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Washington, D.C. – AN ILLINOIS CONGRESSMAN SAYS HE THINKS THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS IS COVERING UP THE NUMBER OF VETS ATTEMPTING SUICIDE.

PHIL HARE SAYS THERE ARE ABOUT ONE THOUSAND VETERANS A MONTH ATTEMPTING SUICIDE, EVEN THOUGH A MEMO FROM THE V-A SAID THAT NUMBER WAS ACTUALLY ONLY 38 SUICIDE ATTEMPTS A MONTH.

HARE SAYS THE V-A SHOULD ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IT NEEDS MORE MONEY FOR HEALTH CARE SERVICES.

Carbondale, IL – MEMORIAL HOSPITAL OF CARBONDALE'S BREAST CENTER HAS A NEW LOCATION. THE FACILITY OPENED ITS NEW OFFICE TODAY AT THE UNIVERSITY MALL.

DOCTOR RON MATTISON, A SURGEON AT THE BREAST CENTER, SAYS THE NEW FACILITY COMBINES SCREENING, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT UNDER ONE ROOF.

Marion, IL – SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT AGENCIES ARE URGING LEGISLATORS TO RESTORE THE CUTS MADE TO THEIR BUDGETS.

DURING A NEWS CONFERENCE THIS AFTERNOON AT ILLINOIS CENTRE MALL, FRANKLIN-WILLIAMSON HUMAN SERVICES C-E-O JOHN MARKLEY SAID THE GOVERNOR'S CUTS WOULD REDUCE THE BUDGET FOR HIS ALCOHOL AND DRUG TREATMENT PROGRAMS BY ALMOST HALF AND DEVASTATE HIS PREVENTION PROGRAMS BY 85%.

Chicago, IL – THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE IS CUTTING BACK ON ITS DELIVERIES TO SOUTHERN ILLINOIS...

MANY SUBSCRIBERS OUTSIDE OF THE CHICAGOLAND AREA WILL NO LONGER RECEIVE A PRINT VERSION OF THE STATE'S LARGEST PAPER. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRIBUNE SAYS SUBSCRIBERS WILL STILL BE ABLE TO RECEIVE A NEARLY IDENTICAL ELECTRONIC VERSION THROUGH THEIR COMPUTER. MAIL SERVICE IS ALSO AVAILABLE. BUT THE DAYS OF PICKING ONE UP AT THE NEWSSTAND MIGHT BE AT AN END.

Washington, D.C. – SOUTHERN ILLINOIS CONGRESSMAN JOHN SHIMKUS HAS FEW FINANCIAL WORRIES THIS ELECTION YEAR...

THE COLLINSVILLE LAWMAKER HAS $1.5 MILLION IN HIS RE-ELECTION FUND AS OF JULY FIRST, ACCORDING TO HIS LATEST FEDERAL DISCLOSURE REPORT. HE HAD ABOUT $198,000 IN CONTRIBUTIONS IN THE YEAR'S SECOND QUARTER AND SPENT ABOUT $86,000 ON OPERATIONS.

THE REPORT FOR HIS DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER DANIEL DAVIS OF CHATHAM IS NOT YET AVAILABLE. IN APRIL, DAVIS' FUND HAD JUST UNDER $1,400 AND DEBTS OF NEARLY $4,400.

Jackson County, IL – A POMONA MAN IS IN THE JACKSON COUNTY JAIL... BOOKED ON WEAPONS CHARGES AND POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY.

COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES SAY THEY ARRESTED 38-YEAR OLD GREG ROWE LAST WEDNESDAY, AFTER THEY SEARCHED HIS HOME AND FOUND STOLEN ITEMS AND WEAPONS.

INVESTIGATORS SAY THE STOLEN GOODS WERE FROM A RECENT BURGLARY ON JERUSALEM HILL ROAD. ROWE IS SCHEDULED TO BE IN COURT TO FACE CHARGES AUGUST FIRST.

Jackson County, IL – JACKSON COUNTY AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING FOR SUSPECTS IN THE THEFT OF GASOLINE FROM AN ADULT REHAB CENTER IN RURAL MURPHYSBORO.

SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES SAY SOMEONE SIPHONED THE FUEL FROM BUSES AT THE "START" FACILITY LAST WEEKEND. AFTER THAT... THE BUSINESS INSTALLED LOCKING GAS CAPS ON THE BUSES.

INVESTIGATORS SAY SOMEONE WENT TO THE "START" OFFICES AGAIN ON TUESDAY NIGHT, PRIED OFF ONE OF THE GAS CAPS AND STOLE ANOTHER 40-GALLONS OF GASOLINE.

Chicago, IL – IT WILL COME AS NO SURPRISE TO ANYONE THAT GAS PRICES ARE UP AGAIN IN ILLINOIS.

