JCSO: New efforts in solving 30-year murder, decapitation mystery

JEFFERSON COUNTY — New efforts are underway to identify a 1993 murder victim whose decapitated head was found in Jefferson County. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, on January 27, 1993, in the decapitated head of a presumed white woman was discovered on the side of a wooded roadway within Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park.…Read more…

AT&T, Verizon pause some new 5G after airlines raise alarm

AT&T and Verizon say they will delay some new 5G wireless service after the airline industry raised alarms about potential interference with important systems on planes. The airlines had warned of massive flight cancellations and disruptions. The Biden administration got involved to settle the showdown between the telecom companies and airlines over AT&T and Verizon…Read more…

Irvin, Aurora’s 1st Black mayor, makes GOP bid for governor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin has joined the race for Illinois governor. He announced his campaign on Monday as a Republican challenger to incumbent Democrat J.B. Pritzker. Irvin was elected the first Black mayor of Illinois’ second-largest city in 2017. He is the fifth candidate seeking the GOP spot on the November…Read more…

Metro Police fatally shoot armed man at gas station

WOOD RIVER, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say police officers in the Metro East area of Illinois fatally shot a man who pulled a gun on them. KMOV-TV in St. Louis reports that the shooting happed at about 2 a.m. on Tuesday in the Madison County community of Wood River. Police say a gas station employee…Read more…

Airlines renew warnings of travel disruption from 5G rollout

The airline industry is raising the stakes in a showdown with AT&T and Verizon over the telecom companies’ plan to launch new 5G wireless service this week, warning that thousands of flights could be grounded or delayed if the rollout takes place near major airports. CEOs of the nation’s largest airlines said Monday that interference…Read more…

Springfield museum exhibit features artists from Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A museum exhibit in Springfield is featuring a range of work from Illinois artists, including Muddy Waters, Earth Wind and Fire and Chance the Rapper.   It’s called the “State of Sound” and runs through Jan. 23 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Organizers say the exhibit was created…Read more…

Mt. Vernon mother and baby killed in house fire, father badly burned

MOUNT VERNON — A Sunday morning house fire in Mt. Vernon claimed the lives of a young mother and her 14-month-old baby. According to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, 18-year-old Ashley Cheatham and her baby son Brendon Pauling were killed in the Sunday morning fire at 1213 South 24th in Mt. Vernon. The baby’s father,…Read more…

Ex-Chicago alderman seeks prison release over COVID concerns

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago alderman convicted of tax evasion is seeking an early release from prison due to his age, health and the omicron-fueled COVID-19 surge. Attorneys for Edward  Vrdolyak filed an emergency petition Friday. He began serving his sentence in November after several delays related to the pandemic. Attorneys say the 84-year-old…Read more…

Illinois eases process of deleting racist terms from deeds

CHICAGO (AP) — A new state law lets homeowners in Illinois request the removal of racist language from property deeds, decades after the language was deemed unenforceable and outlawed. WBEZ reports that restrictive covenants barring Black people from owning a property or labeling properties “white only” can be edited more easily due to the change.…Read more…

Centralia declares snow emergency

CENTRALIA — Due to the expected winter weather, the City of Centralia is declaring a snow emergency effective as of 12 a.m. Saturday, January 15, 2022, through 12 a.m. Sunday, January 16, 2022. A snow emergency simply means that residents should not park their vehicles on the following streets but rather park in the alley…Read more…

Navient settlement: Indebted student borrowers to benefit

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tens of thousands of people who took out student loans over the past 20 years could see their loans canceled or receive a small check as part of a nationwide settlement with Navient, a major student loan collecting company. Officials say borrowers who will receive restitution or debt cancellation span all…Read more…

Appeals court: Illinois counties must end ICE contracts

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that two Illinois counties holding immigrant detainees at local jails must terminate their contracts with federal immigration authorities starting Thursday. Kankakee and McHenry counties had filed a lawsuit challenging an Illinois aimed at ending immigration detention by Jan. 1 and lost. But they were allowed to…Read more…

Illinois Secretary of State offices closing for another week

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — All Illinois Secretary of State departments will not conduct in-person transactions including driver services for another week, until Jan. 24. The agency on Thursday cited the continued high number of COVID-19 cases statewide for extending the closure. The Secretary of State offices and facilities first closed on Jan. 3, due to…Read more…

Illinois getting $1.4B from feds to fix, upgrade bridges

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois will receive $1.4 billion to help upgrade its deteriorating bridges under the federal infrastructure law approved in November. The state’s Democratic congressional delegation said Friday that the funding over five years will include $274.8 million in Fiscal Year 2022. The delegation says in a news release that Illinois is home to…Read more…

CHS releases May Fete Court names

CENTRALIA — Centralia High School has announced the 2022 May Fete Court. Freshman attendants are Bailey Maas and Mya McGee. Freshman escorts are Xavier Koch and Deacon Snow. Sophomore attendants are Jordyn Peterson and Jenna Wagner with escorts Cruz Harlan and Daryle Jones. The 2022 Junior attendants are Kaylee Ashlock and Olivia Helsing and their…Read more…