• Centralia woman gets prison time for animal cruelty

    by  • July 3, 2014

    SALEM — A 44-year-old Centralia woman has been sentenced to prison for animals cruelty, after she allowed two dogs to starve to death when she left them behind in a rental home from which she had moved. Christy Schmidt was sentenced to two years in the Illinois department of corrections for felony aggravated cruelty...

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    Vandalia man charged with drug induced homicide

    by  • July 3, 2014

    EFFINGHAM — A 32-year-old Vandalia man has been charged in Effingham County court with Class X felony homicide in connection with the January overdose death of a 31-year-old Altamont man. Richard D. Marschke was charged with drug induced homicide for allegedly providing Jordan Kull with the heroin on which Kull later overdosed. State’s Attorney...

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    Ruling backs Illinois retirees on health benefits

    by  • July 3, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has sided with retired state employees who argue that health insurance premiums are a protected retirement benefit. The court’s 6-to-1 ruling Thursday reverses a lower court decision to dismiss a challenge to a government move forcing employees to pay for a portion of their own health care....

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    Tyson moving forward with Hillshire deal

    by  • July 2, 2014

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Tyson Foods Inc. has signed a definitive deal to purchase Hillshire Brands Co. for $7.75 billion, two days after the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs was let out of its agreement to buy Pinnacle Foods. Chicago-based Hillshire agreed to buy Pinnacle Foods Inc. for $4.23...

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    George Ryan released from court supervision

    by  • July 2, 2014

    KANKAKEE — Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan has finished a year of supervision following his release from home confinement last summer after a prison sentence for corruption convictions. Ryan was released from prison in January 2013 and was confined at home until last July. At the time his lawyer and friend former Gov. Jim...

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