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Metro Police Fatally Shoot Armed Man at Gas Station

Metro Police Fatally Shoot Armed Man at Gas Station

WOOD RIVER, Ill. (AP) – Authorities said police officers in the Metro East area of Illinois fatally shot a man who pulled a gun on them. KMOV-TV reported that the shooting happed at about 2 a.m. on Tuesday in the Madison County community of Wood River. Police said a gas station employee reported seeing an armed man…Read more…

Ex-Chicago Officer who Killed Laquan McDonald to be Released

Ex-Chicago Officer who Killed Laquan McDonald to be Released

CHICAGO (AP) – The white Chicago police officer convicted in the 2014 shooting death of Black teenager Laquan McDonald is days away from walking out of prison after just over three years behind bars. An Illinois Prisoner Review Board official said Jason Van Dyke will be released on Feb. 3. Van Dyke was convicted of…Read more…

Ex-Belle Rive USPS Employee Sentenced to Probation for Theft

Ex-Belle Rive USPS Employee Sentenced to Probation for Theft

BENTON – A Belle Rive woman was sentenced in federal court in Benton Tuesday afternoon to two years’ probation and was ordered to pay restitution to her victims for stealing from greeting cards while working for the U.S. Postal Service. According to court records, 31-year-old Casey L. Neal pled guilty in October of last year to theft of…Read more…

AT&T, Verizon Pause Some New 5G After Airlines Raise Alarm

AT&T, Verizon Pause Some New 5G After Airlines Raise Alarm

AT&T and Verizon said they will delay some new 5G wireless service after the airline industry raised alarms about potential interference with important systems on planes. The airlines had warned of massive flight cancellations and disruptions. The Biden administration was then involved to settle the showdown between the telecom companies and airlines over AT&T and…Read more…

Franklin County Sheriff to Award One $500 Scholarship

Franklin County Sheriff to Award One $500 Scholarship

BENTON – The Illinois Sheriffs Association announced that it will award over $58,000 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students pursuing higher education during the 2022-2023 academic year. According to a press release, the scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and fees only. The student must be enrolled full time…Read more…

Irvin, Aurora’s 1st Black Mayor, Makes GOP Bid for Governor

Irvin, Aurora’s 1st Black Mayor, Makes GOP Bid for Governor

Pictured: Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin (via City of Aurora) SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin has joined the race for Illinois governor. He announced his campaign on Monday as a Republican challenger to incumbent Democrat J.B. Pritzker. Irvin was elected the first Black mayor of Illinois’ second-largest city in 2017. He is the fifth candidate…Read more…

Springfield Museum Exhibit Features Artists From Illinois

Springfield Museum Exhibit Features Artists From Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – A museum exhibit in Springfield is featuring a range of work from Illinois artists, including Muddy Waters, Earth Wind and Fire and Chance the Rapper. It’s called the “State of Sound” and runs through Jan. 23 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Organizers said the exhibit was created to…Read more…

Illinois Eases Process of Deleting Racist Terms From Deeds

Illinois Eases Process of Deleting Racist Terms From Deeds

CHICAGO (AP) — A new state law lets homeowners in Illinois request the removal of racist language from property deeds, decades after the language was deemed unenforceable and outlawed. WBEZ reported that restrictive covenants barring Black people from owning a property or labeling properties “white only” can be edited more easily due to the change.…Read more…