Attorney General Madigan Releases Annual Holiday Safe Shopping Guide

CHICAGO – Attorney General Lisa Madigan today released her 11th Annual Safe Shopping Guide highlighting hazardous toys, children’s products and household items that have been recalled over the past year to help Illinois families ensure a safe holiday shopping season. Madigan’s 2018 Safe Shopping Guide includes detailed descriptions and photographs of children’s products recalled in

Hamilton Memorial Hospital District Holds Annual Foundation Gala

MCLEANSBORO – The Hamilton Memorial Hospital District’s 19th annual Foundation Gala was held Monday night. According to a post on the hospital’s Facebook page, Dr. David and Dr. Donna Spencer were awarded the 2018 Distinguished Healthcare Providers of the Year Award. Thirteen employees with a cumulative 225 years of service were awarded. The event also

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Mt. Vernon Police Arrest Two on Weapons Charges

MT. VERNON – Mt. Vernon Police arrested two men over the weekend on weapons charges, with one of the men being charged in Jefferson County Court Monday with being an armed habitual criminal. According to Mt. Vernon Police, around 2:18 a.m. Saturday morning, an officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 2000

Fowler’s Hardin County Legislation Receives Unanimous Senate Support

HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) to transfer property ownership of the Hardin County Work Camp to Hardin County passed the Senate on November 15. “Sponsoring this legislation was about beginning the process of empowering Hardin County and the surrounding communities to bring jobs and opportunities to the region,” said Senator

Prosecutors Drop Charges against Man in SIU Student’s Death

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (AP) — A special prosecutor has dropped charges against a man whose conviction in the death of a Southern Illinois University student was overturned on appeal. Prosecutors say they plan to rebuild a case against Gaege Bethune of Eldorado in the 2014 death of 19-year-old Pravin Varughese. Jackson Circuit Court Judge Mark Clarke

Special Prosecutor in Bethune Case Calls for Dismissal

MURPHYSBORO – A special prosecutor in the Gaege Bethune case has called for the case to be dismissed. According to a news release from Special Prosecutor David Robinson, he has filed a motion to no longer prosecute Bethune in connection with the 2014 death of SIU student Pravin Varughese. Earlier this year a jury found

McLeansboro City Council Approves Establishing Enterprise Zone

MCLEANSBORO – Here’s a recap of what happened at the McLeansboro City Council Tuesday night: The council unanimously passed a request from the Economic Development Commission to enter into an intergovernmental agreement between the city, Hamilton County, Fairfield and Wayne County to establish and enterprise zone in McLeansboro. Council members also passed a resolution authorizing