Chicago public health department confirms measles case

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago health officials say they’ve confirmed a measles case and are working to contact those who may have been exposed to the infection. The Chicago Department of Public Health said Saturday they confirmed the case Friday and exposures may have occurred on Thursday and Friday at O’Hare International Airport and in downtown…Read more…

44th Street Construction Project Eyeing Completion by Mid-Summer

MT. VERNON — Work continues to progress on 44th Street just north of Broadway near I-57 in Mt. Vernon. The roughly $1 million project has been multi-faceted for the city of Mt. Vernon. Mt. Vernon mayor John Lewis says the project included moving multiple utility lines and other non-road related work as well. The project…Read more…

Crash kills ‘perfect’ small-town Illinois police chief

RAYMOND, Ill. (AP) — A crash has killed the police chief in a small Illinois town. State police say a car crossed into the southbound lane of Illinois 127 on Thursday, striking a Ford Mustang driven by Raymond police Chief Valerie Sheldon. The 39-year-old had been chief in the Montgomery County community since 2010. Police…Read more…

Man charged with driving into crowd, killing 1, free on bond

ALTON, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois man charged with murder last year after allegedly driving into a group of people in a parking lot, killing a woman and injuring another is free on bond. The Telegraph in Alton reports Caleb Lenhardt has posted $100,000 cash bond. He was being held in the Madison County Jail…Read more…

Pregnant Chicago woman slain, baby cut from her womb

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman who sold baby clothes to a pregnant woman and lured her back to her house with an offer of more clothing has been charged with murder after allegedly strangling the woman with a cord and cutting the infant from her womb, police said Thursday. Clarisa Figueroa, 46, apparently wanted…Read more…

Korean War soldier, MIA since the conflict, to be buried

STERLING, Ill. (AP) — A soldier who was killed during the Korean War has been returned to Illinois and will be buried next to his twin, who was killed during the same battle. The remains of Cpl. John G. Krebs will be buried Friday at Sterling’s Calvary Cemetery, next to his brother George. The 19-year-old…Read more…

Survey: Region’s bankers losing confidence in farm economy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states shows they’re rapidly losing confidence in the region’s farm economy. The Rural Mainstreet survey for May, released Thursday, shows the survey’s overall index dropping from 50 in April to 48.5 this month. Any score above 50 suggests…Read more…

Activists want pot revenue for communities hit by drug crime

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Activists rallied outside the Illinois Capitol to demand a revenue stream from marijuana sales to communities affected by violence spurred by illegal drug activity. Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s recreational cannabis legalization proposal allocates 25% of tax revenue generated by marijuana sales for community development. Pritzker rolled out the recreational cannabis proposal earlier…Read more…

Missouri truck driver pleads guilty in fatal crash near Flora, Ill.

CLAY COUNTY — A 63-year-old Sikeston, Mo. truck driver pleaded guilty Thursday in Clay County court to aggravated driving under the influence of drugs that resulted in the deaths of two men in July 2017. Walter B. Pollock was accused of causing a fiery crash killed in the fiery crash July 27, 2017, on U.S…Read more…

Brownstown man pleads guilty in fatal 2016 DUI crash near Patoka

MARION COUNTY — A 23-year-old Brownstown man has pleaded guilty in Marion County court to one of three charges against him stemming from a crash on U.S. 51 that claimed the life of an Odin man. Ryan Feezel was charged in connection with a July 2016 traffic crash on U.S. 51 north of Patoka that…Read more…

Illinois encourages recycling of farm-chemical containers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois agriculture officials are encouraging farmers and agrichemical facilities to save empty chemical containers for recycling late this summer. Agriculture Department Director John Sullivan announced Wednesday that the state will collect empty pesticide other chemical containers at various sites from mid-August and into September . The containers can be recycled into shipping pallets,…Read more…