Author Archives: Monica Seals

Illinois law streamlines zoning process for wind farms

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker predicts growth in wind-energy development after signing a law streamlining zoning rules. The Democrat signed legislation Friday that allows only counties and municipalities to establish standards for developing wind farms. Townships will no longer have authority in the process. Pritzker says the law will spur investment in rural areas, create…Read more…

Southern Illinois wants funding restored for veteran tuition

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Southern Illinois University officials hope the new governor will fund a decades-old state commitment to cover the cost of veterans’ higher education, even though no college has been reimbursed under the grant program for years. The Illinois Veterans Grant, created in 1967, pays for all Illinois veterans’ tuition and required fees…Read more…

DCFS says it’s had earlier contact with missing boy’s family

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services says it’s had previous contact with the family of a 5-year-old boy missing from his suburban Chicago home in Crystal Lake. The Northwest Herald cites the agency as saying Andrew “AJ” Freund was born with opiates in his system and spent two years…Read more…

Demand grows for marijuana cultivation courses in Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — More colleges are beginning to offer classes in growing and handling marijuana as demand for such skills from growers and dispensaries increases. Colleges and universities in Illinois are noticing the benefits of preparing students for the industry but that there are restrictions on how fast the schools can offer new programming, the…Read more…

IDOT, preservationists give 5,000 trees to schools statewide

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Schools statewide are receiving 5,000 tree seedlings from the Illinois Department of Transportation. IDOT officials say the “Trees to Schools” initiative honors Earth Day, which is Monday. Trees are provided by the East Moline-based nature-preservation group Living Lands and Waters . The program helps offset the loss of trees that are removed or…Read more…

Mildred “Millie” Walters

CENTRALIA — Mildred “Millie” Walters, 91, of Centralia, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Fireside House of Centralia. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia, where friends may call 618-532-3523 for further information.Read more…

Gilbert Logan

CENTRALIA — Gilbert Logan, 96, of Centralia, passed away Saturday, April 20, 2019, at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia. Services are pending at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia, where friends may call 618-532-3523 for further information.Read more…

Lawsuit filed over Waffle House shooting in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The mother of a woman who was killed in a shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House last year has filed the latest lawsuit over the attack. News outlets report 21-year-old DeEbony Groves’ mother filed the suit seeking $100 million and a jury trial. The suit was filed against Travis Reinking and…Read more…

Woman accused of spiking Illinois state trooper’s drink

RUSHVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois woman has been charged with using an unidentified substance to spike the sports drink of an Illinois State Police trooper. Authorities say 45-year-old Valeria Martinez and Kevin Weinmann, both of Beardstown, were stopped Tuesday along U.S. 67 in Schuyler County for suspected criminal activity. Troopers separated the pair…Read more…

Authorities: Deadly Illinois trailer fire intentionally set

GOODFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a mobile home fire that killed three children and two adults in central Illinois was intentionally set. Woodford County Coroner Tim Ruestman said Thursday that the deaths will be ruled homicides and a juvenile is being questioned. He previously ruled that the five died from smoke inhalation in the April 6 fire at…Read more…