Category Archives: Local News

Names Released of Two Killed in Train-Involved Accident

Names Released of Two Killed in Train-Involved Accident

ULLIN – Illinois State Police Wednesday released the names of the two killed in the train-involved accident Tuesday morning in Pulaski County. According to Illinois State Police, Carmi residents 76-year-old Lanny Stocke and his passenger 74-year-old Betty Stocke were killed when a Canadian National Railroad train struck their white Ford truck. They were pronounced dead…Read more…

Four Deaths, 42 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Region

Four Deaths, 42 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Region

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Wednesday reported 2,022 new COVID-19 cases, including 44 additional deaths. Among southern Illinois health departments, 42 new cases and four deaths due to the virus were reported. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,179,342 cases, including 20,374 deaths, in 102 counties. Local case breakdown: Franklin County: eight…Read more…

Trump-Appointed U.S. Attorney Retained by President Biden

Trump-Appointed U.S. Attorney Retained by President Biden

CHICAGO – The Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney investigating public corruption in Illinois will be retained by President Joe Biden U.S. Sens Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworkth announced John Lausch, the U.S. Attorney for Northern District of Illinois, will be kept on by the Biden administration until a successor is confirmed. Lausch has cases pending in the…Read more…

Madigan Successor Steps Down Three Days After Appointment

Madigan Successor Steps Down Three Days After Appointment

CHICAGO – Rep. Edward Guerra Kodatt – a handpicked successor of former Rep. Mike Madigan – resigned Wednesday morning, just three days after his appointment. The longest-serving lawmaker in Illinois history, Madigan suggested his successor should resign late Tuesday night “after learning of alleged questionable conduct.” Madigan did not elaborate. The Capitol Bureau will also investigate to learn more about…Read more…

Pritzker: Food Help Expanded for Schoolchildren Statewide

Pritzker: Food Help Expanded for Schoolchildren Statewide

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Gov. JB Pritzker said Tuesday as many as 1 million Illinois schoolchildren will get more nutritious meals after state officials received an expansion of a federally subsidized pandemic-relief program. Illinois was one of 16 states that sought additional assistance from the U.S. Agriculture Department’s program. Pritzker said at a news conference that…Read more…

HUD Awards $134M for Public Housing Authorities in Southern Illinois

HUD Awards $134M for Public Housing Authorities in Southern Illinois

CHICAGO – Several southern Illinois housing authorities are among 93 across Illinois to receive parts of $134 million in funding to make capital investments in their public housing units, according to a statement released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developments (HUD). HUD said the funding is part of more than $2.7…Read more…

COVID-19 Cases Total 56, One Death Reported in Southern Illinois

COVID-19 Cases Total 56, One Death Reported in Southern Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health Tuesday reported 1,665 new COVID-19 cases in Illinois, including 27 additional deaths. Southern Illinois health departments reported 56 new cases of the novel coronavirus across the region. Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 1,177,320 cases, including 20,330 deaths. Local case breakdown: Jackson County: 10 Jefferson County: seven Williamson…Read more…

Two Dead in Pulaski County After Accident Involving Train

Two Dead in Pulaski County After Accident Involving Train

ULLIN – Two are dead after a fatal accident involving a train Tuesday morning in Pulaski County. According to Illinois State Police, at 11:30 a.m. a white Ford Truck driven by a 76-year-old man was turning west onto McIntosh Lane from US 51 one mile south of Ullin when the driver pulled onto the rail…Read more…