Governor JB Pritzker hopes to expand the state’s home visiting program to all eligible families in Illinois by 2025.
He reports 500 additional children will be served this year with thousands visited over the next five years. He says it’s vital to reach families during those early years.
“Home visits are proven to have an enormously positive effect on a child’s development. It’s often said that a parent is a child’s first and best teacher. And home visitation supports parents in that all-important role.”
The Governor says the state has recently secured millions of dollars in federal funding to improve early childhood programs across Illinois. That includes increasing the early childhood workforce and raising salaries to improve retention rates.
No one was injured when a car ran into a box truck at the Poplar and Noleman Street intersection in downtown Centralia early Wednesday night.
Centralia Police Department reports indicate 79-year-old Carolyn Lashbrook of Walnut Hill Road in Centralia made a turn from Noleman in front of the southbound mail truck on Poplar Street driven by 35-year-old Kevin Schneider of North Sycamore in Centralia.
While Schneider swerved left to try and avoid the car, Lashbrook struck one of the rear tires causing the box portion of the truck to begin to tip over and bend the frame. The cab of the truck remained on the street. None of the mail spilled from the truck.
Lashbrook was ticketed for failure to yield the right of way at an intersection. North Poplar was closed for about an hour after the crash occurred at 5:14 Wednesday evening.
Temperatures right around freezing in South Central Illinois could result in slick spots on area roads, parking lots, and sidewalks as a combination of rain, freezing rain and snow is falling Thursday morning.
A winter weather advisory is in effect until six Friday night as a result of the potential for slick roads. Mixed precipitation becoming all snow this evening. Additional snow accumulations of one to three inches. The higher amounts are expected to be over portions of east-central Missouri and portions of southwest Illinois. It only takes a small amount of wintry precipitation to make roads, bridges, sidewalks, and parking lots icy and dangerous. It is often difficult to tell when ice begins to form, so do not be caught off guard. For the latest road conditions, go to www.gettingaroundillinois.com.
Illinois election officials say at least three of 16 voters who cast ballots after being mistakenly registered to vote are U.S. citizens after all.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office blames an error in Illinois’ automatic voter registration system for over 500 people who self-identified as noncitizens being wrongly registered to vote.
The State Board of Elections has said 16 of those individuals voted in elections in 2018 and 2019.
Spokesman Matt Dietrich said Wednesday that three are now confirmed as U.S. citizens and another two could be as well.
Republicans have called for the program to be suspended.
Spencer Loyd and Blake Smith (Marion County Jail Photos)
A Centralia man arrested over the weekend for robbery ended up being a crime victim himself while being held in the Marion County Jail.
Blake Smith of East 3rd in Centralia was allegedly struck on the head and body at the jail on Sunday by another inmate. That inmate, 26-year-old Spencer Loyd of Decatur, was formally charged in Marion County Court on Tuesday with aggravated battery. His bond on the new charge was set at $10,000. Loyd was being held in the Marion County Jail for unlawful possession of between 15 and 100 grams of methamphetamine.
Meanwhile, Smith was formally charged with the robbery in court on Tuesday. He’s accused of taking a gold chain and U.S. currency from an 18-year-old Chicago man at the Point on Raccoon Lake on December 21st. Smith’s bond was set at $10,000. He later posted a $1,000 bond and was released. The public defender was appointed to represent Smith.
A 23-year-old Bluford man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to one of two Class X felony charges of predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13.
Branden Holt has been in the Jefferson County Jail since last August when he was arrested on a warrant charging the two offenses.
The victim had initially reported the incident to the Clay County Sheriff’s Department in 2018. Jefferson County took over the investigation after it was determined the incident had occurred in Jefferson County. Holt was not located to allow questioning until July of last year. A warrant was then sought for his arrest.
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