Author Archives: Monica Seals

Officials: More than 6,900 new virus cases in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State health officials are reporting more than 6,900 new cases of the COVID-19 virus in Illinois and 36 more deaths. The 6,943 new infections reported Friday top the new cases Thursday by about 580. The Public Health department says more than 402,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Illinois and more…Read more…

Ex-school chief pleads guilty to looting lunch program

CHICAGO (AP) — The former operator of a northern Illinois private school has pleaded guilty to looting hundreds of thousands of dollars from a nutrition program for the poor to finance a luxurious lifestyle. Pamela Strain, founder of Beacon Hill Academy, which operated in Harvey and as Lighthouse Christian Academy in Lansing, pleaded guilty Thursday…Read more…

COVID-19 crackdown now in 9 of 11 regions in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A region that includes counties in central and west-central Illinois is the latest to face restrictions on social interaction to slow the spread of COVID-19. Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday imposed “resurgence mitigations” on the area incliuding Springfield, Lincoln, and Quincy. It is the ninth of 11 COVID-19 monitoring regions to…Read more…

David “Dave” L. Schwartz

WALNUT HILL — David “Dave” L. Schwartz, 77, of Walnut Hill, passed away at 10:34 p.m. Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at St. Louis University Hospital. He was born December 12, 1942, the son of Matthew and Pauline (Larsh) Schwartz at St. Mary Hospital in Centralia, Illinois. He married his high school sweetheart, Anne Marie Carl…Read more…

U-Store managers arrested for burglaries to facility units

MOUNT VERNON — The Mt. Vernon Police Department arrested on Wednesday arrested the managers of a storage unit facility on Veterans Memorial Drive in connection with burglaries of units on the property. According to MVPD, members of the Mt Vernon Police Department Detective Division applied for and received search warrants for the U-Store Storage Facility…Read more…

Salem PD investigating break-in at local pharmacy

UPDATE: The Salem Police Department is investigating a break-in at a local pharmacy.   They received a call around 8:24 a.m. Thursday reporting a burglary of the Medicine Shoppe at 215 North Broadway in Salem where Michael “Craig” Morton, the owner of the pharmacy, who discovered the break-in.   Salem Police Chief Sean Reynolds reports…Read more…

Indiana woman killed in head-on collision on U.S. 50 in Clay County

CLAY COUNTY — A crash Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 50 in Clay County has claimed the life of a 35-year-old Evansville, Indiana woman. According to Illinois State Police, around 1:20 Wednesday afternoon, Jennifer Joyce Black was traveling westbound on U.S. 50 when for an unknown reason she moved into the westbound lane and struck the…Read more…

GOP leaders ask Pritzker to justify his bar, restaurant plan

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says his administration is collecting and will make public the data to justify his COVID-19 restrictions on indoor dining after Senate Republicans urged him to release the numbers. Illinois reported 6,110 new coronavirus infections, the second-highest single-day total. Pritzker imposed social restrictions on a fourth region this…Read more…