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Governor Pritzker to Visit Carbondale For Two Stops Tuesday Afternoon

Governor Pritzker to Visit Carbondale For Two Stops Tuesday Afternoon

CARBONDALE – Governor J.B. Pritzker will visit Carbondale this afternoon where he will provide opening remarks at the deployment ceremony for the Illinois Army National Guard at the Banterra Center at 2 p.m. The governor will then join stakeholders and share remarks on Rebuild Illinois and investments in SIU Carbondale at the university at 3:30…Read more…

Three Dead After Head-On Collision Sunday in Pope County

Three Dead After Head-On Collision Sunday in Pope County

UPDATE: 1/21 9:24 a.m. POPE COUNTY – Illinois State Police (ISP) Tuesday morning released the names of the three people killed in an early Sunday morning crash on Route 34 about a mile north of Williams Hill Rd. in Pope County. ISP said the victims were 27-year-old David A. Wasson of Harrisburg, 39-year-old Jarret M. Bencie of…Read more…

Man Arrested, Charged with Agg. Battery After Mt. Vernon Stabbing

Man Arrested, Charged with Agg. Battery After Mt. Vernon Stabbing

MT. VERNON – A 29-year-old man was arrested Monday after accused of stabbing a 34-year-old Mt. Vernon man over the weekend. Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Bullard said his office received notification from Good Samaritan Hospital just before 1 a.m. Monday regarding a stabbing victim at a hospital being treated for non-life threatening injuries. The incident occurred in 13,500…Read more…

Fatal Accident in Union County Sat. Under Investigation by ISP

Fatal Accident in Union County Sat. Under Investigation by ISP

UNION COUNTY – One is dead following a single-vehicle accident Saturday in Union County. According to a release from the Illinois State Police, a Buick sedan driven by 21-year-old Taylor Tomazzoli of Cobden lost control on Route 127 and struck a tree before rolling over and catching fire. She was pronounced dead at the scene.…Read more…

Pritzker Signs Act Eliminating Most Non-Moving Violation License Suspensions

Pritzker Signs Act Eliminating Most Non-Moving Violation License Suspensions

SPRINGFIELD – Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the License to Work Act Friday, eliminating driver’s license suspensions for most non-moving violations and allowing tens of thousands of Illinoisans whose licenses were canceled, suspended or revoked to have their driving privileges reinstated. According to the governor’s office, more than 50,000 Illinois licenses are suspended each year because…Read more…

Jefferson County Sheriff Awarding $500 Scholarship for ’20-’21 School Year

Jefferson County Sheriff Awarding $500 Scholarship for ’20-’21 School Year

MT. VERNON – Scholarship applications are now available for students looking to pursue higher education in 2020-2021 for the Illinois Sheriff’s Association (ISA) scholarships. Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Bullard will award one $500 scholarship to a graduating senior in the county. He said residents need to help the next generation any time they can.  …Read more…

Illinois DCFS Pushing Back New Medicaid Plan for Foster Children

Illinois DCFS Pushing Back New Medicaid Plan for Foster Children

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ child welfare agency is delaying the rollout of a new Medicaid plan for thousands of youth in its care by at least another two months amid ongoing concerns from advocates about whether it will hinder health care access for foster children. About 13,000 foster children who were set to be enrolled in…Read more…

Jefferson County YMCA Announces Move with Purchase of First Presbyterian Church

Jefferson County YMCA Announces Move with Purchase of First Presbyterian Church

MT. VERNON – The Jefferson County YMCA announced it’s move at the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Thursday. The Y’s Executive Director Cheryl Settle announced the organization has purchased the First Presbyterian Church building on Broadway next to Oak Hill Cemetery. The building will give the YMCA about 8,000 additional square feet of space, which…Read more…

Mt. Vernon Man Sentenced 25 Years for June 2019 Shooting

Mt. Vernon Man Sentenced 25 Years for June 2019 Shooting

MT. VERNON – A 31-year-old Mt. Vernon man was sentenced Thursday in Jefferson County Court to 25-years in prison for a shooting last summer that sent one person to the hospital with injuries. Calvin Webster pleaded guilty in October to a Class X felony charge of aggravated battery with a firearm in exchange for four Class X…Read more…