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Benton Woman Dies after Falling into Burning Leaves Wednesday

BENTON(WQRL/WISH/WMCL) – An elderly woman died after falling into pile of burning leaves in a semi-secluded area of her property in the area of East Taylor and 10th Street in Benton Wednesday afternoon. According to Benton Fire Chief Shane Cockrum, firefighters went to that area just after 4:30 p.m. and learned that a neighbor saw the…read more »

Open Registration Begins for Southern Illinois Made Expo

Open Registration Begins for Southern Illinois Made Expo

MARION – Open registration begins today for interested businesses and employers to sign up to become a vendor for the highly-anticipated return of the 2022 Southern Illinois Made Expo. After two years of postponement due to COVID-19, this year’s event is set to take place at the Marion Pavilion on October 15 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.…read more »

Mt. Vernon Officials Break Ground for New Police Dept.

Mt. Vernon Officials Break Ground for New Police Dept.

MT. VERNON – Mt. Vernon City leaders braved threatening skies Friday morning to turn dirt at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Mt. Vernon Police Department (MVPD). Mayor John Lewis confirmed the project being built by Holland Construction Services will be completed by this time next year. Lewis noted problems the current facility has had with efficiency…read more »

Williamson County Sheriff’s Office to Host Drug Take Back Day in Marion

Williamson County Sheriff’s Office to Host Drug Take Back Day in Marion

MARION – The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for Saturday’s DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williamson County Administrative Building in Marion. The service is free and anonymous. The public can drop off potentially dangerous prescription…read more »

Area Broadband Companies Receiving Funding for Expansion

Area Broadband Companies Receiving Funding for Expansion

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Office of Broadband Wednesday announced $47 million in funding for 22 projects in every region of the state through the second round of Connect Illinois, the state’s broadband expansion plan. Round Two funding includes $23 million in Connect Illinois grant awards matched by $24…read more »

New Legislation Establishes New Midwives Licensing Process

New Legislation Establishes New Midwives Licensing Process

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IOCI RADIO) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed into law legislation that will allow midwives to go through a new licensing process to provide care before, during and after the delivery of babies. The governor said he hopes the bill he signed into law last week will prevent pregnancy-related deaths. Under the law,…read more »

Human Trafficking Suit Spreads to Hindu Temples in Five States

Human Trafficking Suit Spreads to Hindu Temples in Five States

A human trafficking suit has spread to Hindu temples in five states. A lawsuit, in which workers accuse a Hindu organization of human trafficking for luring them from India to build a temple in New Jersey for as little as $1.20 a day, has widened to four other states. In an amended lawsuit filed last…read more »

Local Fire/EMS Receive Equipment Funds from State Fire Marshal

Local Fire/EMS Receive Equipment Funds from State Fire Marshal

The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) on Thursday announced the recipients of the 2021 Small Equipment Grant Program. A total of $3.3 million was awarded to 149 fire departments/districts and EMS providers across the state. The OSFM received 448 applications, requesting around $10.5 million in funding for this grant period. Local communities who received…read more »

Several Local Communities to Receive Housing Rehab Grants

Several Local Communities to Receive Housing Rehab Grants

SPRINGFIELD – Seven southern Illinois communities are among 13 across the state receiving a 2020 Community Development Block Grant for Housing Rehabilitation from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Official said Carterville, Sesser, West Frankfort and Orient will receive $500,000 with Herrin, Marion and Valier to receive $542,000. Through the program, DCEO…read more »

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