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Government
6:45 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Dem IL Congressional Candidate Pushing for Brookport Levee Repairs, Looks to Unseat Shimkus

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Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representative’s 15th District, Eric Thorsland told residents in Brookport he wants to see funds put into the village’s levee repairs.

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Society
6:55 am
Wed June 11, 2014

New Law Passed on Poker Runs in Illinois

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Charity Poker Runs are now under the control of local county governments in Illinois. The law simplifies the permitting process and reduces the fee for charity poker runs to a maximum of 25-dollars.  

Pokers Runs typically involve five pre-determined stops where participants on some sort of vehicle, often motorcycle, draw a playing card or a colored marble in an effort to build a winning poker hand. Governor Pat Quinn signed the Poker Runs law Tuesday at a Harley-Davidson dealership in Marion.  

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Weather
7:09 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Severe Weather Sweeps Through Western KY and Southern IL

Funnel Clouds were spotted in several communities in our region last night.
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Communities throughout western Kentucky and southern Illinois are contending with high water, hail damage, and downed trees this morning following severe storms that passed through our region last night. 

Residents in Beulah in Hopkins County reported a large funnel cloud at about 7:30 p.m., and a large wedge-shaped tornado close to a mile wide was reported in Christian an hour later.  Winds of up to 70 miles an hour were recorded near Elkton in Todd County. 

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Society
8:11 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Illinois Residents Have Highest Rate of Discontent

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Half the people in Illinois are eager to move to another state, according to a new Gallup poll. The Land of Lincoln has the highest rate of discontentment among the states.

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Government
4:43 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

$7M Announced for Ill. Non-Violent Offender Program

Illinois officials say the $7 million announced for efforts to move incarcerated non-violent offenders into community-based programs comes from the state's general revenue fund.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the money Sunday, saying community programs save money and are shown to produce better results in rehabilitating non-violent offenders.

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Government
7:08 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Quinn Travels IL Announcing Grants And Refunds

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn took part in his second tour around the state this week signing legislation refunding money to taxpayers and announcing capital investments.

Quinn began his day by signing legislation in East Alton that returned more than $8 million dollars from a now defunct hospital to property owners in southwest Illinois.

In Springfield the Quinn announced a capital investment to expand the Prairie Capitol Convention Center.

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Environment
7:11 am
Tue November 5, 2013

IL Rains Helping Soil Recovery

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Illinois' state climatologist says late-October rains helped restore soil moisture after three exceptionally dry months.

Climatologist Jim Angel says a near-normal 3 point 2 inches of precipitation fell in October, most of it in the last few days of the month.

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Politics
9:13 am
Tue October 29, 2013

IL Lawmakers Promote Survey And Budgeting Model

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Two Illinois state senators say they want "partisan bickering" over the state's budget to be put aside.

Democrat Dan Kotowski and Republican Pam Althoff are holding a news conference today in Chicago to announce the findings of a study on what Illinois taxpayers' want.

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Government
4:18 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Topinka Unveils New Financial Records Database

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Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has launched a public database that puts local government financial information and tens of thousands of other records online.

Topinka's office is calling the database "The Warehouse" and says it will include information from  counties, municipalities and special taxing districts across Illinois.

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Politics
7:36 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Thousands Expected At Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Rally

Thousands of disappointed Illinois residents are expected at the state Capitol to rally for same-sex marriage.

Organizers say several thousand people are expected to take part in today's "March on Springfield." The grassroots effort is urging lawmakers to pass same-sex marriage legislation.

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