Local News for Sunday, August 11

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Published on August 12 2013 5:55 am
Last Updated on August 12 2013 5:55 am
Written by Greg Sapp

More information today regarding the alleged murder-for-hire scheme involving a Teutopolis woman. Police say Jennifer Inman paid $5,000 for someone to kill her ex-boyfriend. She also allegedly gave the would-be killer a map of the ex-boyfriend’s home, a back pack filled with glue, blue latex gloves, a black skull cap, a knife and two gel soles to put on his shoes so he could conceal the murder. Douglas County officials got word of the plot on Tuesday and worked with State Police to make the arrest. Inman could spend up to 40 years in prison if found guilty.

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   The St. Anthony Parish Picnic concludes a two-day run today. Sunday dinner of chicken or roasted pork, either barbecue or plain, will be served from 11am to 6pm with a loaded baked potato in the St. Anthony High School multi-purpose room. The grand prize is your choice of a 2013 Toyota Camry LE, a 2013 Dodge Dart, a 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup, or $17,500 in cash. Over 60 prizes will be given away, and there is a junior raffle, plus games for kids of every age, food stands, a fancy work stand and live music. Activities are scheduled until midnight tonight.

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   Illinois is honoring veterans and senior citizens at the State Fair. Veterans and their families won’t have to pay an admission charge to get into the fair today. Then on Monday, anyone over 60 will get in free. There’s a full lineup of events planned for each day. Check out the State Fair webpage for a full list of activities.

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   Money from a new two-dollar surcharge on license plate renewals is starting to reach state parks. The new charge began this year as a part of the DNR Sustainability Bill, which was passed by the General Assembly. It will provide a source of funding for parks for upkeep and other issues.

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   State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor in 2014, says Republicans need to do a better job reaching out to minorities and they need to be more tolerant of gays. He says both ethnic and religious minority groups don’t think Republicans care for their needs, partly because they never show up in their communities. When it comes to supporting gays, Rutherford says the party needs to evolve in certain areas. He says he supports civil unions, but he makes it clear that he doesn’t support gay marriage. He says there’s a line that you just don’t cross when it comes to religious issues and, in his view, gay marriage has a religious component that can’t be ignored.

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   Governor Quinn has just over a week to take action on a bill that bans teens from using tanning beds. If he signs the bill, no one under 18 would be allowed to tan under UV rays, but they would still be allowed to get a spray tan. Supporters of the idea cite a study conducted by the American Cancer Association. The study reveals people who frequently tan indoors are two to three times more likely to develop skin cancer than those who don’t. Some salon owners stood against the idea, though, claiming it’ll hurt their business.

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   Governor Pat Quinn is reviewing a bill to allow the speed limit along rural interstate highways in the state to go to 70MPH. Quinn isn’t saying if he’s going to sign the legislation despite overwhelming support in the House and Senate this spring. Illinois is among 16 states with a maximum 65MPH speed limit.

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   State lawmakers could go at least two more months without getting paid. Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says the courts may not have the situation resolved as soon as they think. Lawmakers are suing Governor Quinn because he slashed their salaries from the state budget, which means Topinka can’t cut their checks. A judge will hear from both sides on September 18.

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   Gas prices in Illinois remain high, but are starting to come down. According to IllinoisGasPrices.com, the average price of gas in Illinois is $3.71 a gallon.

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   The Homecoming Gospel Choir will be in concert at the Bethel Baptist Church in Vandalia today at 6pm. The Choir, featuring over 80 singers and musicians, is reminiscent of the Gaither Homecoming videos. Admission to the concert is free, but a love offering will be received. Bethel Baptist Church is located along Illinois Route 185, about eight miles west of Vandalia.

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   Trinity Lutheran Church in Shumway will be holding their annual ice cream social from 4 to 7 this evening. Barbecue, hot dogs, chips, pies, cakes, and homemade ice cream are on the menu. Proceeds will be divided equally between Trinity’s 150th Anniversary Committee and Shumway Freedom House, Food and Clothing Pantry through Enduring Freedom Ministries at the former Shumway Grade School building. There will be a free-will offering.

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   The annual bluegrass jam will take place today at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site near Charleston. Bluegrass and traditional musicians from Illinois and Indiana will converge at the site for a day of jamming. For more information, phone 217-345-1845.

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   The weekly Commissioner Office Hours will be held tonight at Effingham City Hall. Various commissioners take turns meeting with constituents on Sundays from 5 to 7pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall to discuss issues of concern to city residents.