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Pending Appeal, Williamson County State’s Attorney to Remain on Election Ballot

Pending Appeal, Williamson County State’s Attorney to Remain on Election Ballot

WILLIAMSON COUNTY – Williamson County State’s Attorney Candidate, Marcy Cascio-Hale, will stay on the ballot pending appeal that has now been filed in Williamson County Circuit Court. Jeff Diederich, chairman of the Republican party in Williamson County, Amy Eckert, President of the Williamson County Republican Womens organization and Alexia Denly, former member of the Williamson…read more »

Emil Jones III, Facing Federal Bribery Charges, Not Leaving Office

Emil Jones III, Facing Federal Bribery Charges, Not Leaving Office

CHICAGO (WRXX) – State Senator Emil Jones III isn’t leaving office despite facing federal bribery charges. The Chicago Democrat resigned from his committee and party leadership positions Wednesday, a day after federal prosecutors accused him of taking money from a red-light camera company executive to kill legislation requiring traffic studies for automated camera systems. Jones has…read more »

Over Two Dozen Charged in Illinois for Pandemic Relief Fraud

Over Two Dozen Charged in Illinois for Pandemic Relief Fraud

JOLIET (AP) – More than two dozen people have been charged in Illinois with fraudulently obtaining pandemic relief money, with authorities alleging some of them were behind bars when they used their relief money to post bond and free themselves from jail. Joliet Police Chief William Evans said 25 people have been charged in the…read more »

Opdyke Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault of Minor

Opdyke Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault of Minor

MT. VERNON – A 69-year-old Opdyke man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Jefferson County Court with sexually assaulting a minor. James Martin Sr. was arrested in April on a Jefferson County warrant charging him with three counts Class X felony predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under age 13. Jefferson County State’s Attorney Sean Featherstun said Martin…read more »

Winners of Over $1.3B Mega Millions Jackpot Claim Prize

Winners of Over $1.3B Mega Millions Jackpot Claim Prize

CHICAGO (AP) – Lottery officials said Wednesday two people who wish to remain anonymous have claimed a $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot after a single ticket was sold in a Chicago suburb for a late July drawing, opting to take a lump sum payment of $780.5 million. The Illinois Lottery said Wednesday the prize for…read more »

Chicago State Sen. Indicted for Federal Bribery Resigns From Leadership Positions

Chicago State Sen. Indicted for Federal Bribery Resigns From Leadership Positions

(WRXX) – A Chicago state senator who was indicted Tuesday on federal bribery charges and for allegedly lying to the FBI has resigned from committee chair and leadership positions within the General Assembly. Prosecutors said Tuesday that Sen. Emil Jones III, told an individual with an interest in the red light camera system operator SafeSpeed that he would protect…read more »

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