Illinois Budget Cuts Would Harm Children in Poverty

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Child advocates releasing an annual report say Illinois state budget cuts would hurt children who live in poverty.
 
The report by Voices for Illinois Children released Thursday found that poverty among Illinois children remains high. It warns that longer-term economic issues are keeping the trend going. 
 
The report said that about 21 percent of Illinois children lived in households below the poverty level in 2013. 
 
One author of “Illinois Kids Count 2015″ says deep cuts proposed for next year’s state budget would be “very harmful” to children
 
Larry Joseph says Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget could push working parents deeper into poverty. He cited a proposed freeze on help for school-age children in the state’s child-care program. 
 
Rauner’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Old Wamac City Hall To Be Torn Down This Month

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The old Wamac City Hall and the five remaining trailers at the Parkview Trailer Park should be torn down and removed by the end of the month.  

The city council has awarded S and S Excavating of Scheller a contract to do the work.  They will be paid $11,500 to tear down the old city hall building and $4,625 to remove the final trailers at the former mobile home park.  S and S will have to show receipts where the debris from the demolition was taken to a licensed landfill.  

An earlier attempt to clean up the old trailer park ended when the person hired was caught illegally dumping some of the materials.  The Illinois EPA initially held the city responsible, a problem they don’t want to see repeated.   Wamac plans to keep the property at the former city hall location and use it as a public works yard. 

If Governor Bruce Rauner is able to cut the share of income tax going to city governments by 50-percent, Wamac would lose $58,650.  The board wrote a letter to the Governor opposing the plan.  

The board approved raises for city employees.  Part-time workers will receive 25-cents an hour, full-time workers 50-cents an hour and the supervisor and police chief 75-cents an hour.   The city will continue to pick up the full cost of health insurance for city workers.  The board was told the cost of the insurance would be increasing $327 a month.  

The annual Easter Egg hunt in the Wamac Park has been set for April fifth.   

Icy Road Causes Driver To Collide With Salem Squad Car

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A Salem Police officer complained of minor injuries, but required no hospital treatment following a two vehicle crash on Roddy Road at Boone Street Tuesday morning.  

Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say Salem officer Larry Kelly was stopped in his squad car on Roddy Road at Boone when his car was struck in the rear by 34-year-old Tiffany Day of Mills Crossing in Salem.  Day reportedly lost control on a portion of the pavement that was a solid sheet of ice.  She escaped injury.  

No citations were issued in the wreck.  It occurred at 7:34 Tuesday morning.  

Centralia Man Arrested for January Residential Burglary and Theft at Centralia Home

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Bond has been set at $25,000 for a 34-year-old Centralia man who has been formally charged in Marion County Court with residential burglary and theft.  

Matthew Hall of Junction Avenue is accused of entering the home of Chad Boyce on North Walnut Street in Centralia on January 22nd and taking movies and video games.  Centralia Police earlier learned Hall had pawned the items.  He was arrested on Tuesday on the new charges as well as on outstanding Marion and Clinton County warrants.  

Hall had the public defender appointed to represent him.  He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim or his home if released from jail on bond. 

29-Year-Old Rural Sandoval Man Found Dead In His Home

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The Marion County Coroner’s Office and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating the death of a 29-year-old rural Sandoval man as an apparent accidental drug overdose.
 
Deputy Coroner Carl Dunn pronounced Joshua D. Speiser of Cemetery Road in Sandoval deceased just after eleven Tuesday morning.
 
Coroner Troy Cannon, who also responded to the scene, says that evidence indicates the use of an illicit substance.  However, results of pending toxicology samples will be used to determine the exact cause of death.
 
The Day/Macz Funeral Home in Sandoval is assisting the Speiser family with arrangements.

Hoyleton Grade School To Be Annexed Into Nashville Grade

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The Regional Board of School Trustees for Clinton, Marion and Washington Counties has unanimously voted to annex the entire Hoyleton Grade School District into the Nashville Grade School District.  

The Hoyleton Grade School Board had sought the annexation based on declining enrollment and issues with the school building.  However, not all Hoyleton District residents were happy with the move.  

The lawyer representing those against the annexation, Gary Unverfehrt, felt other school districts should have been considered and they were left disillusioned by the entire process.  He was pushing for the portion of the Hoyleton District in the Centralia High School District to be dissolved into the North Wamac or Irvington Grade School District.  

The attorney for the Hoyleton and Nashville Grade School Districts, Brandon Wright, noted the law gave the Regional School Trustees discretion based on the testimony provided.  

Regional Superintendent of Schools Keri Garrett noted the vote Tuesday night was only on where Hoyleton Grade School would be annexed and not on actually dissolving the district.  

The vote by the Regional School Trustees concluded a public hearing on the process.  

Southeastern Container to Close Effingham Bottle Factory

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Effingham City Administrator Jim Arndt says the city will be “reaching out” to the company to recoup about $100,000 in tax incentives. The city gave the incentives to the company to keep the plant open.

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