• Summit warns of identity theft dangers

    by  • June 11, 2014

    MT. VERNON — Illinois state leaders are warning about the dangers of identity theft. On Tuesday, officials from the state comptroller’s office held a workshop in Jefferson County, educating residents about how to protect themselves. Last year, more than 13 million identities were stolen, up more than a million cases from the year before....

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    Poker run rallies can now keep more proceeds

    by  • June 11, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD — Charitable “poker run” motorcycle rallies will be able to keep more of their proceeds under a bill Gov. Pat Quinnsigned at a downstate Harley-Davidson dealership. In poker runs, riders typically pay an entry fee, then ride to a series of checkpoints throughout the day where they receive playing cards. The rider with...

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    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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