Category Archives: Local News

Pritzker, Ezike Issue Warnings As COVID-19 Positivity Rates Increase

Pritzker, Ezike Issue Warnings As COVID-19 Positivity Rates Increase

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – As COVID-19 positivity rates increase in the 11 health regions of Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike issued stern warnings Wednesday at a press briefing. IDPH Wednesday announced 1,393 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease in Illinois, including 18 additional confirmed deaths. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for…Read more…

IHSA Approves Modified Sports Schedules, Pushing Many Back

IHSA Approves Modified Sports Schedules, Pushing Many Back

BLOOMINGTON – The IHSA Board of Directors Wednesday approved a modified schedule moving multiple sports back in the 2020-2021 school year. State series tournament decisions will be made on a sport-by-sport basis and competition must follow the guidelines set out by Governor J.B. Pritzker at his COVID-19 briefing. When asked why sports like baseball and…Read more…

Police Investigating Truck Theft Near Garden of the Gods

Police Investigating Truck Theft Near Garden of the Gods

SALINE CO. – The Saline County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a truck theft near the Garden of the Gods late last week. The suspect from the incident is described as a white male wearing red pants, and was not wearing a shirt at the time. According to Major Jerod Campbell with the Sheriff’s Office, they…Read more…

Ameren Offering $8M for Bill Assistance, Past-Due Balances

Ameren Offering $8M for Bill Assistance, Past-Due Balances

SPRINGFIELD – In efforts to help those affected financially by the coronavirus pandemic, Ameren Illinois has set aside $8 million for bill payment assistance for those who qualify to help reduce or eliminate a past-due account balance. Ameren spokesperson Brian Bretsch said customers shouldn’t hesitate to call Ameren if they need assistance.   Families earning…Read more…

Security Promised by Authorities for Enhanced Mail-In Voting

Security Promised by Authorities for Enhanced Mail-In Voting

CHICAGO (AP) – Enhanced mail-in voting was approved by state lawmakers as a way to increase options for people to vote without being exposed to COVID-19, and authorities promised Monday the process is secure. Voters of recent elections can expect to receive a vote-by-mail application. August 1 is the deadline for local election officials to send mail-in…Read more…

Mail Theft Suspects in Carbondale Identified During Joint Investigation

Mail Theft Suspects in Carbondale Identified During Joint Investigation

CARBONDALE – Mail theft suspects have been identified as a result of a joint investigation between the Carbondale Police Department and investigators from the United States Office of Inspector General and the United States Postal Service. The investigation took place during the last several months in reference to numerous thefts of mail from U. S. Postal…Read more…

Jackson Co. Reports 16 New COVID-19 Cases Among 1,076 Statewide

Jackson Co. Reports 16 New COVID-19 Cases Among 1,076 Statewide

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Tuesday announced 1,076 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 30 additional confirmed deaths. Local case breakdown: Jackson County: 16 Williamson Count: five Union County: two Franklin, Johnson, Massac and Pulaski counties: one each All cases are in isolation Currently, IDPH is reporting a…Read more…

Largest Teacher’s Union Authorizes Strikes Over Safety Concerns

Largest Teacher’s Union Authorizes Strikes Over Safety Concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) – One of the nation’s largest teachers unions authorized it’s members Tuesday to strike if their schools plan to reopen without proper safety measures. The American Federation of Teachers, representing 1.7 million school employees, released a resolution Tuesday saying it will support any local chapter that decides to strike over reopening plans. The group said…Read more…

John A. Logan’s Hunting & Fishing Days Canceled, Citing COVID-19

John A. Logan’s Hunting & Fishing Days Canceled, Citing COVID-19

CARTERVILLE – Officials at John A. Logan College said Tuesday this year’s Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The event was scheduled for Sept. 26-27 at the college’s Carterville campus. John A. Logan College President Dr. Ron House stated the decision was based on the College’s…Read more…

Pritzker: State COVID-19 Cases ‘Not Moving in the Right Direction’

Pritzker: State COVID-19 Cases ‘Not Moving in the Right Direction’

CHICAGO – After the Illinois Department of Public Health reported Monday a sixth straight day of over 1,000 COVID-19 cases statewide with 18 additional deaths, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said “things are not moving in the right direction.” Pritzker said during his briefing there’s “growing concern” in some areas of the state and called on local…Read more…