City Council moves forward with purchase of new vehicles for MVPD

MT. VERNON — The Mt. Vernon Police Department (MVPD) is experiencing an unusual amount of issues with their vehicles. A request to bypass formal bidding and purchase four, 2019 Ford Interceptor SUV’s was made by the MVPD to the Mt. Vernon City Council at Monday night’s meeting. Fleet Services Director, Mike Shannon says The SUV’s…Read more…

More than 170 evacuate due to flooding in northern Illinois

ROSCOE, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say Rock River flooding has surrounded one neighborhood in the northern Illinois village of Roscoe, leaving residents to escape in boats. Neighbors say children have had to walk through high floodwaters or kayak to catch school buses. They say many people are staying at hotels or with family. Residents say…Read more…

Energy Department spending $500M on ‘Aurora’ supercomputer

LEMONT, Ill. (AP) — The Department of Energy plans to spend $500 million to build what could be one of the world’s fastest computers at Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago. The department said Monday that the supercomputer will be able to do more than one quintillion operations per second. That’s equal to a 10 with…Read more…

Edwardsville husband and wife found dead in their home

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois husband and wife have been found dead in their home. Authorities say the bodies of 68-year-old Lois Ladd and her husband, 79-year-old Michael Ladd, a contractor, were found early Monday in their Edwardsville home. Police went to the home at the request of an employee of Lois Ladd,…Read more…

Illinois home care, child care workers to get overdue raises

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — More than 40,000 employees of the Illinois Department of Human Services who provide senior care in the home and child care services will get long-overdue salary increases. SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced an agreement Monday to implement the rate increases and provide back pay. There’s $29 million in…Read more…

ISP investigating reports of of semi-trucks running vehicles off I-57

MARION COUNTY — llinois State Police is investigating a series of incidents over the weekend in which motorists say a semi-truck ran them off Interstate 57 in a section south of Farina. According to ISP, no one was seriously injured in the incidents, but the drivers of the semi-trucks did not stop. All three motorists…Read more…

Court orders new trial in Chicago police torture case

CHICAGO (AP) — A prison inmate serving a life sentence for murder has been granted a new trial after an appellate court determined Chicago police tortured him into implicating himself in the 1989 slayings of two men. Fifty-three-year-old James Gibson hopes the charges will be dismissed and he’ll be set free after three decades behind…Read more…

MVPD arrests man wanted in February police standoff

MOUNT VERNON — Bail has been set at $100,000 for a 41-year-old Mt. Vernon man arrested over the weekend on charges stemming from an incident last month that resulted in a police standoff for hours in Mt. Vernon. Mt. Vernon police arrested Anthony Garrett on Saturday after an off-duty officer observed him in the area…Read more…

Illinois organizations prepare for important 2020 Census

CHICAGO (AP) — Experts in Illinois say preparations for next year’s U.S. Census are important because there’s a lot at stake, including billions in federal funding and congressional seats. The Chicago Tribune reports that an analysis by George Washington University’s Institute of Public Policy found that at least $34 billion in federal funding for programs that directly…Read more…

Shelters open in northern Illinois for flooding victims

FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) — Residents in northern and western Illinois continue to deal with flooding as rivers swell from melting snow and recent rains. National Weather Service readings Monday show major flooding along the Pecatonica River at Shirland and Freeport and the Rock River in the Rockford area and Moline. The Mississippi River also is…Read more…

JCSA Baseball, Softball Registration Continues

MT. VERNON — Registration for JCSA baseball and softball continues. Online registration is still ongoing at the JCSA’s website, jcsaonline.org. Chris Curry with the Jefferson County Sports Authority says there are plenty of age divisions for area kids to play in. The registration deadline for the coming season is April 5th.Read more…

Data: More Illinois high school grads enrolling out of state

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois high school graduates have increasingly chosen to enroll in out-of-state colleges and universities in recent years, according to new state data. The Illinois Board of Higher Education’s figures reveal that the exodus is continuing, the Chicago Tribune reported. More than 48 percent of public high school graduates who enrolled in four-year universities in…Read more…

Students gather at SIU to suggest Illinois government fixes

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University is turning to students to envision the future and reshape Illinois. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports college students from across the state will converge at SIU on March 28-29 for the “Renewing Illinois Summit.” Illinois government is tens of billions of dollars in…Read more…