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Salem to begin 2019 gas line replacement program on June 24th   

Salem to begin 2019 gas line replacement program on June 24th   

The City of Salem’s contractor for the 2019 gas line replacement project is scheduled to begin work on Monday, June 24 in the area of Broughton Road, West Bryan, North Franklin, and North College Avenue. Public Works Director John Pruden says the project will consist of gas main and house gas service line replacement construction.  Underground utility…Read more »

Family: Baby cut from slain Chicago woman’s womb dies

Family: Baby cut from slain Chicago woman’s womb dies

By DON BABWIN and RICK CALLAHAN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — An infant boy who was cut from a Chicago woman’s womb with a butcher knife died Friday at a hospital where he had been in grave condition since the April attack that killed his mother, family spokeswomen said. Yovanny Jadiel Lopez died at Christ Medical Center…Read more »

Feds: Indicted drug agent duped DEA into hiring him

Feds: Indicted drug agent duped DEA into hiring him

By JIM MUSTIAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A narcotics agent accused of betraying his badge applied for a job with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, so he and a leader of a murderous drug-trafficking ring would become “unstoppable,” prosecutors said in new court filings. Fernando Gomez, who is awaiting trial in New York…Read more »

Western Illinois University president is stepping down

Western Illinois University president is stepping down

MACOMB, Ill. (AP) — The president of Western Illinois University is resigning at the end of June after eight years in the post. Jack Thomas made the announcement on Friday. He told an audience of about 200 people that Western Illinois “would best be served by new leadership” at a “pivotal time” for the school.…Read more »

Borowiak’s IGA stores closing in Centralia and Mt. Vernon

Borowiak’s IGA stores closing in Centralia and Mt. Vernon

The Borowiak’s IGA stores in Centralia and Mt. Vernon will be closing within 60 days. Employees were notified this week of the decision.  The closure was blamed on dropping sales.   In Centralia, first from the Super Walmart store and then more recently by the opening of the eastside Dollar General store.  In Mt. Vernon, the…Read more »

Police Beat for Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Police Beat for Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a 33-year-old Alma man on burglary and possession of stolen property charges.   Scott Miller of Public Street is being held in the county jail pending a first appearance in court.  No details have been released on the case. 35-year-old Michael Inocencio of East McMackin Street in Salem has…Read more »

Road, grandstand improvements planned for DuQuoin State Fair

Road, grandstand improvements planned for DuQuoin State Fair

DUQUOIN, Ill. (AP) — Main Street and the loop road around the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds will be resurfaced this summer. State officials announced Wednesday that minor structural work will also be done on the grandstand. And the Southern Illinois Center will have heating and cooling ductwork upgraded later this year. The Illinois Department of Transportation…Read more »