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Priest pleads guilty to child pornography, meth possession

Priest pleads guilty to child pornography, meth possession

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A priest who served at several southern Illinois parishes has pleaded guilty to the distribution of child pornography and the possession of methamphetamine. The Rev. Gerald Hechenberger faces up to 26 years in prison after pleading guilty last week to three counts of possessing pornographic photos of children and one count…Read More »

Tribe to argue against expansion of Dakota Access pipeline

Tribe to argue against expansion of Dakota Access pipeline

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members have long maintained that a leak in the Dakota Access oil pipeline would threaten their Missouri River water supply, and on Wednesday they will argue that a new proposal to double the line’s capacity magnifies the probability of a disastrous oil…Read More »

Chicago mayor pleads case in Springfield on casino, budget

Chicago mayor pleads case in Springfield on casino, budget

By JOHN O’CONNOR AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot crisscrossed the state Capitol Tuesday looking for help from lawmakers to make a casino feasible and shore up the city’s budget, but she reported little progress. The Legislature approved a land-based casino for Chicago last spring in a major expansion of…Read More »

IHSA drops appeal of order allowing CPS runners to compete

IHSA drops appeal of order allowing CPS runners to compete

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois High School Association has ended its appeal of a Cook County judge’s decision to allow Chicago Public Schools athletes to run in the state cross-country meet. The IHSA filed the appeal Nov. 4, but the appellate court decided not to rule immediately, clearing the way for the students to…Read More »

Road conditions greatly improve with sunlight     

Road conditions greatly improve with sunlight     

Major highways are mostly clear and most of the snow and ice cover has melted off untreated rural and city streets. That’s the road condition update for the Marion County area on Tuesday afternoon. Marion County Highway Engineer Mike McCormick says the big concern now is shaded areas on untreated roads where the ice and…Read More »

Local Sports

Area Football Teams Prepare For Saturday’s Quarterfinals

Area Football Teams Prepare For Saturday’s Quarterfinals

The times are set for this weekend’s IHSA football quarterfinals. In 2a, Pana will travel to Nashville to take on the Hornets at 1pm. In 3a, Mater Dei hosts Quincy Notre Dame at 2pm at the same time Vandalia is at Williamsville. In 4a, Effingham is at Fairburgy Prairie Central at 2pm with Murphysboro hosting…

Volleyball Teams Prepare For State Semifinals This Weekend

Volleyball Teams Prepare For State Semifinals This Weekend

The volleyball state semifinals will be held at Redbird Arena in Normal starting Friday. The day will begin at 9am with 1a semifinals between Athens and Newark followed by NCOE and Illini Bluffs. In 2a at noon, Mater Dei takes on St Joseph Ogden followed by Rockford Lutheran and Decatur St Teresa. In 3a at…

NJCAA Basketball Rankings Are Out…Vincennes Top Team In D1 Men

NJCAA Basketball Rankings Are Out…Vincennes Top Team In D1 Men

The rankings are out in the NJCAA.  In Division 1 women’s basketball Gulf Coast State is the top team in the country with Wabash Valley ranked 19th. In D2 women’s basketball, Kirkwood is the #1 team with Lincoln Land 5th, Illinois Central 9th and South Suburban 16th.  Also receiving votes were Parkland, Kankakee and Lake…