IDOT to Reopen Work Zones to Help with July 4 Travel

SPRINGFIELD – IDOT announced Monday that lanes in work zones will be reopened where possible for the July 4 holiday to minimize travel disruption. Non-emergency roadwork will be suspended from 3 this afternoon until 11:59 p.m. tomorrow night when construction will be permitted to resume. The following lane closures will remain in place. Work zone

Benton Police Report for June 29

BENTON – A Benton man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop Friday at the intersection of Route 14 and Central Street in Benton. Benton Police say during the stop, K-9 Ranger alerted on the odor of illegal narcotics in the vehicle 33-year-old Jason Pruitt of Madison, Illinois was driving. Pruitt is currently living

Jefferson County Jury Finds WA Man Not Guilty of Sex Offenses

MT. VERNON – A 48-year-old Amboy, Washington man was released Friday from the Jefferson County Jail after a jury found him not guilty of the felony sex crimes he was facing. After two days of testimony, a Jefferson County jury returned their not guilty verdicts against Trevor Colby, who was charged with Class 1 felony

Heat Index 100 to 105 Today

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – Another scorcher is forecast and temperatures peaking in the lower 90s will combine with high humidity to produce triple digit heat index values this afternoon. Scattered showers and storms will be about the only relief from the heat, but at least will produce a few more clouds. This additional cloudiness should result

RMTD Breaks Ground on New Park-and-Ride Facility in Marion

MARION – Rides Mass Transit District broke ground Thursday morning on the area’s new park-and-ride public transit facility near the grounds of the state regional office and VA Medical Center in Marion. RMTD CEO Bill Jung says the new park-and-ride will expand the availability and identity of the services rural transit in general and Rides

Narcotics Search at Carbondale Home Leads to Man’s Arrest

CARBONDALE – A man was arrested on drug charges after the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group assisted by Carbondale Police executed a narcotics search warrant at a home in the 600 block of North Michaels Street in Carbondale Wednesday. Officials say during the search, agents seized 326 grams of MDMA, 450 hits of acid and 4

Streetscape Work Begins in Front of Carbondale City Hall

CARBONDALE – Work along Illinois Avenue, east of Carbondale City Hall, has begun as part of the Illinois Avenue Streetscape Improvements Project. Carbondale Public Relations Officer Amy Fox says the contractor is removing existing sidewalk and steps. For your safety, visitors are asked to avoid this area as much as possible. In addition, parking will