Tuesday after deliberating about four hours over two days. At trial, prosecutors played secret recordings of the 50-year-old Chicago democrat allegedly accepting 70 $100...

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