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Chicago Woman Receives 6.5 Years for Labor Trafficking

Chicago Woman Receives 6.5 Years for Labor Trafficking

CHICAGO (AP) – A suburban Chicago woman has been sentenced to six and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to charges alleging she helped several people from Guatemala enter the U.S. illegally and forbid them from leaving her home until they paid off debts to her. Fifty-year-old Concepcion Malinek, of Cicero, was sentenced…read more »

Some Illinois Hospitals Running Out of Beds Due to COVID-19

Some Illinois Hospitals Running Out of Beds Due to COVID-19

CHICAGO (AP) – Several hospitals in northwest and central Illinois are running out of beds because of the coronavirus pandemic. OSF Healthcare chief operating officer Dr. Michael Cruz told the Chicago Tribune that about a half dozen of its hospitals had 90% of their beds or more filled Tuesday. Its St. Francis Medical Center in…read more »

‘Right to Play’ Act Would Extend School Recess to 60 Minutes

‘Right to Play’ Act Would Extend School Recess to 60 Minutes

SPRINGFIELD – Public school students would get more play time under a bill advancing in the Illinois Senate. A Senate committee passed the “Right to Play” Act, requiring schools to give kindergartners through eight graders 60 minutes of unstructured play time each day. State Sen. Robert Peters of Chicago sponsored the bill.   Peters said…read more »

Police Identify Victim in Fatal West Frankfort Stabbing

Police Identify Victim in Fatal West Frankfort Stabbing

WEST FRANKFORT – Franklin County Sheriff David Bartoni Tuesday afternoon released the identity of the victim in Thursday night’s stabbing in rural West Frankfort – 50-year-old Dennis L. Martin of West Frankfort. Martin ran a home construction business known as DL Martin Solutions based in West Frankfort. Sheriff Bartoni said 33-year-old Heath M. Dunning of Eldorado is…read more »

COVID-19 Cases Tuesday Total 34 in Southern Illinois

COVID-19 Cases Tuesday Total 34 in Southern Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Tuesday reported 2,587 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois, including 9 additional deaths. In southern Illinois, health departments reported a total of 34 new cases of coronavirus. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,306,787 cases, including 21,694 deaths. Local case breakdown: Franklin & Williamson counties: nine…read more »

Jill Biden Promotes Community Colleges During Illinois Visit

Jill Biden Promotes Community Colleges During Illinois Visit

Dr. Jill Biden, second lady of the United States, addresses the 2016 USO Gala, Washington, D.C., Oct. 20, 2016. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill) (Photo by Jim Greenhill from McLean, USA, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons) DIXON, Ill. (AP) – In her first visit to Illinois since taking…read more »

Officials Break Ground for New Ferrell Hospital Facility

Officials Break Ground for New Ferrell Hospital Facility

Pictured: Alisa Coleman, CEO Ferrell Hospital ELDORADO – Doctors, providers and Ferrell Hospital leadership broke ground Monday on a new facility for Ferrell Hospital Carmi Family Medicine. It will be located near Walmart on Illinois 1 in Eldorado. According to a press release, the building will be named the Absher Family Health Center in honor of a financial…read more »

Illinois National Guard Activated Ahead of Chauvin Verdict

Illinois National Guard Activated Ahead of Chauvin Verdict

CHICAGO (AP) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker has activated the Illinois National Guard ahead of a verdict expected in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged with George Floyd’s death. The move was in response to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s request. Pritzker’s office said Monday that 125 personnel will be deployed starting Tuesday to support Chicago police. Their…read more »

Carbondale Home Damaged, Suspects Who Fired Shots Sought

Carbondale Home Damaged, Suspects Who Fired Shots Sought

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police are investigating a report of shots fire in the 500 block of North Robert A. Stalls Ave. that happened early Saturday morning. According to a press release, officers arrived in the area and found damage to a home as a result of gunfire. During the course of the investigation, officers learned two male…read more »

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