• Cairo man pleads not guilty to deadly bank robbery

    by  • June 11, 2014

    A 29-year-old southern Illinois man allegedly involved in a deadly bank robbery attempt appeared in federal court in Benton on Tuesday. James Watts’ arraignment came a week after the Cairo man was indicted on charges of attempted armed bank robbery resulting in death. Prosecutors say the death penalty could be an option if watts...

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    Fairfield track coach facing new charges in St. Clair County

    by  • June 11, 2014

    ST. CLAIR COUNTY — New charges have been filed against a Fairfield math teacher and track coach already accused of videotaping girls in the school’s locker room. As Timothy C. Going awaits trial on charges he installed a motion-activated camera in the Fairfield school’s girl’s locker room, more allegations of unlawful videotaping of underage...

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    Lawmakers look at Con-Con for campaign finance reform

    by  • June 10, 2014

    A Harvard law professor who is pushing a U. S. Constitutional Convention has told Illinois lawmakers there are built-in protections against extremes. During a committee hearing, state Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood) asked, if it would be possible for the delegates to say they think the best way to address Citizens United is to get...

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    Quinn approves $1.8 bil additional spending

    by  • June 10, 2014

    Illinois governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation allowing the state to spend an additional $1.8 billion in the current budget year. The measure passed the legislature before the general assembly adjourned for the spring last month. It adds to the $35.4 billion 2014 budget lawmakers approved last May. Representative Greg Harris is a Chicago...

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    Quinn signs “Cupcake Bill” into law

    by  • June 10, 2014

    Gov. Pat Quinn was in Troy Tuesday to sign the “Cupcake Bill” — the legislation inspired by the Madison County Health Department’s shut-down of a 12-year-old girl’s cupcake-making operation. Quinn signed sign House Bill 5354 during a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at the home of the Troy girl, Chloe Stirling. The bill prohibits state...

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    Dodds and Ina again look at school consoliation

    by  • June 10, 2014

    Two of Jefferson County schools are working on a new plan for consolidation. Last year, Dodds and Ina tried merging with Opdyke Belle Rive but the referendum didn’t get enough votes. Under the new plan, the districts want to drop Opdyke and try a two-school consolidation. Budget cuts in recent years have forced both...

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