Len Del “Lenny” Lance

ARNOLD, Mo. — Len Del “Lenny” Lance, 57, of Arnold, Missouri. formerly of Athens, Tennessee, and Salem, Illinois, passed away at 7:38 A.M. on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in Arnold, Missouri. He was born on May 25, 1964, in Centralia, Illinois, the son of James M. and Darlene Gay (Cole) Lance. Len is survived by…Read more…

Lawsuit seeks return of Columbus statue to Chicago park

CHICAGO (AP) — An Italian-American organization has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the Chicago Park District to return a Christopher Columbus statue to its pedestal in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood. The statue, and two others, were removed last year after demonstrators swarmed a Columbus statue in Grant Park in a failed attempt to…Read more…

Meat processor Deli Star to employ nearly 500 in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An Illinois meat processor has plans to relocate to midtown St. Louis, bringing nearly 500 jobs to the area. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Deli Star Corp., of Fayetteville, Illinois, is in the midst of renovating more than 100,000 square feet of space at the Villa Lighting Building, where production…Read more…

Garland launches gun trafficking strike forces in 5 cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is launching gun trafficking strike forces in five cities in the U.S. It’s part of an effort to reduce spiking violent crime by addressing illegal trafficking and prosecuting offenses that help put guns in the hands of criminals. Attorney General Merrick Garland is launching the strike forces on Thursday…Read more…

Ex-superintendent gets 33 months for Illinois embezzlements

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A former superintendent for two central Illinois school districts has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison and ordered to repay $343,000 he admitted embezzling over several years from the districts. A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced 48-year-old Daniel Brue, who also faces three years of supervised release following his…Read more…

88 people say they were framed by corrupt former Chicago cop

CHICAGO (AP) — Dozens of people are asking a court to throw out their convictions on drug charges because they say they were framed by the same former Chicago Police sergeant who judges have determined shook down dozens more. In a petition filed Tuesday, the Black residents of a South Side housing project say then-Sgt.…Read more…

Central Illinois Asian carp fishing tournament set to return

BATH, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois fishing tournament that was canceled two years ago because the Illinois River was flooded and last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic is returning next month. The Redneck Fishing Tournament held in Bath along the river is set for Aug. 6 and Aug. 7. The tournament is one…Read more…

Illinois Gov. Pritzker announces 2022 re-election bid

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ governor is running for re-election. J.B. Pritzker, who spent the last 18 months leading the state through one of the more treacherous health crises in history, announced Monday he will seek a second term. The multi-billionaire private equity investor set the record for governor elections by pumping nearly $150 million…Read more…

Illinois college boards suggest schools require vaccination

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Two state agencies overseeing higher education in Illinois are encouraging colleges and universities to require COVID-19 vaccinations of students heading to campuses this fall. The Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Illinois Community College Board on Monday made the recommendation, which they say follows recently released guidance from the Centers…Read more…

Chicago cops hope money talks in new gun trafficking effort

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Department is rolling out a new effort to attack gun trafficking that relies heavily on people coming forward with information in exchange for money. Superintendent David Brown announced the Gun Investigations Team of 50 police officers and prosecutors on Monday. The money will come from a $1 million fund…Read more…

Protest targets Illinois officer’s force against Black teens

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Activists are calling for officials to reinvestigate an incident where a southern Illinois police officer used force against two Black teenagers while breaking up a fight at a trampoline park. Nearly 20 people held a protest march Sunday in Fairview Heights in the Metro East region to call for accountability…Read more…

Body of missing Woodlawn woman recovered

JEFFERSON COUNTY — The body of a 25-year-old Woodlawn woman was recovered from floodwater Sunday morning after dive teams suspended their search the previous night due to unsafe conditions. Shelby Mitchell went missing around 3:30 a.m. Saturday following reports that her vehicle left the road on Panzier Lane just south of Illinois Route 15 near…Read more…

Survey shows: Growth continues in rural parts of 10 states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new monthly survey of bankers in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states suggests continued economic growth in the region, even as nonfarm jobs in most of those states remained below pre-pandemic levels. The overall Rural Mainstreet economic index dropped to 65.6 in July from June’s 70.0. Any score…Read more…

Woman accused of concealing mother’s death, getting benefits

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois woman is accused of concealing her mother’s death and continuing to accept the woman’s financial benefits and assistance. Reena S. Hayashi of Fairview Heights is charged in St. Clair County Circuit Court with two counts of concealing a death and one count of obstructing justice. Hayashi’s bail…Read more…