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Alan Madden Gravesite, Jeff Dorsey
Alan Madden Gravesite, Jeff Dorsey

Little Alan Madden to Be Remembered Tomorrow Night

It was the morning of January 11, 1981 and 5-year-old Alan Madden awakened to what unfortunately would be the final day of his life. What happened to this little defenseless boy goes beyond description. At the age of 5, little Alan was beaten to death by his mother, Pamela Berg, and her boyfriend from Peoria, James Crain.  Both were tried and convicted.

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Joe Raedle, Getty Images
Joe Raedle, Getty Images

New Illinois Law Prohibits Hand Held Cell Phone Usage While Driving

January 1 will be here before you know it and when it arrives, you better not call someone to wish them a “Happy New Year” on your hand-held cell phone if you are driving in the State of Illinois. A new law will go into effect on January 1 where Illinois motorists could face a $75 fine if they are caught using their cellphone without a hands-free device.

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Getty Images

No More Dogs Behind the Wheel Soon in Illinois

The days of fido sitting in the lap of a driver in the State of Illinois may be coming to an end. There is a proposed bill in Illinois that would make it illegal for pets to be in the lap of a driver of a moving vehicle.

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Getty Images

Zero Fatalities in Brown County

On Monday, the Illinois State Police and the Brown County Sheriff's Department will hold a joint event in Mt. Sterling to highlight the fact that Brown County recorded zero fatalities in 2012.  

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Getty Images

Even The Illegal Immigrants Don’t Want a Driver’s License

A few weeks ago I went off about the State of Illinois wanting to give illegal immigrants a driver's license, something the Illinois Senate eventually voted to allow to happen. Now comes word that many illegal immigrants don't want the license. Gee, I wonder why?  

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Photo By: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Photo By: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Drought 2012 – Will There Be Jack-O-Lanterns in Quincy This Halloween?

What’s Halloween without a pumpkin? Come fall, will there be any pumpkins in Quincy, following this summer's drought?

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Photo By: Phil Walters/Getty Images
Photo By: Phil Walters/Getty Images

Illinois Cigarette Taxes Raised a Buck

Let me start out by saying I don't smoke and right now I am really glad I don't.  Effective yesterday (June 24) the new Illinois tax rate on cigarettes went up one dollar a pack.

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Photo by: Dale Boyer
Photo by: Dale Boyer

Casino for Quincy? Don’t Hold Your Breath!

Ok, I am on record for saying the City of Quincy blew it years ago when it didn't pursue the idea of having a gambling casino. The city council voted down the idea and then Mayor Chuck Scholz was against it as well. Well, since then

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Roadside Giraffe
Roadside Giraffe

Roadside Grass Getting Taller

We are now getting into the traveling season with schools letting out soon if not already. That means more and more families will be in the car heading somewhere. Many will be using 4-lane highways to get to their destination.

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