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A 71-year-old Shobonier woman was killed Sunday afternoon in a wrong way collision on Interstate 70 near the Brownstown/Bluff City interchange.  

State Police say Jeanette Sassae entered Interstate 70 going eastbound in the westbound lanes from the Brownstown exit ramp.   Her SUV was struck head on by a westbound semi driven by 22-year-old Eulu Marifat-Azamat of Chicago.  

Sassae was pronounced dead on the scene.  Marifat-Azamat was taken to the Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia for treatment of apparent minor injuries.  

Illinois State Police and the Fayette County Coroner's Office is investigating.  The crash occurred at 1:52 Sunday afternoon.  


A 62-year-old Odin woman was injured in a one vehicle crash Sunday morning when she missed a t-intersection on Soper Road at Westline Road.  

Marion County Sheriff's Deputies say Karen Bivens of Delmar Avenue was eastbound on Soper Road when she crossed the Westline Road intersection, went through the ditch, struck a fence and posts and hit two trees before coming to a stop.  

Bivens was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia for treatment of injuries.  

The wreck damaged a fence owned by John Barnes of Laclede Street in Odin.  It occurred at 7:52 Sunday morning.  


CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is hoping to show first-hand what it's like to live on the state's minimum wage of $8.25 an hour.

Quinn has made raising Illinois' minimum wage a cornerstone of his re-election campaign against Republican challenger Bruce Rauner. On Sunday the governor announced at a campaign event that he would limit his spending on food and other expenses for the next week to $79.

That's how much money he says someone working full time for minimum wage has to spend after housing, transportation and taxes.

Rauner has said that he's open to raising the minimum wage if it is tied to business reforms so small businesses can absorb the added labor costs.

Quinn first announced in late July that he planned take the minimum wage challenge.


CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth says she's pregnant and expecting a baby girl in early December.

The Iraq veteran and double amputee says she and her husband are "thrilled." 

Duckworth is a Democrat from the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates. She announced the pregnancy Monday on NBC's "Today" show. The announcement was part of a segment about four amputees from the Iraq War who have recently had babies or are pregnant.

Duckworth says the women were there for her during her greatest trauma, when she lost both legs after her helicopter was shot down in Iraq in 2004. The 46-year-old says the women will now be together for their "greatest joy."

Duckworth is running for re-election on Nov. 4. She faces Republican Larry Kaifesh of Carpentersville, a fellow veteran.  



SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - One unanswered question about a new state law legalizing medical marijuana is just how many Illinoisans will actually ask for permission to use it.  

The extent of the demand will start to become clearer starting Tuesday as agencies begin taking applications from patients or their registered caregivers.  For now, only those with last names beginning with letters "A" through "L" can apply. Other patients must wait two more months to apply.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises reports that some estimates were that as many as 100,000 Illinoisans could qualify.  But Department of Public Health spokeswoman Sheila Porter says it's hard to know how many applications will come in. She says the agency is expecting the number to run into the thousands over the next four months.  





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