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Flora police report features two arrested for Wayne County Larceny

FLORA, Ill. - The Flora police activity report this week kicks off with two local men arrested on Wayne County warrants for Larceny. That'd be what occurred a week ago, Monday, February 4, when at 11:50 am Flora Police arrested Gerald E Baker, 57 of Flora for the outstanding Wayne County warrant for


R. Kelly charged with criminal sexual abuse in Illinois

Chicago — R. Kelly turned himself into Chicago police late Friday, hours after Illinois prosecutors announced he had been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Kelly is accused of abusing four victims, at least three of whom were allegedly underage, in incidents that date back


SE Illinois' top 5 grade school ELA scores: Where does your school district rank?

Grade school districts in Cisne, Fairfield and Albion ranked among SE Illinois' highest for reading aptitude, according to the Illinois State Board of Education. As part of the annual Partnership For Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers ("PARCC") examination, Illinois public school studen


EPA detects highest level of carcinogens at Illinois plant

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says air monitors near a suburban Chicago plant recently detected the highest level of a cancer-causing chemical at the facility since the federal government began testing.


Illinois State Police seizes over 110lbs of suspected cocaine

MCLEAN COUNTY, Ill. (KWQC) - Officials say a traffic stop made in Mclean County, IL resulted in two arrests and the seizure of suspected cocaine weighing more than 110lbs. On February 21st, 2019 an Illinois State Trooper from the Statewide Criminal Patrol Team stopped a truck tractor-semitrailer com


Free Fishing Days For Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois For 2019

While it may still be February and chilly outside, it's never too early to think about fishing. There are many areas around the Tri-State to put your fishing skills to the test, but if you are 17 and older, you must purchase your fishing license first. However, there are a few days this year when a


Illinois Hepatitis A Outbreak: 44 Cases Reported

ILLINOIS — The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting a hepatitis Aoutbreak with 44 confirmed cases across the state. The majority of cases are among individuals at high risk for infection–including men who have sex with men, homeless individuals and/or those who use drugs.


Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants a 5-cent bag tax across Illinois. Shoppers aren't buying it.

For more than two years, Chicagoans have struggled with a nagging decision at grocery stores and other retailers – pay 7 cents for a disposable bag, or somehow do without. Now, if Gov. J.B. Pritzker has his way, shoppers across the state will face a similar choice.


Bomb Cyclone to Bring Strong Winds to Central Illinois This Weekend

Peoria, IL - Alright, I admit the headline is a little "Clickbait-y", but a rare weather phenomenon known as a "Bomb Cyclone" is about to bring Central Illinois some very strong winds this weekend.


Representative Bailey Issues Statement on Governor’s Budget Address

State Representative Darren Bailey (R-Louisville) recently released the following statement regarding Governor Pritzker’s Budget Address. “The Governor’s budget proposal for this next year is based on faulty economics,” commented Rep. Darren Bailey. “His suggesting that more revenue from sports gamb


Another meth-related arrest in Carmi made Thursday

CARMI, Ill. - Authorities aren't saying whether or not the arrest of Michael French is remotely related to another made at about the same time Thursday, but folks in the know can make a pretty good guess.


How Illinois bet on video gambling and lost

Editor’s note: This story is a collaboration between ProPublica Illinois and WBEZ Chicago, co-published with the Chicago Sun-Times. It was originally published by ProPublica.


Illinois Supreme Court Justice Faces Complaint Over Preckwinkle Political Event

Days before the Chicago election, a complaint was filed Friday against Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke over a fundraiser at her home for mayoral contender Toni Preckwinkle.


Records: 75 percent revoked Illinois gun licenses ignored

CHICAGO (AP) — Police say that of the people who received gun license revocations last year in Illinois, more than 75 percent ignored the notices. Illinois State Police issued a report late Thursday in response to questions about the gunman who fatally shot five co-workers at a suburban Chicago ware


5 motorcycles swiped from O’Fallon, Illinois dealership

O'FALLON, Ill. - Thieves swiped five motorcycles from a local business early Friday morning. At the Metro East Motorsports in O'Fallon, a rock or large piece of concrete was thrown through a window. Five thieves wearing black clothing and motorcycle helmets ran into the showroom, grabbed five new Ka


Are Illinois Public Retirement Systems Pension Funds Or Pyramid Schemes?

The evidence continues to mount: Illinois’s new elected officials and their advisors simply don’t believe that it matters that public pensions are pre-funded. They view pension funds as something that exists on paper, and pension reporting as a nuisance to be avoided where possible, and ignored othe


Illinois state and local governments spend most in nation on pensions

According to recent data, Illinois spends nearly double the national average on pensions, measured as a percentage of all state and local government spending. Unfunded pensions for state and local government employees are a growing crisis nationwide. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, the 50 st


Clay County Sheriff’s Report

LOUISVILLE, IL-(Effingham Radio)- The following has been released by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office:. Clay County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested Amy J. Gray, 46, Flora, on an outstanding Clay County warrant for Failure to Appear on the original charge of Theft. Bond set at $3,000.00 (10%), plus $75.00


Clay Electric Cooperative Opens New Office

Clay Electric Cooperative will be closed on February 26 – 28 to move into its new office at 7784 Old Highway 50 in Flora. The Cooperative will reopen on March 1 at its new location.


Snoop Dogg raps his way to Illinois State Fair this summer

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Rap legend Snoop Dogg is coming to the Illinois State Fair . Organizers announced Friday that Snoop Dogg and Friends will perform Aug. 16 at the Grandstand .