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

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

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 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

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

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, 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

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…

Warning Devices to Be Installed at Linn Road Railroad Crossing

Photo by Tom Hagerty/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) BENTON – As a matter of public safety, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) recently granted approval of a Stipulated Agreement to install new automatic warning devices at the Linn Road highway-rail grade crossing of the Union Pacific Railroad Company’s track near Benton. The agreement requires the Union Pacific…Read more…

Ex-Chicago Alderman Seeks Early Prison Release Over COVID Concerns

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Chicago alderman convicted of tax evasion is seeking an early release from prison due to his age, health and the omicron-fueled COVID-19 surge. Attorneys for Edward Vrdolyak filed an emergency petition Friday. He began serving his sentence in November after several delays related to the pandemic. Attorneys said the 84-year-old…Read more…

Tornado Victim’s Family Sues Amazon Over Warehouse Collapse

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The family of a 26-year-old delivery driver who was killed when a tornado hit an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville is filing a lawsuit. A lawsuit will be filed on behalf of the family of Austin McEwen Monday, attorneys announced Sunday afternoon. McEwen drove for a company contracted out by Amazon for deliveries. The lawsuit…Read more…

Belle Rive Man Sentenced on Meth Delivery Charge

MT. VERNON – A 59-year-old Belle Rive man was sentenced last week to 13 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after he pleaded guilty earlier this month in Jefferson County Court to delivery of methamphetamine. Bradley Gammon failed to appear in court last summer in both Jefferson and Wayne county courts. Gammon was ultimately…Read more…

Chicago Restaurant, Business Citations for Vaccine Mandate

CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago officials have handed out more than 30 citations to businesses for failing to enforce the city’s requirement that people show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in many places. The order took effect Jan. 3, and through Wednesday, the city’s Business Affairs and Consumer Protection agency had issued 32 citations to 16 businesses. The…Read more…