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Headlines for Sunday, April 14, 2013

Forecasters are calling for very mild and breezy conditions today.  Wind gusts of over 30 mph are likely. Strong thunderstorms and locally heavy rainfall is possible from late Wednesday through Thursday as a frontal boundary approaches, then slowly moves across the area. Strong thunderstorms cannot be ruled out.

It will likely be September before the Illinois Supreme Court hears a lawsuit over imposing health insurance premiums on retired state government workers. A lower court ruled that insurance is not a pension benefit protected by the Illinois Constitution.  Lawmakers approved the premium plan last year to save money.

The Illinois House has given the green light to cut one of the state’s top jobs. House members passed a bill to eliminate the position of Lieutenant Governor.  If the Senate approves, voters will get a say on whether they want to change the Illinois Constitution. The move is being proposed to save money

The former police chief in Patoka, IL has been charged with two counts of official misconduct. 36-year-old Beau Frazier of Salem is accused of failing to turn over cash bail money for traffic tickets. He has been ordered to appear in court on April 30.

The 14th edition of the Wabash Ribberfest State Barbeque Championship has been set for April 26-27 in uptown Mt. Carmel.   The cook-off has traditionally been held in September, but was moved to April this year to attract more participants.

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