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Former Mascoutah Priest Sentenced To Nine Years in Prison

By Pamela Rensing mascherald@heraldpubs.com Gerald R. Hechenberger, a former associate pastor of Holy Childhood Catholic Church and School in Mascoutah, has been sentenced to nine years in prison. On Nov. 7, 2019, he pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing pornographic photos of children and one count of possession of methamphetamine. In January 2018, he…

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Congressman Shimkus Hosts Nominees for Military Academies

MARYVILLE – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) has announced a list of 21 future leaders he has nominated to one of the nation’s military academies. The young men and women were invited to a January 2 reception at the Effingham Elks Lodge. “The reception is an annual event, and it often provides the nominees with…

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Former State Senator Resigned as Ag Director Over Weekend In Fallout From ‘Rape In Champaign’ Email

Sullivan ‘shocked’ he had email, ‘disappointed’ in governor’s statement By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois Jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com and ALAN ICENOGLE The Rushville Times SPRINGFIELD – The state’s agriculture director resigned last weekend at the request of Gov. J.B. Pritzker for failing to disclose contents of a 2012 email that pointed to the possible cover-up of a…

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