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Pritzker picks St. Clair County prosecutor to lead police

Pritzker picks St. Clair County prosecutor to lead police

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The St. Clair County state’s attorney is in line to become head of the Illinois State Police. Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the nomination of Brendan Kelly. He’ll need approval from the Illinois Senate. Kelly ran for Congress in November but lost to incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Bost. He says “there’s nothing…Read more »

Authorities continue search for missing woman after 40 years

Authorities continue search for missing woman after 40 years

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The case of a missing Missouri woman hasn’t been solved in more than four decades, but her family recently regained hope after authorities discovered a possible link with an unidentified body in a nearby cemetery. A body buried in a cemetery in Fairview Heights, Illinois, known only as Jane Doe, has…Read more »

Doctoral student, Chicago suburb settle false arrest lawsuit

Doctoral student, Chicago suburb settle false arrest lawsuit

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago suburb and a former Northwestern University doctoral student have tentatively settled a lawsuit filed after the student was accused of stealing a car he owned. Lawrence Crosby was brought to the attention of Evanston police in 2015 by a woman who said she saw a black man trying to…Read more »

Tuesday School Closings

BCMW Head Start all centers closed, staff should report if possible Central City Grade School Centralia City Grade Schools including Centralia Junior High Centralia High School Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School closed Grand Prairie Grade School Farrington Grade School Field Grade School in Texico Irvington Grade School Iuka Grade School Kaskaskia Special Education District, including…Read more »

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr remembered in Holiday Celebration Sunday night in Centralia     

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr remembered in Holiday Celebration Sunday night in Centralia     

Alondra Moreno holds up her first place poster contest winner at the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration in Centralia Sunday night.   Photo by Caden Cole. Diversity and equality were celebrated at the 2nd Baptist Church in Centralia during their 2019 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration. Traci O’Neal Ellis, a former resident of…Read more »

Mt. Vernon home heavily damaged by fire 

Mt. Vernon home heavily damaged by fire 

A Mt. Vernon home was heavily damaged by fire Sunday night. Firemen say heavy smoke was showing from the second floor of the Cynthia Whitfield home at 1502 South 12th Street upon their arrival around 10:15 pm. Fire Chief Kevin Sargent says firemen were able to extinguish the fire on the second story as well…Read more »

Judge: Illinois court running out of money due to shutdown

Judge: Illinois court running out of money due to shutdown

BENTON, Ill. (AP) — The chief federal judge for Southern Illinois says if a partial government shutdown continues past early February the court may run out of money to pay jurors and employees and may place a moratorium on civil trials. Chief Judge Michael Reagan of the Federal District Court for the Southern District of…Read more »

Rauner administration reduced number of state patronage jobs

Rauner administration reduced number of state patronage jobs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Former Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration reclassified thousands of state jobs so an applicant’s political loyalty and connections may no longer be considered during the hiring process, according to a former administration official. Joe Hartzler, who was a special counsel to Rauner, told The State Journal-Register that the administration likely made changes to…Read more »