Author Archives: Monica Seals

Governor signs measure to hike Illinois minimum wage to $15

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a measure gradually hiking the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, the highest in the Midwest. It was one of the new Democratic governor’s top campaign promises. He signed the six-year plan Tuesday at the Governor’s Mansion. Illinois is on track to…Read more…

Former Sesser mayor charged with meth delivery, armed violence

FRANKLIN COUNTY — A 70-year-old former Sesser mayor is scheduled to appear Tuesday afternoon in Franklin County court where he has been formally charged with five felony counts stemming from his mid-January arrest for possession of methamphetamine. Ned Mitchell is charged with three Class X felonies, one for manufacture or delivery of meth or fentanyl…Read more…

Aurora gunman’s family: ‘We deeply apologize’ for shootings

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Relatives of the man who fatally shot five people at a suburban Chicago manufacturing warehouse are offering their condolences to the victims’ families, saying “we deeply apologize” for the killings. Forty-five-year-old Gary Martin died Friday in a shootout with police after he killed five co-workers and wounded five police officers at the Henry Pratt Co.…Read more…

16 states sue Trump over emergency wall declaration

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California and 15 other states filed a lawsuit Monday against President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released a statement Monday saying the suit alleges the Trump administration’s action violates the Constitution. “President Trump treats the rule of law with…Read more…

High court won’t take case of ex-Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is declining to get involved in the corruption case against former Illinois congressman Aaron Schock. The Republican resigned from Congress in 2015 amid scrutiny of his lavish spending. That included redecorating his Capitol Hill office in the style of the “Downton Abbey” TV series. Schock has tried to get…Read more…

JCSO arrests two men for burglary in progress

Authorities have released more details surrounding an incident Sunday night in Opdyke, including the names of two men arrested in connection with the call. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, they responded early Sunday night to a report of a burglary in progress at a home on Illinois Highway 142 in the Opdyke area…Read more…

Company recalls “Gripe Water” over choking concerns

Kingston Pharma, LLC is voluntarily recalling all lots of “DG™ Baby Gripe Water herbal supplement with organic ginger and fennel extracts.” The recall is due to the presence of an undissolved ingredient, citrus flavonoid. Kingston Pharma LLC has received one report of a one-week old infant having difficulty when swallowing the product and three complaints…Read more…