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Congress Working On Five Year Farm Bill
(Springfield, IL) -- Congressman Aaron Schock says he's optimistic that a new Farm Bill will be passed soon. He says the House and Senate have reached a deal on the food and nutrition program, which was part of the hang-up during the Farm Bill debate last year. Schock says now they're working on a few smaller issues that impact southern crops. As far as crop insurance, Schock believes the current program will stay in-tact.
Convicted Killer On Loose From Cook Co. Jail
(Chicago, IL) -- Authorities say a convicted killer from an Indiana prison is on the loose after his apparent accidental release from Cook County Jail. The "Tribune" says Sheriff's officials released Steven Robbins Wednesday night after drug and gun charges against him were dismissed. He was in Cook County Jail because of his court date but was supposed to
be transferred back to Indiana. He's now the focus of a search by the FBI and the U.S. Marshals.
Quincy Mail Processing Center Closing
(Quincy, IL) -- The mail processing center in Quincy will be shut down tomorrow. The U.S. Postal Service has confirmed the shutdown of the facility on 48th Street and Wisman Lane, as part of its effort to save money. Mail will now be processed at the Springfield, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri, and Columbia, Missouri locations. The twenty-seven workers at the facility will be reassigned. Others have chosen to retire.
Number Of Gaming Terminals In IL Mushrooms
(Undated) -- More than two-thousand video gaming terminals were operating across Illinois by the end of 2012. That's according to a report by the state's Gaming Board. Jacksonville had the most of any Illinois community with 25. Springfield had 30 gaming terminals and Sangamon County had 15. Legalized gaming in Illinois began in September with a mere 61 terminals.
Drive Safe During Super Bowl Weekend
(Springfield, IL) -- Four people were killed on Illinois roads last year on Super Bowl Sunday. This year law enforcement officials say they'll be out in full force, cracking down on those who get behind the wheel drunk. State officials say be sure to plan ahead and have a designated driver if you plan on drinking.
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