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Eldorado Man Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash Friday

Eldorado Man Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash Friday

ELDORADO – An Eldorado man was killed in a single-vehicle crash north of Eldorado Friday night. According to Illinois State Police (ISP), 25-year-old Brennan L. Unthank was driving his pickup truck north on U.S. 45 approaching Cook Road around 8:10 p.m. when the truck ran off the right side of the roadway, traveling several feet before overturning…read more »

Casey’s Employee Abducted, Robbed Early Sunday Morning in Mt. Vernon

Casey’s Employee Abducted, Robbed Early Sunday Morning in Mt. Vernon

MT. VERNON – Mt. Vernon police received a report of an abduction and robbery early Sunday morning in the 1400 block of Salem Rd. Reports indicate that around 3:30 a.m., an employee of the Casey’s General Store requested an officer at a parking garage in the 1100 block of Broadway for an armed robbery. The caller reported…read more »

SIUC Commits to Sustainability Thursday in Signing Climate Commitment

SIUC Commits to Sustainability Thursday in Signing Climate Commitment

CARBONDALE – Southern Illinois University Carbondale Thursday reaffirmed their commitment to sustainability with Chancellor John Dunn signing the Second Nature Climate Commitment. The signed commitment states “colleges and universities must exercise leadership in their communities and throughout society by providing the knowledge, research, practice, and informed graduates to create a positive and sustainable future.” More…read more »

Juvenile Hospitalized After Wreck in Williamson County Thuursday

Juvenile Hospitalized After Wreck in Williamson County Thuursday

WILLIAMSON CO. – A juvenile was hospitalized following a wreck in Williamson County Thursday night. According to a release from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred on Cambria Rd. near the city park when the juvenile driver left the roadway and struck a utility pole before overturning the vehicle. Investigators said the juvenile…read more »

IL Board of Education Approves New Rules on Seclusion, Restraint in Schools

IL Board of Education Approves New Rules on Seclusion, Restraint in Schools

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt the state’s most restrictive permanent rules, banning the use of locked seclusion rooms and prohibiting schools from using prone restraint. The new rules specify that seclusion may not be used “as discipline or punishment, convenience for staff, retaliation, a substitute for appropriate educational…read more »

Local Lawmakers Schimpf & Bryant React to Annual Budget Address

Local Lawmakers Schimpf & Bryant React to Annual Budget Address

SPRINGFIELD – Local lawmakers are speaking out after Governor J.B. Pritzker gave his annual budget address in Springfield Wednesday afternoon. 58th District State Senator Paul Schimpf said with the unprecedented economic growth the country has seen the past decade, now is a time for Illinois to “:clean up it’s financial act.” The senator said Pritzker is not…read more »

Man Arrested for Stolen Vehicle, Fleeing Police After White Co. Chase

Man Arrested for Stolen Vehicle, Fleeing Police After White Co. Chase

WHITE CO. – A man was arrested Tuesday in White County after leading police on a chase in a stolen pickup truck. According to White County Sheriff Doug Maier, the sheriff’s office learned about the truck, driven by Ryan C. Reynolds, with Illinois plates out of Mt. Vernon, IN traveling west on Indiana 62 toward Illinois 141.…read more »

Two Killed, One Seriously Injured in Late I-57 Crash Wednesday

Two Killed, One Seriously Injured in Late I-57 Crash Wednesday

FRANKLIN CO. – Two people were killed and another person sustained serious injuries in a single-vehicle crash late Wednesday night in Franklin County. According to Illinois State Police (ISP), a SUV driven by a 47-year-old man from Longmont, CO was driving north on I-57 at milepost 65 when it left the roadway to the west, entered the…read more »

Terri Bryant Introduces Legislation to Assist Reform of Illinois DCFS

Terri Bryant Introduces Legislation to Assist Reform of Illinois DCFS

SPRINGFIELD – During a press conference at the Illinois State Capitol, State Representative Terri Bryant presented legislation to help reform the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Bryant said the bill fixes a training requirement for mandated reporters to include information on the process for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect utilizing the DCFS Online…read more »

Financial Incentive Upcoming for Mt. Vernon Census Takers

Financial Incentive Upcoming for Mt. Vernon Census Takers

MT. VERNON – The Mt. Vernon City Council approved to set aside up to $74,000 for a financial incentive for city residents to fill out this year’s census online. The council approved the measure to give each household which fills out the census online and brings their confirmation code to the city clerk’s office a…read more »

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