Autopsy reveals elderly Sandoval woman died of smoke inhalation in weekend fire

MARION COUNTY — Authorities say an 88-year-old Sandoval woman who was pulled from her burning home by Sandoval firefighters early Saturday morning died from smoke inhalation. Clare Busscher was transported by ambulance to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Emergency Room in Centralia where she was pronounced dead at 5:48 a.m. after resuscitation efforts failed. Busscher…Read more…

Vernon woman charged with bringing meth into Marion County Jail

MARION COUNTY — A 36-year-old Vernon woman was charged Monday morning in Marion County Court with possession of methamphetamine that was reportedly discovered as she was being booked into the Marion County Jail on a separate charge. According to court records, Heidi Wynn has been charged with Class 1 felony possession of between 15 and…Read more…

Health officials release data on pregnancy and babies online

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State health officials say more data on pregnancy and babies will available to the public. The Illinois Department of Public Health says it is adding maternal and child health data to its public health community map. The feature shows information on the quality and access to healthcare throughout the state, including…Read more…

Illinois gets share of $700M Equifax data breach settlement

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will get over $7 million in Equifax’s up to $700 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and others over a 2017 data breach that exposed private information of nearly 150 million people. The proposed settlement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will provide up to $425 million in monetary relief…Read more…

Slim chance of ever finding Chinese scholar’s body

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Illinois authorities have said the remains of a slain 26-year-old scholar from China may never be found despite a vow from prosecutors this week that the search will continue. Brendt Christensen, a former physics doctoral student at the University of Illinois, abducted Yingying Zhang in 2017. Prosecutors say he beat her…Read more…

Ex-workers at Lincoln Museum improperly disposed of property

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state watchdog says two former employees at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum improperly disposed of items that may have had some historical value. The State Journal-Register reports one item was part of a wooden desk from the old Union Station that the state bought for $22,600. A report…Read more…

Thousands visit Illinois governor mansion after renovations

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Thousands of people have visited the Illinois governor’s mansion since it reopened last year after renovations that cost $15 million. The State Journal-Register reports that the governor’s office says more than 29,000 people have toured the mansion. Former Gov. Bruce Rauner spearheaded the renovations because maintenance had been neglected. Recent former…Read more…

GOP group removes post calling congresswomen “Jihad Squad”

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois Republican group has apologized and removed from its Facebook page a post that showed images of four Democratic congresswomen who have been criticized by President Donald Trump and referred to them as the “Jihad Squad.” The post appeared Friday night on the Republican County Chairman’s Association page. The Chicago Tribune…Read more…

Police: Truck driver didn’t slow in time; 3 dead in Illinois

EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a tractor-trailer driver failed to slow down in time and crashed into stopped traffic in an Illinois construction zone, killing three people from Missouri. The four-vehicle crash happened Saturday along eastbound Interstate 70 near Effingham, about 195 miles (314 kilometers) southwest of Chicago. Illinois State Police say the truck…Read more…

Sandoval woman dies after being pulled from her burning home

SANDOVAL — Authorities are investigating the early morning death of an 88-year-old Sandoval woman, who had been pulled from her burning home by Sandoval firefighters. Clare Busscher was transported by ambulance to SSM St Mary’s Hospital Emergency Roim un Centralia where she was pronounced dead at 5:48 a.m. after resuscitation efforts failed. Busscher lived alone…Read more…

Mt. Vernon Public Works to Start Asphalt Milling Projects Wednesday

MT. VERNON — The Mt. Vernon Public Works Department will be performing asphalt milling on multiple stretches of roadway across the city on Wednesday. Approximately two inches of asphalt will be removed in preparation for installing a new layer of asphalt in the near future. The projects to begin Wednesday include: 1.) Ellis Drive 2.)…Read more…

Ameren Upgrading Some Power Infrastructure Near Bluford

JEFFERSON COUNTY — Ameren Illinois is installing new power poles and lines in the Bluford area to enhance electrical service reliability for customers. Construction is underway to upgrade a 2.5 mile stretch of power poles and lines along old Fairfield Road between Harmony Lane and Shawnee Lane. No road closures are planned for this project,…Read more…

Former governor candidate Jeanne Ives running for Congress

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — Former state lawmaker and candidate for Illinois governor Jeanne Ives is seeking the Republican nomination for a suburban Chicago congressional district. The conservative from Wheaton has filed paperwork for a 2020 bid in a district west and northwest of Chicago. The seat was held by a Republican for decades before Democrat…Read more…