MCSO investigating Saturday night armed robbery

MARION COUNTY — The Marion County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a Saturday night armed robbery of  Biggies Cafe on Route 161 at Interstate 57. According to reports, around 11:20 p.m. Saturday, a short white male, wearing a red bandana on his face, a green bandana on his head and riding gloves entered Biggies and displayed…Read more…

Five people killed in two-car crash in Fayette County

FAYETTE COUNTY — A two-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon on U.S. Route 40 between Brownstown and St. Elmo on claimed the lives of five people. According to the Illinois State Police,  the accident occurred at 3:14 p.m. Saturday on U.S. Route 40 at N 1750 Street. Crash reports say a vehicle driven by 50-year-old Lloyd A.…Read more…

USGS: Small earthquake rattles Indiana, adjacent states

BLOOMINGDALE, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a small earthquake centered near a western Indiana town rattled parts of Indiana and adjacent states Thursday afternoon. The federal agency said a magnitude 3.8 quake occurred at 3:18 p.m. and was centered just west of the Parke County town of Bloomingdale. The USGS says the…Read more…

Illinois joins states with vaccine incentive lotteries

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois has joined the group of states offering millions of dollars in cash prizes and scholarships to encourage residents to get vaccinated. Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday the state will offer $7 million in cash prizes and $3 million in scholarships through a new lottery open to all residents who have received…Read more…

With Juneteenth new federal holiday, Illinois offices close

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois government offices will be closed Friday in a nod to a new federal law, making Juneteenth an official holiday. The announcement Thursday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker supersedes state law signed Wednesday by the governor that would have made June 19 a state holiday next year. Because the day falls on…Read more…

Illinois governor signs $42B state spending plan into law

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a $42 billion spending plan for Illinois that includes $2.5 billion in spending from a multiyear federal relief package. The budget came together after Pritzker issued dire predictions for coming fiscal pain last fall. Voters soundly rejected his proposed constitutional amendment to scrap the state’s flat-rate income…Read more…

Survey: strong growth continues in rural parts of 10 states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new monthly survey of bankers suggests strong growth continues across rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states. The overall Rural Mainstreet economic index slipped in to 70 June from May’s record high of 78.8, but it remained in positive territory above 50. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said the…Read more…

Internet outages briefly disrupt access to websites, apps

A wave of brief internet outages has hit dozens of financial institutions, airlines and other companies. Internet monitoring websites showed disruptions across the globe. Many of the outages were reported by people in Australia trying to do banking, book flights and access postal services. Australia’s central bank also was affected, as was Hong Kong’s stock…Read more…

Pedestrian killed in Wednesday night crash near Bonnie

JEFFERSON COUNTY — The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a crash Wednesday night near Bonnie that resulted in the death of a 40-year-old male pedestrian. According to Sheriff Jeff Bullard, around 10:47 p.m. Wednesday, deputies responded to a single-vehicle crash on Illinois Highway 37 just north of Bonnie. The driver, 22-year-old Taylor B. Bizaillion,…Read more…

Hours after 4 killed in Chicago, 5 more hurt in shooting

CHICAGO (AP) — Police say five people standing outside on Chicago’s West Side were shot in a violent end to a day that began with a mass shooting on the city’s South Side that left four people dead. Police say four men and one woman were shot about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday near Garfield Park, possibly…Read more…

Lawmakers return to Capitol to debate energy policy overhaul

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois lawmakers are returning to Springfield to consider a major energy policy overhaul and an elected school board for Chicago. Lawmakers left Springfield weeks ago after approving a $42 billion budget. The energy overhaul has been contentious with debate focused on the closure of all coal-fired plants by 2035 and hefty state…Read more…

Centralia man released following arrest in shooting case

CENTRALIA — A 25-year-old Centralia man was arrested and released from the Marion County Jail over the weekend after he allegedly fired a gun toward another man following a dispute between two groups of people. Matthew Woods was arrested around 10:30 p.m. Friday on multiple charges after allegedly firing the weapon in the 600 block…Read more…

SALEM — A 44-year-old Salem man is in the Marion County Jail following his arrest over the weekend on charges of child pornography and unlawful recording. Marion County Sheriff’s deputies arrested David Tindall Saturday afternoon at Bryan Memorial Park in Salem. An investigation reportedly indicated that Tindall placed a video recording device in a residence.…Read more…

Woman charged with attempting to stab people at Mt. Vernon truck stop

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A bona fide doubt to the mental fitness of a 26-year-old Champaign woman was entered Monday in Jefferson County Court following her weekend arrest at a local truck stop. According to Mt. Vernon Police Chief Trent Page, officers arrested Cierra Lewis Sunday after they responded to reports from the Huck’s Travel Center…Read more…