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Governor hopefuls clash over taxes at debate

Governor hopefuls clash over taxes at debate

CHICAGO (AP) – The candidates for Illinois governor clashed over taxes during their first televised debate Thursday night. Democrat J.B. Pritzker says he wants to change Illinois’ flat tax to a graduated system, in which the highest earners are taxed at a higher rate than middle-class and low-income households. But he won’t say what the…Read more »

Final Day to Make Entries Into Little Egypt Festival Parade

Friday is the final day to return entry forms for the October 6th Little Egypt Festival Parade.  The parade entry forms are available at the eastside security desk at the courthouse or at the WJBD studios at 310 West McMackin. There will be a mandatory meeting set for all those entered in the parade to…Read more »

2018 09/22 – Carl Wayne Cox

2018 09/22 – Carl Wayne Cox

Carl Wayne Cox, age 86, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Wednesday morning, September 19, 2018, at Terre Haute Regional Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana.  Carl served in the US Army in Korea from 1952-1954.  He worked at Hayes & Smith John Deere Implements and later owned Agri-Mart John Deere with his brothers Charles and Larry.  He…Read more »

Madigan: ‘I didn’t do enough’ to combat sexual harassment

Madigan: ‘I didn’t do enough’ to combat sexual harassment

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says combatting sexual harassment in the Capitol has become a “personal mission” but he wishes he’d acted sooner to “correct past mistakes.” The Chicago Democrat spoke out Thursday in a Chicago Tribune op-ed . A string of Democratic lawmakers and workers in Madigan’s political and government…Read more »

Illinois gets $44M in federal funds to fight opioid abuse

Illinois gets $44M in federal funds to fight opioid abuse

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Illinois has been awarded a $43.5 million federal grant to fight opioid abuse. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that the Illinois portion is part of more than $1 billion the agency distributed to all states as part of its five-point opioid strategy. Illinois will get about…Read more »

Judge denies class-action status in gender-based pay dispute

Judge denies class-action status in gender-based pay dispute

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A federal judge has refused to grant class-action status to a lawsuit alleging wage discrimination against female doctors at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The State Journal-Register in Springfield reports the case, initiated by former SIU surgeon Dr. Sajida Ahad and joined by four other female doctors, will proceed after…Read more »

Prosecutors rest in Chicago officer’s trial

Prosecutors rest in Chicago officer’s trial

CHICAGO (AP) – Prosecutors have called their last witness and rested their case in the murder trial of a Chicago police officer in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Prosecutors made the announcement Thursday afternoon shortly after a use of deadly force expert testified that he did not believe the 2014 shooting was…Read more »

Retired Illinois priest faces deportation over illegal vote

Retired Illinois priest faces deportation over illegal vote

GODFREY, Ill. (AP) – A retired Episcopal priest in southwestern Illinois is facing deportation to his native England for what he says was mistakenly voting 12 years ago. Sixty-nine-year-old Rev. David Boase of Godfrey says his illegal voting was discovered after he applied for U.S. citizenship. He moved to the country in 2004 to become…Read more »