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Police: Body in River Was Missing Illinois State Student

Police: Body in River Was Missing Illinois State Student

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A body discovered in the Illinois River nearly three weeks ago has been confirmed as a graduate student missing from Illinois State University. Authorities said Jelani Day’s identity was confirmed through DNA and other records. The 25-year-old Day was last seen at the Illinois State campus on Aug. 24. His car…Read more…

Dozens of Afghan Children Arrive in Chicago After Evacuation

Dozens of Afghan Children Arrive in Chicago After Evacuation

CHICAGO (AP) – Officials said dozens of Afghan children have arrived in Chicago as refugees evacuated from Afghanistan during the U.S. withdrawal continue to reach American cities. The unaccompanied Afghan minors – children who traveled without a parent or legal guardian – arrived Wednesday at Chicago O’Hare International Airport following a flight from Qatar. The…Read more…

Lane Closure Due for IL 149-IL 127 Intersection in Murphysboro

Lane Closure Due for IL 149-IL 127 Intersection in Murphysboro

MURPHYSBORO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced beginning Monday, there will be an intersection/lane closure on Illinois 149 (Walnut Street)/Illinois 127 (Fifth Street) in Murphysboro for concrete pavement replacement at the intersection. Illinois 149 (Walnut Street) will be reduced to one-way eastbound traffic between Seventh Street and the intersection of Illinois 127/Illinois 13.…Read more…

Boy Scouts’ Bankruptcy Creates Rift With Religious Partners

Boy Scouts’ Bankruptcy Creates Rift With Religious Partners

NEW YORK (AP) — As the Boy Scouts of America moves through its complex bankruptcy case, it’s encountering criticism from major religious groups that help it run thousands of scout units. The churches fear an eventual settlement could leave many of them unprotected. The Boy Scouts sought bankruptcy protection in February 2020 to halt individual…Read more…

‘Maderna’ Tourist Wanted After Skipping Hawaii Zoom Hearing

‘Maderna’ Tourist Wanted After Skipping Hawaii Zoom Hearing

HONOLULU (AP) — An Illinois woman is wanted in Hawaii after she didn’t show up for a virtual court hearing on her arrest for an alleged fake COVID-19 vaccination card that misspelled Moderna as “Maderna.” At a hearing on the case held via Zoom, Judge Karin Holma said she would issue a $500 warrant for…Read more…

Fall Craft & Vendor Fair Taking Place Saturday in West Frankfort

Fall Craft & Vendor Fair Taking Place Saturday in West Frankfort

WEST FRANKFORT – The 9th annual Fall Craft and Vendor Fair takes place tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Frankfort Historical District. Crafters and vendors will sell their wares and share information about their small businesses, plus breakfast will be served from 7 to 9 a.m. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to…Read more…

R. Kelly Won’t Testify at His Sex Trafficking Trial

R. Kelly Won’t Testify at His Sex Trafficking Trial

NEW YORK (AP) – R. Kelly told a judge that he won’t take the witness stand at his sex trafficking trial. His comments Wednesday mean he’ll avoid the risk of a potentially brutal cross-examination. The defense is expected to rest its case later Wednesday and clear the way for the start of closing arguments. Defense…Read more…

Mt. Vernon Building Housing Antioch International Assembly Declared Dangerous

Mt. Vernon Building Housing Antioch International Assembly Declared Dangerous

MT. VERNON – After an inspection, The City of Mt. Vernon has reported a building that houses the Antioch International Assembly dangerous and dilapidated. The owner of the Antioch International Assembly building called the City Engineer’s Office Monday about a partial floor collapse inside. When inspectors returned Tuesday, they found the situation had worsened. The department then notified the…Read more…

Illinois’ Eviction Moratorium to Expire October 3

Illinois’ Eviction Moratorium to Expire October 3

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The state’s moratorium on enforcement of residential evictions will expire on Oct. 3, according to Gov. JB Pritzker’s latest COVID-19 executive order issued Friday. Pritzker had extended the order each month with minor to substantial revisions since March 2020. The extensions have come in 30-day windows, coinciding with his monthly reissuance of a disaster…Read more…

McDonald’s to Begin Phasing Out Plastic Toys in Happy Meals

McDonald’s to Begin Phasing Out Plastic Toys in Happy Meals

McDonald’s plans to “drastically” reduce the plastic in its Happy Meal toys worldwide by 2025. The burger giant said Tuesday it’s working with toy companies to develop new ideas, such as three-dimensional cardboard superheroes kids can build or board games with plant-based or recycled game pieces. McDonald’s said it’s also exploring using recycled plastic toys to make…Read more…