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Southern Illinois Republicans Call for Reform, Madigan Resignation

Southern Illinois Republicans Call for Reform, Madigan Resignation

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – The Southern Illinois Republican House delegation, made up of State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro), State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton), and Patrick Windhorst (R-Metropolis) issued a joint statement calling for ethics reform and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s resignation. The statement comes amid four major indictments in an ongoing current investigation into a…read more »

SSM Health Suspending Visits At Illinois Care Sites Friday

SSM Health Suspending Visits At Illinois Care Sites Friday

MT. VERNON – SSM Health in Illinois announced Thursday it’s suspending visits throughout its care sites Friday, including Good Samaritan and St. Mary’s Hospitals. The organization said the restrictions are necessary due to an increase in the spread of COVID-19 throughout the communities and in effort to promote the safety of their patients, employees and…read more »

Carmi Man Sentenced Thursday for Gun, Drug Charges

Carmi Man Sentenced Thursday for Gun, Drug Charges

CARMI – A Carmi man was sentenced Thursday in White County Court on drug and gun charges. White County State’s Attorney Denton Aud said 25-year-old Dakota Goodwin was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with one year of mandatory supervised release for unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon (a…read more »

Williamson County Reports 83 New COVID-19 Cases Thursday

Williamson County Reports 83 New COVID-19 Cases Thursday

CHICAGO (AP) – The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 14,612 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 and 168 new deaths Thursday. Williamson County led area counties with 83 reported. In total, the state health department reported 621,383 coronavirus cases in Illinois, including 11,178 deaths. The new cases were reported a day before Gov.…read more »

Johnson County Child Found Shortly After Missing Report

Johnson County Child Found Shortly After Missing Report

VIENNA – A child reported missing in Johnson County Wednesday morning has been found. According to a release from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, a 5-year-old girl had likely been abducted by her mother, who did not have legal custody of the child, in a gold or tan Ford minivan. The child was last…read more »

Multiple COVID-Related Deaths Reported Across Region

Multiple COVID-Related Deaths Reported Across Region

SPRINGFIELD – State health officials Wednesday reported 8,922 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Illinois, including 140 additional deaths. Over 100 cases and two deaths were reported between Williamson and Franklin counties. Currently, a total of 606,771 cases, including 11,014 deaths, have been reported since the pandemic began in Illinois. Local case breakdown:…read more »

Hamilton Memorial Hospital Modifying Visitor Restrictions

Hamilton Memorial Hospital Modifying Visitor Restrictions

Photo: Jack Baker Photos MCLEANSBORO – Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro announced Wednesday it’s modifying visitor restrictions to the hospital beginning Thursday for the health and safety of its patients and care team. Officials said only one visitor over the age of 18 per eligible patient is allowed at any time. Hospital visiting hours will…read more »

Carbondale Man Dead After Boating Accident

Carbondale Man Dead After Boating Accident

CARBONDALE – A rural Carbondale man died as a result of a boating accident Wednesday morning in Jackson County. According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, officials received a report about a boating accident on a private pond near Grammar Road in rural Carbondale around 10:40 a.m. The caller reported her husband, identified as 66-year-old…read more »

Mt. Vernon Man Receives Multiple Felonies After Battering Woman with Bat

Mt. Vernon Man Receives Multiple Felonies After Battering Woman with Bat

MT. VERNON – A 47-year-old Mt. Vernon man was charged Wednesday in Jefferson County Court with multiple felonies stemming from an incident last week where he battered a woman with a baseball bat. According to the Mt. Vernon Police Department, Dontae D. Harris was arrested on charges of aggravated robbery, armed violence and home invasion. Officers responded…read more »

Carmi Chamber Cancels Christmas Parade Amid Tier 3 Mitigations

Carmi Chamber Cancels Christmas Parade Amid Tier 3 Mitigations

CARMI – Due to Governor JB Pritzker moving the state to Tier 3 mitigation, the Carmi Chamber of Commerce announced the cancellation of the Lighted Christmas Parade. The Chamber’s Executive Director, Kelly Northcott, said in a statement Tuesday the chamber doesn’t want to go against the guidelines issued for the state. Northcott added it was…read more »

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