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Search for escaped inmate in Bond County, IL

GREENVILLE, IL (KTVI)-The Bond County Sheriff’s Department is searching for an escaped inmate. Andrew J. Walker, 30, of Pierron, IL, was being held on production of methamphetamine charges. He is a white male, 6′ tall, weighing approximately 170 pounds with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and white shorts.

Walker escaped through a vent which lead to an outer room where he broke through a drop ceiling and escaped through an egress door. Walker had been checked on routine cell checks and was present on the last check.

The Greenville Police Department and the Illinois State Police are assisting in the search for Walker.

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Medicaid paid $12M for Illinois dead

CHICAGO (AP) _ An internal state government memo says auditors have found the Illinois Medicaid program has paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records.

The Associated Press obtained the memo through a Freedom of InformationAct request. The memo, dated Friday, says the state auditor compared clients enrolled in the Medicaid database with state death records dating back to 1970. Auditors identified overpayments for services to roughly 2,900 people after the date of their deaths.

The heads of the departments of Healthcare and Family Services and Human Services outline steps to fix the problem in the memo to their senior staffs.

The memo states that more than $7 million has been recovered and the rest is expected to be recouped by year’s end.

Mumps cases spike across Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Public health officials are investigating a sharp increase in the number of mumps cases recorded in central Illinois.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/1f1FbJG ) there has been 52 cases of the viral infection reported in Morgan and Sangamon counties.

The newspaper reports there were 26 cases reported in all of Illinois in 2013.

Jim Stone is director of the Sangamon County Department of Public Health and says “the spike is unusual.”

So far this year, there’s been 65 cases reported across the state, including the cases from Morgan and Sangamon counties. Mumps has also been reported in Fulton, Greene, Champaign, Cook and Will counties. The cases are mostly in adults.

Miley Cyrus tickets can get you in free to Gateway Motorsports Park

MADISON, IL (KTVI) – Those tickets your holding from the Wednesday’s cancelled Miley Cyrus concert, can still provide you with entertainment. The Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois is hosting Wide-Open Wednesday’s, were you can use your Miley Cyrus tickets to get in free for tonight’s racing.

Gates opened at 4 pm, with racing starting at 7 pm to 11 pm. Wide Open Wednesday’s goes from April through October. Ticket prices at are $30 to race and $10 admission for spectators. Restricted area crew passes are just $15. Children 10 and under are free.
Minors must present a signed parental consent form, which may be obtained by calling the track’s office at (618) 215-8888.

For more information, please call Gateway Motorsports Park at (618) 215-8888 or visit www.GatewayMSP.com.

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Fairmount Park wants slot machines to improve revenue

COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – The president of ‘Fairmount Park is trying to save the region’s only thoroughbred racing track by adding slot machines to the venue. But our partners at the “Post Dispatch” are reporting he’ll be testifying in Chicago Wednesday against a proposal that would allow slot machines in every Illinois horse track except at Fairmount Park.

The amendment was filed last month to protect East St. Louis from losing business at the Casino Queen to Fairmount.

The race track official says, that’s blatantly unfair.

Pet clinic to be held in East St. Louis Wednesday

EAST ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Wednesday, April 16th the Gateway Pet Guardians will host a pet clinic at the East St. Louis City Hall from 12 noon to 4 pm. The clinic will give pet owners the opportunity to register pets, get treats for their pets and information on pet ownership.

Gateway Pet Guardians will also be offering free spaying and neutering for pets in June, anyone who registers a pet will get a coupon or a free bag of pet food.

For more information, you can call Gateway Pet Guardians at 314-664-7398 or go their website: http://www.gatewaypets.com/

Kevin Reid sentenced to Life for murder of babysitter and baby

EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KTVI) – Madison County Circuit Judge James Hackett Tuesday sentenced Kevin Reid to life in prison for the murders of Anquiaette “Tweety” Parker, 19, and her 4-year-old cousin Cermen “C.J.” Toney Jr. Both had disappeared on November 6, 2005 that led to a massive search for the two by multiple law enforcement agencies.

Anquiaette Parker_ Cermen ToneyParker at the time was pregnant, and was babysitting her 4-year-old cousin Toney when they disappeared.

Reid was charged with their murders on March 28, 2008, after their bodies were found in a cistern on property owned by Reid.