As employers struggle to fill jobs, teens come to the rescue

WASHINGTON (AP) — The owners of restaurants, amusement parks and retail shops, many of them desperate for workers, are sounding an unusual note of gratitude this summer: Thank goodness for teenagers. As the U.S. economy bounds back with unexpected speed from the pandemic recession and customer demand intensifies, high school-age kids are filling jobs that…Read more…

$110M available for transit projects outside of Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Transportation is accepting applications for projects to improve public transit systems outside of Chicago. IDOT said last week that the Rebuild Illinois capital construction program will pay for this round of projects totaling $110 million. Projects must expand and upgrade service, increase options and improve quality of…Read more…

2 Chicago officers shot, wounded trying to break up crowd

CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say two Chicago police officers were shot and wounded while trying to break up a crowd following Fourth of July gatherings. The shooting about 1:45 a.m. Monday on the city’s West Side happened less than an hour after a drive-by shooting in Washington Park on the city’s South Side left two…Read more…

Semi Crash Reported on I-57 in Franklin County Tuesday

WHITTINGTON, IL – A semi crash happened Tuesday afternoon on I-57 in Franklin County. According to Illinois State Police, 48-year-old William D. Stack of Brumley, MO was driving north on I-57 at milepost 78 near Whittington when for unknown reasons, he drove off the right side of the roadway and struck a guardrail with the…Read more…

Biden targets law-breaking gun dealers in anti-crime plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring that the federal government was “taking on the bad actors doing bad things to our communities,” President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced a series of efforts to stem a rising national tide of violent crime. But questions persist about how effective the efforts will be in calming what could be a…Read more…

Owner of closed power plant to remove toxic waste near river

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The owner of an abandoned power plant has agreed to clean up toxic waste dumped into the flood plain of the Vermilion River, boosting efforts to protest Illinois’ lone national scenic river. Under a deal brokered by the attorney general’s office, Texas-based Vistra on Monday agreed to drain pits of water-soaked…Read more…

Chicago woman dies days after shooting that killed boyfriend

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman has died days after she was dragged from a car and shot during an attack captured on video that killed her boyfriend and drew more attention to the city’s particularly violent year. The Cook County medical examiner’s office says 23-year-old Yasmin Perez died Tuesday. Her death came three days…Read more…

Biden anti-crime effort takes on law-breaking gun dealers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is announcing an effort to stem a rising national tide of violent crime but questions persist about how effective the federal efforts will be in calming what could be a turbulent summer. His plan focuses on addressing gun violence, funding cities that need police and offering community support. Officials…Read more…

US appeals court ruling setback for St. Louis-area pipeline

A federal appeals court panel has struck down the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval of a natural gas pipeline that runs through parts of Missouri and Illinois. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that the commission “failed to adequately balance public benefits and adverse…Read more…

Ex-suburban Chicago mayor gets 2 years for bribery scheme

CHICAGO (AP) — A former suburban Chicago mayor who admitted to taking part in a $300,000 bribery scheme has been sentenced to two years in federal prison. Seventy-three-year-old David Webb was sentenced Tuesday — three years after he pleaded guilty to wire fraud and filing a false tax return. Prosecutors had asked for a longer…Read more…

Man gets 63-month sentence for firing rifle at child’s party

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for firing an automatic rifle while attending a child’s birthday party in 2020. Marco Orr of East St. Louis was sentenced Monday to 63 months in federal prison after pleading guilty in April to unlawful…Read more…

Biden anti-crime effort takes on law-breaking gun dealers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is announcing an effort to stem a rising national tide of violent crime as administration officials brace for what could be a turbulent summer. His plan focuses on addressing gun violence, funding cities that need police and offering community support. Officials say Biden plans to announce in a speech…Read more…

Salem man arrested in connection with Biggies armed robbery

MARION COUNTY — The 37-year-old suspect in Saturday night’s armed robbery of Biggies Café on IL 161 is in the Marion County Jail after being released from a St. Louis area hospital where he had been treated for injuries suffered in a car crash. According to Lieutenant Andy Garden of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department,…Read more…

Weather Service: Suburban Chicago tornado had 140 mph winds

CHICAGO (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tornado that swept through Chicago’s western suburbs, damaging more than 100 homes and injuring several people, was packing 140 mph winds when it hit the heavily populated area. A weather service team that surveyed the aftermath of Sunday night’s tornado found that, based on Monday’s preliminary…Read more…