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Two plead guilty to Coles meth charges
CHARLESTON -- A man who was one of two people arrested for having methamphetamine avoided a conviction for that offense but received prison time for lying about his identity to police.
Illinois man dies in crash on interstate ramp at South Split
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) -- A motorist from Illinois died in a Saturday night crash after striking a guardrail on an interstate ramp in the South Split. The single-vehicle crash happened about 7:30 p.m. on the ramp from southbound I-65/70 to southbound I-65. That's near the Morris Street overpass. The cr
Crews recover 9-year-old boy's body from Illinois lake
WAUCONDA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in the northern Chicago suburb of Wauconda say they've located the body of a 9-year-old boy who fell into a lake while paddleboating. The (Waukegan) News Sun reports dive crews using sonar technology found the boy about 12 p.m. on Saturday. Wauconda Fire District of
Cheyenne Hunter earns Girl Scout Gold Award
CHARLESTON -- Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is pleased to announce that Cheyenne Hunter from Charleston has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award— the highest award a Girl Scout can receive.
Illinois lawmakers push to legalize marijuana
CHICAGO (WLS) -- April 20th, also known as 4-20, is a holiday for cannabis lovers. This year's celebration comes as Governor Pritzker and other Illinois democrats are pushing to fully legalize marijuana in the state.
A Portion of 7th Street to be Temporarily Closed in Charleston Starting Monday
According to the City of Charleston, 7th Street will be closed from Monroe north to the alley from Monday, April 22nd to Thursday, April 25th for construction. Please choose an alternate route during this time.
One dead after accident in Illinois
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ill. (WTHI) - One person is dead in Lawrence County, Illinois after an accident. Illinois State Police say it happened near the intersection of Billet Lane and 700 North in Lawrenceville Friday night.
New rules for nurses considered in Illinois House
Lawmakers could put new rules on nurses. A proposed bill would cap how many patients they can treat at one time. "It mandates how many nurses hospitals would have to have throughout the hospital." said Julie Moore-Wolfe, of St. Mary's Hospital.
Escaped Wisconsin inmate found hiding in baby crib in Illinois
A minimum-security inmate that escaped from a Milwaukee facility has been found in Illinois, police say. Steger Police located 27-year-old Trezelle Bishop at an acquaintance's home in the village of Steger after being advised by a Will County dispatch center about the ongoing contact.
Illinois nursing homes in crisis, citing payment delays, shortfalls
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Since March 2014, 20 state-licensed skilled-care nursing homes in Illinois have closed for financial reasons, while many of those continuing to serve the state's neediest elderly populations face staffing shortages and operating deficits caused by diminishing state government in
Congressman shot by Belleville man to speak in Illinois
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana is scheduled to speak later this month at a congressional prayer breakfast in southern Illinois. Scalise was injured in June 2017 when he was shot while practicing for the annual congressional baseball game in Washington. When he s
A matter of trust: Central Illinois schools update safety measures, active shooter drills
BLOOMINGTON — When they’re not evacuating for fire drills or ducking for cover to practice for tornadoes and earthquakes, Illinois students are trained to respond to active shooters in the hope that fewer shell casings will litter their classrooms and hallways.
Lyme disease cases in Illinois expected to continue to rise this year
An expert says Lyme disease cases in Illinois will likely continue to rise this year after having shown a gradual increase in recent years. Chris Stone, director of the Medical Entomology Laboratory at the Illinois Natural History Survey, said Lyme disease has doubled over the last decade.
Illinois 127 reopened in Union County
UNION COUNTY — Illinois 127 has reopened just south of Alto Pass. A temporary runaround controlled by signals is in place. Motorists should reduce speed and obey traffic control devices when traveling through this area.
Coles County electronics recycling set for April 27
MATTOON -- Disposal of computers and related equipment, TVs and more will be available for Coles County residents on April 27. An electronics recycling event is scheduled starting at 8 a.m. that day at Lake Land College, according to a news release from the Coles County Regional Planning and Develop
Charleston-Mattoon Christian Women's Connection plans luncheon
CHARLESTON — The Charleston-Mattoon Christian Women's connection will hold a luncheon from noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday at the LifeSpan Center, 11021 ECR 800 N, Charleston; the cost is $9, inclusive.
Woman ticket for DUI after crash
CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Ill (WCIA) -- A Neoga woman was ticketed for a DUI and other offenses after she was involved in a crash. This happened on I-70 near Montrose. State Police said in a release, Bonnie Swofford overcorrected her car when it started to leave the road. The car spun out of control and wa
Arthur 3rd Saturday Market Bazaar
April 20th - Arthur 3rd Saturday Market Bazaar. The secret to our Market is our Vendors. We average 50 - 60 ‘Cream of the Crop' Vendors in handcrafted items, direct sales and baked goods at each Event.
Tuscola mall: 27 stores - and no plans for a hotel
"Find out which stores are closing at the Tuscola Outlet Shops this year. The mall owners want to put a hotel where the mall is instead. If true, a hotel for what?" Last December News-Gazette reporter Ben Zigterman counted 30 stores at the mall. There are 27 now. Among the losses: Reebok, Nike and J
Donation drive helps youngster learn about different cultures
CHARLESTON -- Kids being kids, it didn't take long for the excited group of youngsters to dive into the toys, games and books brought to their day care one day last week. While the children were happy to have new playthings, the plan for giving them was not only fun but also education and exposure.