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Harrisburg man accused of killing his wife to undergo mental fitness exam, again delaying murder trial

HARRISBURG — Brian Burns will undergo a test of his mental fitness before he faces trial on two counts of first-degree murder in the 2016 death of his wife, meaning he may not be tried until three years after her death.


Harrisburg Democratic leader thrilled to be at Pritzker inauguration

SPRINGFIELD -- A Harrisburg woman, who happens to be a high-ranking Democratic state party vice-chair, said she enjoyed attending Gov. J.B. Pritzker's inauguration Monday because of positive changes its means for the state.


Wreck on U.S. 45 in Saline County blamed on too fast for conditions

SALINE CO., Ill. - Another traffic crash occurred last night on U.S. 45 at Muddy Road, but fortunately, no one lost their life in this one. Illinois State Police are attributing the crash to driving too fast for conditions, however, considering that it occurred when the snow was flying last night (F


Harrisburg starts off hot at LEMWC

Harrisburg led by 16 points heading into the fourth quarter and held off a late rally by Fairfield to win by nine, 57-46 Saturday night on the first day of the Lady Eagle Mid-Winter Classic at Eldorado High School.


Southern Illinois sheriff condemns posting of dying woman's photo to social media

ZEIGLER, Ill. • Sheriff Dave Bartoni said Jared Kirkendoll almost did everything right after he found a woman near death on his property in Franklin County, Ill. He pulled the mother of five out of the cold, put blankets on her and tried doing chest compressions on her as they waited for an ambulanc


Clay City guy caught in Carmi ends up in Clay Sheriff’s report

CLAY CO., Ill. - If it weren't for a Clay City man caught in White County the other day, the most recent Clay County Sheriff's activity report would be kinda slim. As it is, John Flanagan, who was listed in this report from Monday out of Carmi/White County, is one of a handful of folks mentioned in


Marion taxpayers will have to foot the bill

The final bill has not yet been received, but make no mistake about it, the City of Marion will owe a pretty penny to the Carbondale law firm of Gilbert, Huffman, Prosser, Hewson and Barke.


Government shutdown impacts local jails

WSIL -- Local jails aren't receiving any money for housing federal inmates because of the government shutdown. Several jails, including the Perry County Jail and the Saline County Detention Center, have contracts with the U.S. Marshals Service to house federal prisoners.


Illinois parents to be sentenced in death of boy, 6, who weighed 17 pounds when he died

JERSEYVILLE, Ill. -- An Illinois father and stepmother will spend decades in prison in the starvation death of their 6-year-old son, who authorities say weighed just 17 pounds when he died.


Prosecutor to file charges for crimes against guards at Harrisburg youth center

HARRISBURG, Ill. -- In late December, Gov. Bruce Rauner commuted the sentences of six men, charged with battery against guards at the Illinois Youth Center (IYC) in Harrisburg.


Herrin workers paint over obscene graffiti on home

HERRIN, Ill. -- A public works crew in Herrin paints over obscene graffiti on a home in Herrin. Neighbors started complaining on social media last week about a home on 1200 block of North 14th Street.


Carterville's Luke Ford transfers to Illinois

Former University of Georgia and Carterville, Ill., tight end Luke Ford signed a Big Ten Tender of Financial Aid and plans to enroll at the University of Illinois this spring, head coach Lovie Smith announced. Ford will seek immediately eligibility and have three years remaining on the field.


Brian Burns is still set to be tried for murdering his wife later this month. A motion hearing could change that.

HARRISBURG — Brian Burns is on track to be tried for the 2016 death of his estranged wife, Carla Burns — at least for now. In what has been nearly three years of starts and stops, as well as new charges, Burns is still scheduled to be tried Jan. 23. However, a motion hearing set for 1 p.m. Tuesday c


Saline County Board appoints new clerk

SALINE COUNTY, Ill. -- The Saline County Board appointed a new county clerk Wednesday night to finish the term of Roger Craig. Craig died two weeks after he was elected in November and since then, the position has sat empty.


Bed Bug Infestations: Illinois City Ranks Third | PatchPM

Share-worthy stories from the Illinois Patch network to talk about tonight:. This Is The 3rd-Most Bed Bug Infested City In The Country. This Illinois city had more treatments for bed bugs than Los Angeles or New York, according to pest control company Orkin.


Restaurant Report Card: Fast food joints

WSIL -- It's the final month that restaurant scores will be presented with a number score. So we're checking out several fast food joints in the region. In West Frankfort the Franklin County inspector gave Sonic and Taco Bell each a 99. Long John Silver's received a 98. That's also the same score th


Frankfort High School principal arrested on DUI

WSIL -- A local high school principal is on administrative leave, following a DUI arrest Sunday January 13. Benton Police arrested Jory Dial, 31, of West Frankfort at the intersection of Buchanan and Washington Street.


Suspect wanted in armed robbery at Hathaway One Stop in Harrisburg, IL

SALINE COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - A man armed with a weapon was caught on video in what looks like an armed robbery in Harrisburg, Illinois area. Deputies with the Saline County Sheriff’s office responded to Hathaway One Stop on Highway 145 S. near Panekyville around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6.


Man with rifle robs Pankeyville gas station

SALINE COUNTY -- Saline County Sheriff James "Whipper" Johnson says his department is looking at "any and all leads" after an armed man robbed a Saline County gas station Sunday night.


Illinois: Food Stamp Benefits Early, Not Extra

The people who manage food stamps in Illinois are warning folks across the state not to spend too much this weekend. The Illinois Department of Human Services says the nearly two-million people who are on food stamps in the state should get their benefits for February by Sunday. But, DHS says that’s