No Injuries Reported in Weekend Shooting in Murphysboro

MURPHYSBORO – Murphysboro Police say no one was injured following a report of shots fired around 7:30 Sunday night on Bridgewood Lane. Officers went to that location where witnesses said they saw a black man fire two shots in their direction and then left the scene on foot. The suspect was arrested, but a name

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.

Marion Man Wanted for Violating Protection Order Again

MARION – The sheriff’s office in Williamson County needs your help looking for 37-year-old Ronald “Jimmy” Cox of Marion, who has just been charged in a warrant for violation of an order of protection. Sheriff Bennie Vick says Cox posted bond Thursday on charges of residential burglary, violation of an order of protection, eavesdropping and

Illinois 148 in Christopher to Close for Railroad Crossing Work

CHRISTOPHER – The railroad crossing on Illinois 148, just south of the Illinois 148 and 14 intersection in Christopher, will be closed starting tomorrow morning at 8 for repairs. IDOT says work should be finished by 5 Thursday afternoon. No traffic will be allowed through the work zone during repairs. You should follow the marked

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

Franklin County Board Calls Special Meeting for Wednesday

BENTON – The Franklin County Board will hold a special meeting Wednesday afternoon to consider hiring a company to perform a fraud examination for the Circuit Clerk’s office. The meeting will start at 4 in the County Board Room at the Franklin County Government Annex Building, located south of the courthouse in Benton.

Tamms Infant Killed in Monday Morning Crash in Alexander County

SANDUSKY – A one-car crash in Alexander County Monday morning killed a Tamms infant. Illinois State Police say around 7:10, 19-year-old Velencia Holloway of Tamms was driving her car south on Illinois 127 north of Trinity Road in the Sandusky area when someone saw the car leaving the roadway to the right striking a culvert.