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After bankruptcy filing, Purdue Pharma may not be off hook

After bankruptcy filing, Purdue Pharma may not be off hook

By GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and its owners expressed sympathy but not responsibility for the nation’s opioid crisis as the company filed for bankruptcy protection late Sunday night, part of a move to settle some 2,600 lawsuits — most from state and local governments. “Like families across America, we have deep…Read more »

2019 09/18 – Eugene Draege

2019 09/18 – Eugene Draege

Eugene Draege, age 88, of Woodlawn, Illinois passed away at 9:55 A.M. September 14, 2019, at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois.   Eugene proudly served in the United States Army as a Corporal during the Korean War. He worked at Ashley Candy Factory, Irvington Elevator, farmed and built homes in the Ashley…Read more »

Police Beat for Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Police Beat for Sunday, September 15th, 2019

A 61-year-old Centralia man is being held in the Marion County Jail for alleged aggravated criminal sexual abuse.  Dennis Tate of South Brookside was arrested by Wamac Police on Saturday. 21-year-old Imani Kaufman of West Broadway in Centralia was taken to jail after being arrested by Centralia Police for alleged possession of stolen property. Centralia…Read more »

Man indicted on murder in Illinois state trooper’s death

Man indicted on murder in Illinois state trooper’s death

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A 45-year-old man has been indicted on first-degree murder in the death of an Illinois state trooper. The (Belleville) News-Democrat reports Christopher R. Grant was also indicted by a grand jury on other charges including unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and armed violence. Trooper Nicholas Hopkins was fatally…Read more »

Mexican man held by ICE in northern Illinois dies in custody

Mexican man held by ICE in northern Illinois dies in custody

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — A 37-year-old Mexican man in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at a northern Illinois county jail has died. Roberto Rodriguez-Espinoza was pronounced dead Tuesday. ICE officials said in a Thursday news release that he died from subdural hematoma, or when blood pools outside the brain. Rodriguez-Espinoza was taken into ICE…Read more »

Officials: 2 new cases of Legionnaires’ in suburban Chicago

Officials: 2 new cases of Legionnaires’ in suburban Chicago

BATAVIA, Ill. (AP) — Public health officials are worried about an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at a suburban Chicago retirement home appears to be spreading with two new cases in the nearby community. Legionnaire’s is a flu-like illness contracted when infected water vapor is inhaled. The elderly and people with weakened immune systems can be…Read more »

Last-second field goal lifts EMU over Illinois 34-31

Last-second field goal lifts EMU over Illinois 34-31

By TERRY TOWERY Associated Press CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Eastern Michigan coach Chris Creighton clearly enjoyed the postgame media gathering following his team’s impressive last-second 34-31 road win over Illinois on Saturday. “I love this team,” he said, smiling. “I mean, wow. What a great bunch of guys.” Creighton had good reason to be joyous.…Read more »

Illinois race riot site deemed suitable for monument status

Illinois race riot site deemed suitable for monument status

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois congressman says a Springfield site linked to the city’s 1908 race riot has been deemed suitable for designation as a national historic monument. U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis had asked the National Park Service last year to conduct a survey of the block-long site. He says a review by…Read more »