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…

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…

Centralia children’s parade back on after Wamac mayor steps in

CENTRALIA — A few hours after it appeared the Moose Annual Halloween Children’s Parade wouldn’t take place Saturday, Wamac Mayor Butch Mathus stepped in to ensure the event would go on. The Centralia Moose announced Wednesday afternoon that due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the area, along with guidance from their State…Read more…

State reports 6,110 new COVID-19 cases, 51 deaths as numbers continue to grow

The number of coronavirus cases in Illinois continues to rise. Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Wednesday reported 6,110 new cases of COVID-19 along with 51 new deaths. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 389,095 cases, including 9,619 deaths. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from…Read more…

Centralia Moose forced to cancel Children’s Halloween Parade

CENTRALIA — The Centralia Moose was saddened to announce Wednesday the cancellation of Saturday’s Moose Annual Halloween Children’s Parade due to the recent spike of COVID-19 cases in the area. This would have been the 63rd Annual Children’s Halloween Parade in Centralia. However, guidance from their State Fraternal Organization, Governor JB Pritzker, and CDC guidelines,…Read more…

60 charged in $300M phone scam targeting elderly victims

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sixty people are charged in a widespread magazine telemarketing scam that authorities say netted $300 million from more than 150,000 elderly and vulnerable people nationwide. Minnesota U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald announced the charges Wednesday. She called it the largest elder fraud scheme in the country. The defendants are from 14 states and…Read more…

2 conservative hoaxers charged in Ohio for robocalls

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two conservative operatives under scrutiny for organizing tens of thousands of hoax robocalls falsely warning about consequences for voting by mail have been charged with telecommunications fraud and bribery in Ohio. 22-year-old Jacob Wohl, of Los Angeles, and 54-year-old Jack Burkman, of Arlington, Virginia, face similar charges in Michigan. The prosecutor for…Read more…

Store guard stabbed 27 times for asking women to wear masks

CHICAGO (AP) — Two sisters accused of stabbing a West Side Chicago store security guard 27 times with a knife after he asked them to wear face masks and use hand sanitizer have been ordered held without bond. The alleged attack late Sunday by 21-year-old Jessica Hill and 18-year-old Jayla Hill left the 32-year-old victim…Read more…

ILCS approves remote jury selection for civil trials

The Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday issued new orders regarding civil jury selections during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Court noted that most civil jury trials have been on hold during the pandemic and the pool of jurors available for selection and service has decreased due to the health and economic impacts of the pandemic.…Read more…

Area health departments reporting increasing COVID-19 cases, deaths

The Marion County Health Department on Monday reported 58 cases of the novel coronavirus were lab-confirmed over the weekend and on Monday. According to health officials, while none of the cases were in long-term care residents, four of the new cases were in school-age children. The 58 new cases bring the total number of Marion…Read more…