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Williamson Leads Area Counties With 21 COVID-19 Cases Sunday

Williamson Leads Area Counties With 21 COVID-19 Cases Sunday

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Sunday announced 1,467 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 14 additional confirmed deaths. Local case breakdown: Williamson County: 21 Jackson County: 15 Franklin County: seven Saline County: six (three isolated at home, three statuses in progress) Gallatin County: two (one isolated at home,…Read more…

Utility Companies Across Illinois Agree to Extend Moratoriums on Disconnections

Utility Companies Across Illinois Agree to Extend Moratoriums on Disconnections

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Commerce Commission announced Friday several of the state’s large and small regulated electric, natural gas, water and sewer utilities have voluntarily agreed to keep residential customers connected for an additional month due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. The moratorium on disconnections expired on July 26. However, with the voluntary extension, disconnections for residential customers will not…Read more…

Three Southeastern IL Counties at Warning Level for COVID-19

Three Southeastern IL Counties at Warning Level for COVID-19

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – Multiple counties in southeast Illinois have been placed at a warning level for COVID-19 by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Saline, Gallatin, and White counties are three of the 11 counties now considered to be at warning level due to an increase in at least two of the COVID-19 risk indicators…Read more…

Southern Illinois Counties Receive Shares of Rebuild IL Grants

Southern Illinois Counties Receive Shares of Rebuild IL Grants

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation recently announced the second of six $250 million grants to counties, municipalities and townships to address local transportation needs. Stemming from Rebuild Illinois capital plan, multiple southern Illinois counties will receive portions of the grants, listed below: Williamson County: around $1.2 million Jackson…Read more…

Franklin Co. Courthouse Demolition Beginning Wednesday

Franklin Co. Courthouse Demolition Beginning Wednesday

BENTON – Demolition of the 145-year-old Franklin County Courthouse in Benton is set to begin this week. Franklin County Board Chairman Randall Crocker said the demolition crew will likely begin demolishing the structure early Wednesday morning and have the site cleared by Friday, Aug. 21. Barriers were installed Friday around the courthouse to protect motorists driving around the square and…Read more…

Over $1.2M Awarded for Road Projects in SEIL Counties

Over $1.2M Awarded for Road Projects in SEIL Counties

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – Over $1.2 million of the $250 million Governor J.B. Pritzker awarded to local government entities for road projects Thursday will be coming to southeast Illinois. Among the list of projects, about $592,900 will be coming to Saline County, about $281,200 will be coming to Gallatin County, about $200,400 will be coming to Pope County,…Read more…

Two Dozen New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Southern Illinois

Two Dozen New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Southern Illinois

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Thursday announced 1,772 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 18 additional confirmed deaths. Local case breakdown: Jackson County: 15 Williamson County: eight Saline County: five (four isolated at home, one status in progress) Franklin County: five Hamilton County: four White County: three. Gallatin…Read more…

Study Rank Illinois 13th for Best School Systems in Nation

Study Rank Illinois 13th for Best School Systems in Nation

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – A new study ranking school systems across the country put Illinois among the best in the nation. The website WalletHub analyzed 33 metrics – including test scores, dropout rate, pupil to teacher ratio, and statewide school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Illinois ranked 13th in the nation, boosted by median ACT…Read more…

Mt. Vernon Man Arrested After Two Hospitalized With Gunshot Wounds

Mt. Vernon Man Arrested After Two Hospitalized With Gunshot Wounds

MT. VERNON – Mt. Vernon police are investigating a shooting incident in the 2800 block of College Wednesday that sent two people to the hospital with gunshot wounds. Officers reportedly took 44-year-old Alvin Smallwood of Mt. Vernon into custody shortly after arriving on scene. A call regarding the shooting was received around 4:15 p.m., when a female…Read more…

Inmate Dies in Jackson County Jail, Prompting Investigation

Inmate Dies in Jackson County Jail, Prompting Investigation

JACKSON CO. – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday corrections deputies found a Du Quoin man dead in his jail cell Tuesday afternoon. According to a press release, 41-year-old Dustin Goodwin was an inmate at the jail and was the only occupant of his jail cell. A death investigation is being conduced by the Illinois State…Read more…