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…

City of Centralia co-hosting SBDC Day for local business owners, entrepreneurs

CENTRALIA — The City of Centralia and the Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) are teaming up to host an “SBDC” Day in Centralia. On Wednesday, April 3, local business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the region are invited to meet the SIUE Small Business Development…Read more…

Illinois man known for white crosses makes 5 for hometown

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man who has delivered more than 26,000 white crosses to sites around the U.S., largely to remember victims of gun violence, now finds himself doing the same in his hometown. Greg Zanis made crosses for the five victims of the shooting Friday in Aurora, Illinois, where an employee about to lose his…Read more…

Pritzker names secnd Veterans Affairs director in 2 weeks

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has appointed a state lawmaker as director of the state’s Veterans Affairs department after his first choice stepped down. The Democrat on Friday named state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia. The former Army officer was named in place of Army Lt. Col. Jaime Martinez. Pritzker tabbed Martinez for the job…Read more…

More than 1,500 attend vigil for Aurora shooting victims

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — More than 1,500 people braved snow and freezing drizzle to attend a prayer vigil for five slain co-workers Sunday, two days after they were fatally shot at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant by a longtime employee who was fired moments earlier. The Rev. Dan Haas told those who gathered near five white crosses…Read more…