Union County Prosecutor Suing Five Opioid Makers

JONESBORO – The Union County States’ Attorney’s office is the latest to take opioid makers to court. Prosecutors in Jonesboro this week filed the suit against five drug makers. State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds said the drug companies have some responsibility for the wave of drug cases that he and other prosecutors have seen over the

Amtrak Offers Discount for Travel to View Solar Eclipse

CHICAGO (AP) — Amtrak is offering discounted tickets for passengers traveling to southern Illinois to view the upcoming total solar eclipse. A coast-to-coast total solar eclipse — where day briefly becomes night — will occur in the U.S. on Aug. 21 for the first time in 99 years. It’ll last the longest near Carbondale, Illinois.

Illinois’ First Fracking Permit Reignites Controversy

ENFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An application for a fracking permit in southern Illinois has revived the debate on high-volume oil and gas drilling. The practice was signed into law in Illinois in 2013. Opponents fear it’ll cause pollution and health problems, while industry and other supporters say it’s safe and will create badly-needed jobs. The

Belleville Man Sentenced in 2015 Mt. Vernon Bank Robbery

MT. VERNON – A Belleville man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for the 2015 robbery of a Mt. Vernon bank. Forty-seven-year-old Rodney D. Brock pleaded guilty Friday in Jefferson County Court to Class 1 felony robbery of a financial institution. Brock admitted that on Friday, June 12, 2015, he used threats of

Southeastern Illinois College Receives $2.5M Donation

HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — Southeastern Illinois College has received a $2.5 million donation for a new art museum on its Harrisburg campus. SIC President Jonah Rice announced the contribution from Retired Air Force Colonel William Hise and the estate of his late twin brother Air Force Brigadier General James Hise on Thursday. The money will

Brookport Man Sentenced to Death Penalty in Girlfriend’s Ohio Slaying

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An Illinois man convicted of abducting his estranged girlfriend from Kentucky and killing her along an Ohio interstate has been sentenced to receive the death penalty. A judge in southwest Ohio’s Warren County sentenced Brookport, Illinois, resident Terry Froman on Thursday. The judge followed the recommendation of jurors who this month

Illinois Lawmakers Meeting Again to Try to Reach Budget Deal

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Legislature is holding another day of a special session with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders still at odds over an elusive budget deal. Lawmakers will meet Friday for the third straight day of a session that could continue through the end of the month. Rauner called the session

No July 4th Fireworks Display in Anna This Year

ANNA – The skies over Anna will be silent this Fourth of July. City leaders Tuesday canceled their annual fireworks display. Mayor Steve Hartline says the company they hired to put on the show failed to get a permit from the Illinois State Fire Marshal. Hartline says he hopes to have fireworks next year. There’s

The Latest: Estimate: Special session costs $48K for 1 day

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Rough estimates show that it costs nearly $48,000 for one day of legislative special session in Illinois, factoring in travel and per diem payments for lawmakers. The Secretary of the Senate’s office provided a snapshot, accounting for $111 daily per diem and 39 cents per mile for 177 members of the General