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>>New Law Makes Jobs For Disabled A Priority
(Chicago, IL) -- A new law guaranteed people with disabilities get a fair look when they're trying to get a job with the state. Governor Quinn signed the "Employment First Act" yesterday. It requires all state agencies to make employment for people with disabilities a priority. The law is designed to ensure they have the dignity of getting a good paying job and earning a decent living. A task force will monitor progress to make sure the agencies are meeting the objectives of the law.
>>Illinois In Top Three For Fighting Corruption
(Chicago, IL) -- Illinois is one of the best in the nation when it comes to fighting corruption. But Andy Shaw, with the Better Government Association, says that's not something to boast about. The BGA's new index report reveals Illinois gets a "C-minus" when it comes to dealing with
things like making sure government informs the public of open meeting, puts important information online, cutting back on pay to play, and keeping an eye on padded payrolls. The state logged 68-point-five points out of 100, coming in third of all the 50 states. Only Rhode Island and New Jersey got better grades, but none reached 70-percent.
>>Sexual Predator On The Loose
(Alton, IL) -- A sexual predator is on the loose. Officials say 40-year old Frederick Buettner [[ Byoot-ner ]] left an East St. Louis half-way house back on July 8th and hasn't been seen since. He's spent the past nine years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of raping his young daughter. He is a white male, with long hair and a full beard, about 5-foot-11-inches tall, and weighs about 155 pounds. Anyone who has information on where he might be should contact police.
>>Cooling Centers Open In Central Illinois
(Bloomington, IL) -- Cooling centers are now open in Central Illinois to help people beat the heat. Temperatures are expected be in the 90's for the rest of the week but the heat index will soar above 100-degrees. Excessive heat can lead to heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Officials say people should drink plenty of water and stay hydrated during the heat spell. If you don't have air conditioning in your home, contact your local Red Cross to find a cooling center near you.
>>Teen Out Of Jail After Killing His Mother
(Paris, IL) -- The Paris, Illinois teenager convicted of stabbing his mother to death is out of jail. In his first television interview, Terry Payton tells WTHI-TV in Terre Haute, Indiana that he's trying to get his second degree murder conviction overturned. The 18-year old stabbed his mother to death this past spring. He and his supporters say his mom was a chronic alcoholic who physically abused Payton his entire life and if he hadn't killed her that day, she would've killed him. Still, Payton faces up to 20 years behind bars for the crime.
>>Two Injured When Food Truck Slips Off Road
(Orient, IL) -- Two people are recovering after a Schwan's delivery truck slipped off the road and landed upside down. It happened near Orient, Illinois yesterday afternoon, about a mile and a half north of Franklin Avenue. Officials say the driver and the passenger were seriously injured in the crash. Both were flown to hospitals in Evansville, Indiana for treatment.
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