TRIPLE-A CHICAGO SAYS THE COST OF REGULAR UNLEADED GASOLINE IN THE STATE JUMPED $0.09 IN THE PAST MONTH, DRIVING THE AVERAGE COST OF A GALLON TO $4.21 THIS MONTH.

MOTORISTS ARE PAYING ABOUT $0.93 MORE A GALLON THAN THEY WERE LAST YEAR.

Chicago, IL – The Green Party convention this week in Chicago is bring together party faithful from across the country, many of whom are running for congressional and municipal seats.

Farheen (far-HEEN) Hakeem (ha-KEEM) hopes to become the first green candidate elected to the Minnesota legislature. She says being around other like-minded people at the convention has inspired her to continue to run no matter how big the obstacle is.

Carbondale, IL – AREA SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES ARE CALLING ON LAWMAKERS TO OVERRIDE THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET CUTS...

GOVERNOR BLAGOJEVICH VETOED MORE THAN 55-MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE STATE FUNDED SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT SYSTEM. THOSE DOLLARS ARE MATCHED ONE FOR ONE BY A FEDERAL BLOCK GRANT WHICH MEANS THE STATE STANDS TO LOSE MORE THAN 100-MILLION DOLLARS FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT.

Carbondale, IL – WILLIAMSON COUNTY AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING A FATAL CAR CRASH...

SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES SAY THE ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT OCCURRED FRIDAY AFTERNOON AROUND 4:30 ALONG FOWLER SCHOOL ROAD - A HALF MILE EAST OF OLD FRANKFORT ROAD.

THE NAME OF THE VICTIM IS NOT BEING RELEASED PENDING NOTIFICATION OF FAMILY.

INVESTIGATORS SAY IT APPEARS THE VEHICLE LEFT THE ROAD WAY AND STRUCK SEVERAL TREES.

Springfield, IL – A SOUTHERN ILLINOIS LAWMAKER IS DISAPPOINTED THE HOUSE ADJOURNED THURSDAY AFTER VOTING DOWN A KEY PART OF THE GAMING EXPANSION PLAN WHICH WOULD HAVE FUNDED MUCH OF THE CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION PROPOSAL.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE MIKE BOST OF MURPHYSBORO SAYS THE STATE NEEDS A CAPITAL BUDGET TO FUND IMPORTANT ROAD AND BRIDGE PROJECTS AND OTHER IMPORTANT EFFORTS SUCH AS THE TRANSPORTATION EDUCATION CENTER AT SIU-CARBONDALE.

Springfield, IL – THE TOP REPUBLICAN IN THE ILLINOIS HOUSE KNOWS IT LOOKS STRANGE TO BE ON THE SAME SIDE OF SOMETHING AS THE UNPOPULAR DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR, ROD BLAGOJEVICH.

BUT MINORITY LEADER TOM CROSS SAYS BLAGOJEVICH HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO BRING DOWN A SERIES OF BUDGET VETOES DURING THE SPECIAL SESSION. AND CROSS HOPES THE HOUSE LETS THE VETOES STAND.

Springfield, IL – ILLINOIS HOUSE LAWMAKERS WILL RETURN TO SPRINGFIELD NEXT WEEK TO CONSIDER RESTORING SOME OF THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET CUTS. BUT THE STATE SENATE WON'T BE JOINING THEM.

SENATE PRESIDENT EMIL JONES SAYS THAT CHAMBER HAS DONE ITS JOB. JONES WAS REFERRING TO REVENUE PROPOSALS THAT WOULD COVER MOST OF THE SPENDING IN THE STATE'S BUDGET.

Springfield, IL – SPRINGFIELD AREA LAWMAKERS SAY A STATE ANALYSIS OF A PROPOSED MOVE OF STATE TRANSPORTATION WORKERS SHOWS WHY THE IDEA SHOULD BE SCRAPPED.

THE GOVERNOR'S ANNOUNCED HE WANTS TO MOVE BETWEEN 100 AND 150 WORKERS FROM THE CAPITOL CITY TO HARRISBURG.

BLAGOJEVICH SAYS IT WOULD SAVE THE STATE MONEY IT'S PAYING IN RENT AND THAT THE MOVE HELP THE ECONOMY IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF ILLINOIS.

Carbondale – ILLINOIS GOVERNOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH IS FINALLY MAKING GOOD ON A PROMISE TO PROVIDE NEARLY 2-MILION DOLLARS FOR REPAIRS AT CARTERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL ...

STATE SENATOR GARY FORBY SAYS THE GOVERNOR THIS WEEK RELEASED THE FINAL PAYMENT. BLAGOJEVICH FIRST PROMISED THE MONEY IN SEPTEMBER OF 2006 FOLLOWING A TOUR OF THE SCHOOL.

THE GOVERNOR GAVE THE HIGH SCHOOL ITS FIRST 475-THOUSAND DOLLAR INSTALLMENT IN NOVEMBER OF 2006.

