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The lockdown at Hillsboro High School is over. Sometime before 10 AM school officials say someone found a loose bullet in the building. The school was placed on lockdown, but officials said it was only as a precaution. During the lockdown, authorities performed a search of the school, but never discovered a weapon. The lockdown was lifted after 1 PM.

Friday, 17 January 2014 14:38
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CHICAGO (AP) - The question of raising the minimum wage, both in Illinois and nationally, has emerged as a significant 2014 campaign issue. Gov. Pat Quinn and other Democrats are pushing to raise the state's minimum wage of $8.25 per hour, and most Republicans oppose the idea, arguing it could push employers to actually cut jobs. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.
 
Here are edited excerpts of what Illinois' six gubernatorial candidates told The Associated Press about where they stand on the issue:
DEMOCRATS:
GOV. PAT QUINN, CHICAGO: "People are making $8.25 an hour in Illinois. That's not enough in my book ... How are we going to treat folks in our society who do some of the hardest jobs imaginable, get paid very, very modest wages we need to raise?"
 
TIO HARDIMAN, HILLSIDE: "The minimum wage should be raised to at least $12.00 per hour. However, we have to eliminate the (corporate) Head Tax or cut the Head Tax by 50 percent in Illinois before increasing the minimum wage."
 
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REPUBLICANS:
STATE SEN. BILL BRADY, BLOOMINGTON: "I believe the state and federal minimum wage rates need to be paired. I support a moratorium on increases in the Illinois minimum wage until such a time that the federal rate has caught up with our state rate."
 
STATE SEN. KIRK DILLARD, HINSDALE: "In an environment where jobs could possibly be negatively impacted, increasing the minimum wage is unwise ... Illinois cannot take the chance that more people will be out of work because of a minimum wage increase. Small businesses will be impacted the most and these are the very businesses that employ the bulk of Illinois residents."
 
BUSINESSMAN BRUCE RAUNER, WINNETKA: "Without action from Washington (to raise the federal minimum wage), I would favor increasing Illinois' minimum wage if we also adopt creative solutions to avoid further damage to our state's already shattered business climate. That can be done by providing incentives to small businesses to help offset the added costs. It can be done through workers' compensation reform, tort reform and elimination of other impediments to job growth."
 
STATE TREASURER DAN RUTHERFORD, CHENOA: "I believe every American should be able to make as much money as possible, legally and ethically. State government should not put an artificial cost of doing business, increase on a business, church or local unit of government."
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Crime statistics for St. Louis County have been released and police chief Tim Fitch is pleased with the results. Serious crime in the areas under protection of the St. Louis County Police Department has decreased in 2013 from that of 2012.
Index crime statistics comparing 2012 to 2013 in unincorporated St. Louis County and the municipalities served by County officers show an overall reduction of 7.4 percent.
The 2013 report represents an overall crime reduction for the fifth straight year, and the lowest crime total since 1969.
There were eight homicides reported in both 2012 and 2013, but the number of rapes increased
by 126-percent.  Officials say this is due to the Justice Department collecting data using a new definition of rape, which was a revision to the Uniform Crime Reporting’s 80-year-old definition.
The new definition broadens the scope of the previously narrow definition of rape.
Meanwhile, robbery decreased by 6-percent and aggravated assault decreased by just over one percent.
Other statistics show a reduction in arson by over 26-percent, larceny decreased by 8.4 percent and motor vehicle theft decreased by 25 percent. Burglaries were also down over 3 percent.
Chief of Police Timothy Fitch stated, "I am very proud of our patrol officers, detectives and support personnel because this decrease emphasizes their continued dedication and commitment to the community. It is a great accomplishment to have a reduction in crime reported from the previous year, and to have a lower number for our fifth year in a row is an even greater accomplishment. Our emphasis has been and will continue to be to ensure the safety of everyone within St. Louis County."
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