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A prison reform group called a strip search exercise at the Lincoln Correctional Center 'dehumanizing.' The courts had a different view.

LINCOLN — A criminal justice reform group is disappointed by a divided federal court ruling that says the constitutional rights of female prisoners weren't violated during a forced strip-search inspection at Lincoln Correctional Center eight years ago. The case has drawn national attention and could lead to proceedings before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Reform group disappointed by ruling involving Lincoln inmates

LINCOLN — A criminal justice reform group is disappointed by a ruling that the constitutional rights of female inmates were not violated during a 2011 strip-search incident at Lincoln Correctional Center.

With Illinois' smoking age going to 21, what happens to the 18-year-old smoker?

MATTOON — It has become a routine for Kaleb White, albeit a newer one, to take a trip to the gas station every few days to buy a pack of smokes.


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FLASHBACK: Check out 20 big artists that played at Eastern Illinois University 🎶

This certainly does not cover all of them, but here is a look back at some of the big names that have performed at Eastern Illinois University.

Mattoon's Lumpkin remembered as the 'happiest person'

MATTOON — The simple act of driving through a sun-lit wheat field so a family could enjoy the beauty was something that inspired a lifetime of devotion and commitment to the community.

VIDEO: Shores Jewelry building demolition begins in Mattoon

MATTOON -- Contractors began the demolition of the fire damaged Shores Jewelry building in downtown Mattoon on Tuesday by starting to remove the three layers of the front facade.

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