Carbondale – WITH THE TEMPERATURE EXPECTED TO BE NEAR 90 THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS, THE STATE IS OPENING MANY OF ITS BUILDINGS TO THOSE IN NEED OF PLACE TO COOL OFF...

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES SPOKESMAN TOM GREEN SAYS MORE THAN 120 STATE FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS AS COOLING CENTERS.

GREEN SAYS THE COOLING CENTERS ARE OPEN DURING NORMAL WEEKDAY BUSINESS HOURS FROM 8:30AM TO 4:30PM.

Springfield – THE ILLINOIS ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG DEPENDENCE ASSOCIATION SAYS THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET CUTS WILL TRANSLATE INTO A LOSS OF MORE THAN 100-MILLION DOLLARS FOR DRUG AND ALCOHOL TREATMENT PROGRAMS IN THE STATE...

Carbondale – THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET CUTS WILL MEAN A LOSS OF NEARLY FIVE MILLION DOLLARS FOR CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES IN THE SOUTHERN ILLINOIS REGION...

SEVEN PRISONS AND TWO YOUTH CAMPS WILL BEAR THE BRUNT OF THE REDUCTIONS.

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SCORELOGIX SAYS IT HAS DEVELOPED A JOB SECURITY SCORE THAT CAN PREDICT AN INDIVIDUAL'S JOB AND INCOME LOSS RISK USING PERSONAL DATA AND ECONOMIC FACTORS WHICH IMPACT A PERSON'S JOB PROSPECTS.

Springfield, IL – LEADERS OFFICIALLY CUT THE RIBBON ON THE SIMMONS-COOPER CANCER INSTITUTE AT SIU'S MEDICAL SCHOOL IN SPRINGFIELD TODAY.

THE $21.5 MILLION FACILITY WILL HOUSE STATE-OF-THE-ART DIAGNOSTIC AND TREATMENT EQUIPMENT, AND PROVIDES A MORE COMFORTABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR PATIENTS. IT ALSO HOLDS RESEARCH FACILITIES, SO THAT RESEARCH, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT CAN ALL HAPPEN UNDER ONE ROOF.

Springfield, IL – Governor Rod Blagojevich has sliced nearly one and a half billion dollars from the state's budget....

The cuts range from health care programs to public transit systems to higher education. The governor says he was forced to wield the budget axe because the spending plan the general assembly approved was unbalanced.

West Frankfort – THE U-S POST OFFICE IN WEST FRANKFORT MAY SOON CARRY THE NAME OF ITS HOME-TOWN CONGRESSMAN AFFECTIONATELY KNOWN AS THE "PRINCE OF PORK"...

Springfield, IL – THE HOUSE HAS FIXED LEGISLATION THAT PROMPTED GOVERNOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH TO HALT ONGOING CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS EARLIER THIS WEEK.

THE BILL AUTHORIZES THE GOVERNOR TO CONTINUE PAYING CONTRACTORS ON $30 MILLION IN PROJECTS THAT ARE UNDER WAY. IT ALSO ADDED $25 MILLION FOR ``EMERGENCIES'' - INCLUDING THIS WEEK'S FAILURE OF THE
AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM AT THE EXECUTIVE MANSION.

Springfield, IL – Illinois House lawmakers have defeated a plan to expand gambling as a way to pay for construction needs.

The package would drastically change the gambling landscape in Illinois, giving Chicago a casino and adding two more in the state. But as was expected the measure fell far short of passing, leaving the future of a so called capital program more uncertain than ever.

Springfield, IL – THE ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIATION HAS COME OUT FOR THE ABOLITION OF THE DEATH PENALTY.

THE LAST ILLINOIS EXECUTION WAS IN 1999 AT THE TAMMS CORRECTIONAL CENTER. SINCE THEN, A MORATORIUM SUPPORTED BY TWO GOVERNORS HAS BEEN IN PLACE, BUT THE DEATH PENALTY IS STILL IN THE STATUTE BOOKS, AND CONVICTS ARE STILL SENT TO DEATH ROW.

Springfield, IL – THE WEST NILE VIRUS IS NOT MAKING A MAJOR IMPACT IN ILLINOIS SO FAR THIS SUMMER...BUT HEALTH OFFICIALS WARN THAT MAY CHANGE.

BATCHES OF MOSQUITOES TESTING POSITIVE FOR THE WEST NILE VIRUS HAVE BEEN FOUND IN JACKSON AND FIVE OTHER ILLINOIS COUNTIES...AND NOW BIRDS HAVE BEEN FOUND WITH THE VIRUS IN WINNEBAGO COUNTY.

THAT'S LESS THAN REPORTED AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR. BUT STATE PUBLIC HEALTH SPOKESPERSON MELANEY ARNOLD SAYS THE RECEDING FLOODWATERS COULD CREATE MORE MOSQUITO PROBLEMS.

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