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Kanye West Short of Signatures Needed for Illinois Ballot

Kanye West Short of Signatures Needed for Illinois Ballot

SPRINGFIELD – Hip-hop star Kanye West fell short of qualifying for the Illinois ballot as an independent presidential candidate by 1,300 signatures, according to the official review on Friday of the nominating petitions submitted by the Illinois native. To qualify, West had to submit at least 2,500 signatures. However, the hearing officer determined he only had 1,200…Read more…

Two Seriously Injured After Highway 142 Head-on Collision

Two Seriously Injured After Highway 142 Head-on Collision

JEFFERSON CO. – Jefferson County firefighters responded Saturday morning to a head-on crash on Highway 142 that sent both drivers to the hospital with serious injuries. According to the Jefferson Fire Protection District, firefighters arrived on scene around 8 a.m. and found the crash between an SUV and passenger car with drivers of both vehicles trapped in their upright…Read more…

COVID-19 Cases Tally 37 Across Region Sunday

COVID-19 Cases Tally 37 Across Region Sunday

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Sunday announced 1,382 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 8 additional confirmed deaths. Local case breakdown: Williamson County: 14 Franklin County: 10, first death Saturday Jackson County: 10 White County: two (one isolated, the other status pending) Saline County: one Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 194,080…Read more…

Clay County Judge Orders Pritzker to Appear

Clay County Judge Orders Pritzker to Appear

CLAY CO. – Judge Michael McHaney Friday ordered Governor JB Pritzker to appear in his Clay County Courtroom at 1 p.m. next Friday to explain why he “should not be held in indirect civil contempt.” Failure to appear in court may result in a warrant for arrest, according to the order. State Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) complained…Read more…

Pritzker Reveals Emergency Rules for Face Masks, Gatherings

Pritzker Reveals Emergency Rules for Face Masks, Gatherings

CHICAGO – Governor J.B. Pritzker announced this morning that the Illinois Department of Public Health is set to file emergency rules for businesses, schools and child care establishments regarding the use of face coverings as well as social gathering limits. According to a release from the Governor’s Office, the emergency rules are designed to give…Read more…

Illinois Extends Jobless Benefits Additional 20 Weeks

Illinois Extends Jobless Benefits Additional 20 Weeks

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced Thursday it has extended jobless benefits another 20 weeks as the state’s unemployment numbers continue to soar because of the coronavirus pandemic. The agency said the extension was available beginning Thursday to people who have received 26 weeks of benefits, adding Illinois is among 19 states…Read more…

Area Community Colleges to Receive Infrastructure Grants

Area Community Colleges to Receive Infrastructure Grants

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – Four area community colleges are among 15 across Illinois be receiving part of $103.5 million for infrastructure improvements, according to Gov. JB Pritzker. Pritzker announced Thursday the money will go toward expanding existing facilities and constructing new buildings, among other projects. The investments are made possible by the Rebuild Illinois capital plan. John A.…Read more…

Carbondale Police Investigating Two Reports of Shots Fired

Carbondale Police Investigating Two Reports of Shots Fired

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police are investigating a report of shots fired around 10:20 Wednesday night in the 700 block of S. Lewis Ln. According to a Carbondale Police press release, officers learned that an unknown suspect or suspects fired shots at two victims from a gold Cadillac, then fled the area in the vehicle in an unknown…Read more…

IDPH Reports Highest Single-Day Increase of COVID-19 Cases

IDPH Reports Highest Single-Day Increase of COVID-19 Cases

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Thursday announced 1,953 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 21 additional confirmed deaths. The amount marks the highest single-day increase since late May for the second time in a week, and raised the state’s preliminary seven-day positivity rate back to four percent. Local…Read more…

Inmate at Federal Prison in Marion Dies of COVID-19

Inmate at Federal Prison in Marion Dies of COVID-19

MARION (AP) – Officials of the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Wednesday an inmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in Marion has died of complications from COVID-19. The Bureau of Prisons revealed that 65-year-old Earl James died Sunday after testing positive for the virus on July 22. Prison officials did not say why James, a Native…Read more…