Centralia man sentenced to IDOC for brutal beating of teen

MARION COUNTY — A 49-year-old Centralia man was sentenced Wednesday in Marion County Court to eight years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the severe beating last summer of a 15-year-old boy on a Centralia street. Christopher James pleaded guilty in November 2019 to one of two Class 3 felony charges of aggravated battery…Read more…

Equal Pay Act case declined by Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States Supreme Court has decided not to take up a case regarding salaries and the Equal Pay Act. On Thursday, the court is leaving in place a decision that employers can’t use past salary history to justify a pay disparity between male and female employees. The case was out of…Read more…

Authorities seek help identifying Chicago arson suspects

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police and federal authorities are looking to the public to provide the identities of 18 people who allegedly set fires during unrest following the death of George Floyd. U.S. Attorney John Lausch says 53 separate cases of arson were reported between May 30 and June 3. Lausch says each fire was…Read more…

Wage hike, driving privileges, civics addressed in new laws

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — New Illinois state laws dictating minimum wage, certain driving offenses and LGBTQ history education in public schools will take effect Wednesday. Low-wage workers statewide will see a pay increase for the second time this year. The minimum wage will increase to $10 from $9.25. In Chicago, the minimum wage will go…Read more…

14 St. Louis-area residents accused after FBI sting

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Fourteen people from the St. Louis area are facing federal charges accusing them of attempting to have sex with minors following an FBI investigation. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday that all of the suspects were arrested this week at homes where they allegedly thought they were going to engage in…Read more…

Restaurants Beginning to Welcome Back Dine-In Customers

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS — Restaurants are opening their buildings to patrons again as a part of Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois reopening plan. The state officially entered Phase 4 on Friday. While some businesses took major blows because of the pandemic, Pam Ruiz with Tequilas Mexican Restaurants says their locations across southern Illinois have fared…Read more…

ISP investigating nearly a dozen threats against Gov. Pritzker

Illinois State Police have investigated 11 violent threats against Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker since the COVID-19 pandemic began, including an email from a man who vowed to “put a bullet through” the governor’s brain. That message came from someone in the Collinsville area in southern Illinois. Agents made contact with the author, “who stated they…Read more…

State Rep. Bailey’s suit against governor remanded back to county court

The controversial lawsuit case between Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) and Gov. JB Pritzker has regained momentum. Both parties have waited weeks for a decision on where the case would continue. U.S. Magistrate Judge Gilbert Sison remanded the case back to Clay County on Monday. The Illinois Attorney General’s office wanted consideration in federal court on…Read more…

Okawville man charged with federal mail theft

EAST ST. LOUIS — A 45-year-old Okawville man has been indicted in federal court with one count mail theft and four counts possessing stolen mail. Seth Sorensen was indicted with stealing mail out of a residential mailbox on R&R Drive in Okawville. Sorenson was also charged with possession of stolen mail addressed to a second…Read more…

Facebook to build $800 million data center in DeKalb

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Facebook has announced it will build an $800 million data center in DeKalb that will create about 100 permanent jobs and depend on 100 percent renewable energy. The social media giant said Tuesday the 907,000 square-foot data center will use 80% less water than an average data center. It will be…Read more…

CPD investigating armed robbery of convenience store

CENTRALIA — Centralia police are investigating an early Tuesday morning robbery of a southside convenience store. According to police, around 5:45 a.m. they received a report of an armed robbery at the Huck’s Store on East Calumet Street in Centralia. Reports indicate a white man armed with a gun entered the store and demanded money…Read more…