Doctors grow frustrated over COVID-19 denial, misinformation

Front-line medical workers are growing weary of COVID-19 denial and misinformation in treating unvaccinated patients during the delta-driven surge. They are constantly asked to be prescribed a parasite drug and lash out at doctors when they are told no. An Illinois family practice doctor has patients tell him that microchips are embedded in vaccines designed…Read more…

Centralia man one of two charged in Clay County murder case

CLAY COUNTY — Two men have been formally charged in Clay County Court in connection with the death last month of an 80-year-old rural Clay County man in his home. The two men, 27-year-old Christopher Gallatin, of Centralia, and 30-year-old Walter West, of Edgewood, are accused of entering Roger Courson’s rural Edgewood home, causing his…Read more…

Mt. Vernon man sentenced to nearly 30 years for violent home invasion

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A 48-year-old Mt. Vernon man has been sentenced to nearly 30-years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a violent 2020 home invasion. Dontae Harris was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with credit for 317 days served in the Jefferson County Jail. Harris pleaded guilty in…Read more…

School board group asks US for help policing threats

The nation’s school boards are asking President Joe Biden for federal assistance to investigate and stop a growing number of threats made against their members. The National School Boards Association sent a letter to Biden Thursday, describing members being put on watch lists and threatened in person, online and through the mail in what it…Read more…

Board fires director who hired activist in ‘rape email’

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The director of a state board that in early 2020 was forced to end a contract with a Democratic activist after his name surfaced in purported government coverups involving a rape and illegal state hiring has been removed from his job. The Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board said Wednesday…Read more…

Hastert settlement with accuser finalized; no details public

YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A judge has finalized an out-of-court settlement between former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and a man who accused him of sexually abusing him. In a one-page order issued Wednesday, an Illinois judge wrote that the lawsuit was dismissed  “pursuant to the confidential settlement between the two parties.” The accuser’s name…Read more…

MVPD investigating armed robbery of Casey’s store

MOUNT VERNON — Mt. Vernon police are investigating a Tuesday night armed robbery on the city’s north side. According to MVPD, around 8:07 p.m. Tuesday, officers were dispatched to the Casey’s General Store at 1400 Salem Road for a report of an armed robbery. The ensuing investigation determined the offender was a heavy-set black male…Read more…

Centralia man charged with crashing head-on into estranged wife’s car

MARION COUNTY — A 28-year-old Centralia man was charged Wednesday in Marion County Court with multiple felonies following separate incidents in Centralia. According to Centralia police, Jerry Zappa was arrested Tuesday morning after receiving a 911 call from his estranged wife claiming he had just struck her car head-on as she was leaving work and…Read more…

Ky. man sentenced to 21 years for Kinmundy burglary/OP violation

MARION COUNTY — A 49-year-old Kentucky man was sentenced Tuesday in Marion County Court to 21-years in prison for breaking into a Kinmundy home in 2019 where he believed his ex-girlfriend was living with plans to kill her. According to court records, Jacob Roderick pleaded guilty August 24th to Class 1 felony residential burglary in…Read more…

State fair attendance healthy after pandemic layoff

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State officials are celebrating attendance at this year’s Illinois State Fair after it was canceled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The state Department of Agriculture reported Tuesday that the Springfield-based festival in August attracted 472,390. Since 2014, when the agency started formally tracking attendance, that’s second only to the…Read more…

US Steel: Plant’s orange plume had elevated iron levels

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Steel says a northwest Indiana plant’s discharge of elevated levels of iron were the cause of an orange plume that entered a Lake Michigan tributary, prompting the closure of several nearby beaches and a water treatment facility. The company idled the U.S. Steel Midwest plant in Portage as a precaution…Read more…

AP-NORC poll: Virus fears linger for vaccinated older adults

NEW YORK (AP) — A new survey finds that vaccinated older adults are far more worried about COVID-19 than the unvaccinated are. And those vaccinated older adults are far likelier to take precautions despite the protection afforded by their shots. The survey comes Wednesday from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The survey…Read more…

A jury convicted R. Kelly; will his music face consequences?

NEW YORK (AP) — A criminal conviction may be able to do to R. Kelly’s music what years of allegations couldn’t. A federal jury in New York convicted the R&B superstar Monday of sex trafficking after he had long managed to avoid professional consequences about reports he abused young women and children. Jem Aswad is…Read more…

Illinois man dies of rabies after apparent bat bite

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois man has died of rabies after apparently being bitten by a bat — the first human case of rabies in the state since 1954. The Illinois Department of Public Health said Tuesday in a release that the diagnosis has been confirmed by the federal Centers for Disease Control…Read more…