Category Archives: Local News

COVID-19 Cases Total 34 Among Area Health Departments

COVID-19 Cases Total 34 Among Area Health Departments

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Thursday reported 1,884 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois, including 32 additional deaths. New cases reported throughout southern Illinois totaled 34 from various health departments. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,181,226 cases, including 20,406 deaths. Local case breakdown: Williamson County: 12 Saline and Jackson counties: five each…Read more…

Carbondale Police Investigating Wednesday Night Shooting

Carbondale Police Investigating Wednesday Night Shooting

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police are investigating a shooting that happened just before 5:30 Wednesday night in the 1500 block of West Walnut Street. Police said officers responded to the area after a report of an aggravated discharge of a firearm from a vehicle. During aninvestigation, officers learned the suspect fired several gunshots from a white…Read more…

Marion Continuing Plans for 10 Permanent Downtown Murals

Marion Continuing Plans for 10 Permanent Downtown Murals

MARION – The City of Marion continuing plans to place 10 permanent murals on historic buildings located in the downtown area. Allison Hasler, the City’s Director of Community Programs, shared where the murals will be located.   They’re currently accepting applications, which can be found here, from artists for the mural project until March 7.…Read more…

Lawsuit Filed Against Auto Insurers Over Rates in Pandemic

Lawsuit Filed Against Auto Insurers Over Rates in Pandemic

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Class action lawsuits were filed in Nevada against 10 major auto insurance companies Tuesday, contending that the companies charged excessive insurance premiums during the pandemic by failing to account for a drop in driving and crashes The lawsuits acknowledge that some insurers provided discounts over the emptier roads and drop in…Read more…

Comptroller Mendoza: ‘No Exit Bonus’ Bill Needed After Kodatt Resignation

Comptroller Mendoza: ‘No Exit Bonus’ Bill Needed After Kodatt Resignation

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza said the resignation of a recently appointed house representative, Edward Guerra Kodatt, clearly illustrates the need for her proposed “no exit bonus” bill. “The problem is that under current state law…legislators earn a full month’s salary, even if they only serve one day in office,” Mendoza said. Mendoza added her…Read more…

Waltonville Firefighter Injured During Bonnie House Fire

Waltonville Firefighter Injured During Bonnie House Fire

BONNIE – A Waltonville firefighter suffered minor injuries Wednesday night while working a residential structure fire in Bonnie. According to Assistant Waltonville Fire Chief Scott Pennington, they responded around 6:25 p.m. Wednesday to a report of a fire at a home in the 11-thousand block of East Bonnie Road. While fighting the blaze, a plastic box of batteries exploded…Read more…

Names Released of Two Killed in Train-Involved Accident

Names Released of Two Killed in Train-Involved Accident

ULLIN – Illinois State Police Wednesday released the names of the two killed in the train-involved accident Tuesday morning in Pulaski County. According to Illinois State Police, Carmi residents 76-year-old Lanny Stocke and his passenger 74-year-old Betty Stocke were killed when a Canadian National Railroad train struck their white Ford truck. They were pronounced dead…Read more…

Four Deaths, 42 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Region

Four Deaths, 42 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Region

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Wednesday reported 2,022 new COVID-19 cases, including 44 additional deaths. Among southern Illinois health departments, 42 new cases and four deaths due to the virus were reported. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,179,342 cases, including 20,374 deaths, in 102 counties. Local case breakdown: Franklin County: eight…Read more…

Trump-Appointed U.S. Attorney Retained by President Biden

Trump-Appointed U.S. Attorney Retained by President Biden

CHICAGO – The Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney investigating public corruption in Illinois will be retained by President Joe Biden U.S. Sens Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworkth announced John Lausch, the U.S. Attorney for Northern District of Illinois, will be kept on by the Biden administration until a successor is confirmed. Lausch has cases pending in the…Read more…