• Dillard would roll back portion of gas tax

    by  • January 20, 2014 • 0 Comments

    State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) would keep the per-gallon motor fuel tax in place, but would roll back 70 percent of the 5 percent state portion of the sales tax on gasoline. At today’s price ($3.39 average statewide), that would save consumers about 12 cents a gallon, assuming the saving is passed along to...

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    Carterville boy who fell through ice identified

    by  • January 20, 2014 • 0 Comments

    A 12-year-old boy died Sunday after falling through ice on a lake off arbor drive in Carterville. A second boy was rescued by neighbors. Williamson County Coroner Michael “Junior” Burke said the boy drowned. He was pronounced dead 6:16 p.m. at Herrin Hospital. He has been identified as Justin Johnson-Stewart. Authorities said Stewart was...

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    Upcoming GA session politically driven

    by  • January 20, 2014 • 0 Comments

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The legislative session that begins later this month is expected to be more politically driven than last year’s because of the looming election. Tax questions are expected to dominate the agenda as lawmakers return to Springfield Jan. 28. Upcoming issues include what to do about the pending expiration of the temporary...

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    Marion County senior exemption forms mailed

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    Marion County Supervisor of Assessments Patty Brough has announced the 2014 homestead renewal forms and senior assessment freeze forms were mailed Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. Senior citizens 65-years or older in 2014 who are owners of record, responsible for paying property taxes and who occupy the property as their principle residence are eligible for...

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    Centralia power outage sets of sirens

    by  • January 20, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Centralia authorities are reporting a large switch was blown at an Ameren substation on Wabash near Mitchell street and was the cause of a sudden power outage in Centralia just before 9 o’clock Monday morning. Many Centralia residents are reporting they heard a loud “boom” in the Centralia industrial area just before losing power...

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