• Community care providers fear budget numbers

    by  • May 29, 2014

    Now that Illinois senators have seen what sort of budget can pass the House, it’s their turn to take a look at a spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1. Saturday is the planned adjournment of the General Assembly. In an appropriations committee hearing, Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) sounded a...

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    Bidding war ensues involving Pinnacle Foods

    by  • May 29, 2014

    Just days after Centralia City Manager Dan Ramey announced that Pilgrim’s Pride corporation had launched a $6.4 billion cash bid for Hillshire Farms, after Hillshire announced plans to purchase Pinnacle Foods, another company has offered to buy Hillshire at $5 per share higher than Pilgrim’s Pride.  Tyson Foods Co. is offering to buy Hillshire...

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    Illinois House votes to restore Medicaid cuts

    by  • May 29, 2014

    The Illinois House has voted to restore several cuts to Medicaid and to tack more than $1 billion in spending onto the current fiscal year’s budget. Senate Bill 741 would rollback several medicaid program reductions that were cut under sweeping Medicaid reforms approved in 2012. The bill would restore podiatry services and preventative dental...

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    Centralia couple arrested on meth charges

    by  • May 29, 2014

    A 31-year-old Centralia man and his 26-year-old wife are in the Marion county jail, after being charged in court Thursday  morning with a string of alleged methamphetamine related crimes. Daniel R.  and Jessica R. Murray are each facing five Class 2 felony charges for possession of meth manufacturing material; possession of less than 15...

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    Vietnamese interpreter needed in Fayette County pot case

    by  • May 28, 2014

    The Fayette County State’s Attorney’s Office is in need of a certified Vietnamese interpreter, for a felony cannabis case against a 41-year-old man from Memphis, Tennessee. Hieu Duc Nguyen was charged Tuesday in Fayette County court with Class 1 felony manufacture with the intent to deliver between 2,000 and 5,000 grams of cannabis, as...

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    Senate approves education funding overhaul

    by  • May 27, 2014

    The Illinois Senate approved sweeping changes Tuesday to the way the state funds public education. The measure, sponsored by state Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, would require the state to distribute public education funding based on each school district’s level of financial need. Since 1997, the state has divided $6.7 billion across a number...

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