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Prisons Must Remain Open For Now
(Springfield, IL) -- Governor Quinn's administration has taken another blow. The state's appeals court has denied Quinn's request to overturn a temporary restraining order, which prevents him from closing Tamms and Dwight prisons, plus youth detention facilities and transitional centers across the state. The AFSCME labor union challenged Quinn's plan, claiming it puts prison worker at greater risk for danger. A southern Illinois judge issued the restraining order back in September and urged Quinn to hear the concerns of the union and negotiate a safety plan.
Chicago Woman Accused Of Kidnapping, Abandoning Baby
(Chicago, IL) -- A Chicago woman's plan to keep her boyfriend out of jail has backfired. T'Keyah Williams allegedly kidnapped and abandoned a baby last week. She's accused of taking the infant girl from her friend's home but when she discovered police were onto her, she allegedly left the baby outside, in a car seat, with a blanket over it. According to the
"Chicago Tribune," Williams took the baby because she wanted a judge to go easy on her boyfriend, who was facing drug charges. Williams is charged with one count of kidnapping and another for endangering the life of a child. She's now facing jail time herself.
Jacksonville Residents Line Up For State Rep Job
(Jacksonville, IL) -- Jacksonville Mayor Andy Ezard says he's not interested in replacing GOP state representative Jim Watson, but several other names have been tossed in the hat. Retiring Morgan County Circuit Judge Richard Mitchell, president of the Illinois Association of Realtors Michael Oldenettel, and Jacksonville alderman C. D. Davidsmeyer have reportedly been contacted by Republican county chairmen in the 97th Legislative District about filling the seat. Alderwoman Jenny Geirnaeirt says she was also contacted but decided the timing wasn't right. Watson's district includes Morgan, Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison and Pike Counties. The county chairmen's votes would be weighted based on the population in each county in the district.
Scammers Up Efforts After Hurricane Sandy
(Alton, IL) -- Scammers are using Hurricane Sandy as a way of tricking people out of money online. Cyber security companies are seeing a spike in spam messages that are using the words "hurricane," "Sandy," and "superstorm." Some of them offer loans, while others say you can help Sandy victims and get money for major retailers. Officials with the Better Business Bureau's say this isn't an uncommon trend; in fact, they say crooks and scammers typically up their efforts immediately after natural disasters. People who want to help Sandy victims are being urged to donate to credible organizations, like the Red Cross or another legitimate agency.
Miner Killed In Workplace Accident
(Saline County, IL) -- A southern Illinois miner was killed on the job over the weekend. Authorities are still trying to figure out what happened at the Willow Lake Mine early Saturday morning. Chad Meyers died after being caught between a continuous mining machine and the coal rib. The mine is closed pending the investigation.
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