Three clerks cited in Centralia alcohol compliance check

CENTRALIA — Three clerks received citations Wednesday after allegedly selling alcohol to minors during a local alcohol compliance check. According to Centralia Police Chief Greg Dodson, seven local package retailers were checked and three retailers sold alcohol to the youth buyer, Lincoln Liquor Mart, Midtown Liquors and Circle K. The clerks who sold the alcohol…Read more…

Deere Q4 profit jumps 69% despite strike and supply problems

Deere & Co. said its fiscal fourth-quarter profit jumped 69% on strong sales of its agricultural and construction equipment despite a monthlong strike that began near the end of the period. The Moline, Illinois-based company said Wednesday that it earned $1.28 billion, or $4.12 per share, in the quarter that ended Nov. 1. The results…Read more…

Wisconsin authorities identify body found 13 years ago

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities have identified the body of a woman found in Wisconsin 13 years ago, but are still investigating how she died. The Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office says they had used DNA samples and dental X-rays from the body, found in a creek in 2008, to identify the dead woman as…Read more…

The Santa experience this year is a mix of laps, distancing

NEW YORK (AP) — Santa is back this year, but he’s asking people to be cautious as he continues to tiptoe through the pandemic. There are fewer available Santas this year, which means some are busier than ever. Where it’s allowed, some malls and big-box stores are offering Santa’s guests a choice of full contact…Read more…

Suburban Chicago man to plead guilty to Jan. 6 Capitol riot

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago man is scheduled to plead guilty next month to a misdemeanor charge of taking part in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Citing federal court records, the Chicago Tribune reports that 27-year-old Mark Kulas Jr., of Lake Forest is charged with “parading, demonstrating or picketing in a…Read more…

Gov. Pritzker signs new Illinois congressional map into law

CHICAGO (AP) — The Democratic governor of Illinois has signed the state’s new congressional district map into law. The outline Gov. J.B. Pritzker approved Tuesday formalizes boundaries drawn to help Democrats in next year’s midterm elections. Democrats who control the Illinois Legislature approved the proposal in October. The map was intended to eliminate two Republican-held…Read more…

Altercation during home invasion sends Woodlawn man to hospital

WOODLAWN — A 41-year-old Woodlawn man was hospitalized Saturday with injuries apparently suffered during a home invasion. According to Jefferson County Chief Deputy Blaine Uhls, the sheriff’s department received a call just before 10 p.m. Saturday from the 200 block of North Main in Woodlawn on a report of a home invasion. The complainant spoke…Read more…

Illinois looks to return 11 Purple Hearts to rightful owners

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The state of Illinois wants the public’s help to return nearly a dozen Purple Heart medals to their rightful owners. The medals are awarded to members of the U.S. military who are injured or killed while serving. Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs said the 11 medals each were left in a bank…Read more…

Fatal crash closes Rt. 37 for hours Thursday

JEFFERSON COUNTY — One person was killed in a two-vehicle crash around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon on Illinois Route 37 in Jefferson County. According to the Jefferson County Fire Protection District, a tow truck and SUV collided head-on on Route 37 just south of Goshen Meadows Road north of Mt. Vernon. The driver of the…Read more…

Health officials report 2 new COVID deaths in Marion County

MARION COUNTY — The Marion County Health Department on Thursday reported two new COVID-related deaths, bringing the county-wide death total to 157 since the beginning of the pandemic. The two deaths were in a woman in her 40s and a woman in her 60s. Neither woman was a long-term care resident and neither woman was…Read more…

Salem man charged with sexually assaulting child

MARION COUNTY — A 25-year-old Salem man was formally charged Friday in Marion County Court with the sexual assault of a four-year-old girl. Salem police arrested Joshua Roedl Wednesday night following a more than month-long investigation. Roedl was charged Friday morning in Marion County Court with two Class X felonies for predatory criminal sexual assault…Read more…

Director fired after improper law certificate given to donor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A report says the director of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board was fired this fall after an investigation found that he improperly issued a law enforcement certificate to an unqualified local philanthropist who’s also the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett. The Office of Executive Inspector General for…Read more…

Illinois sports betting sees huge jump

ILLINOIS — Sports betting in Illinois roared back to life in September after a pedestrian summer and pushed the nationwide handle past $5 billion for the month. It is the first time in history the country has reached that number. Illinois sportsbooks reported just over $596 million in handle, good for the second-best month ever…Read more…

Medical research could help with spinal cord injuries

EVANSTON, Ill. — Researchers at Northwestern University say they have discovered a breakthrough treatment for spinal cord injuries. When injected into mice, so-called “dancing molecules” mimic the motion of and communicate with biological cells, sending signals to trigger cells to repair and regenerate, which could improve outcomes for those paralyzed after suffering severe spinal cord…Read more…