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Marion mayoral candidates discuss gun laws

MARION, Ill. -- Some of the candidates for Marion mayor met with voters to discuss public safety and gun control laws. The group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America hosted the event at the Marion Carnegie Library.


Snoop Dog is coming to the Illinois State Fair

SPRINGFIELD (WREX) — Rap icon Snoop Dogg is coming to the 2019 Illinois State Fair. Snoop Dogg and Friends will perform Friday, Aug. 16 on the Grandstand stage. Since 1993, Snoop Dogg has released 17 studio albums, sold more than 35 million albums worldwide, reached No. 1 on Billboard charts, and re


The gift of safety Anonymous donor gives ballistic shields to Marion Dist. 2 schools

MARION -- An anonymous donor is footing the bill for 367 ballistic shields, worth a total of $18,350, to Marion Unit 2 schools. "Let's hope these never have to be used," said Unit 2 Superintendent Dr. Keith Oates at Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting.


Illinois rescinded 10,000 gun licenses last year. More than 75 percent of holders ignored the notice.

Illinois State Police rescinded more than 10,000 gun licenses last year — and more than 75 percent of the revocation recipients ignored it, according to newly released data. The state agency provided the staggering figures late Thursday, as part of a trove of law-enforcement documents involving Gary


Analysis: Illinois Valley Central administrators rank 655th in state for average pay

Administrators in Illinois Valley Central Unit School District 321 earn an average of $87,714 per year, ranking 655th out of 864 districts in the state, according to a Peoria Standard analysis of the latest Illinois schools report card.


Marshall Tucker Band coming to Marion Civic Center

A legendary Southern rock band has been enlisted to help replenish the coffers of the Marion Ministerial Alliance. The Marshall Tucker Band will bring its “Through Hell & High Water ... And Back Tour” to the Marion Cultural & Civic Center for a benefit concert at 7 p.m. on July 26. Tickets go on sal


Olney gal travels all the way down to Marion to get into trouble

MARION, Ill. – This past week’s activity by the Marion Police Department saw a gal traveling all the way down from Olney to catch some trouble in Williamson County. Here’s the report; the Olney gal appears down the way a bit.


Herrin, IL man found guilty of unlawful use of weapon by felon

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - A Williamson County jury found a Herrin man guilty on February 21. Dimitri R. Johnson, 23, was found guilty of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, a class 2 felony, and unlawful possession of cannabis - more than 100 grams but less than 500 grams, a class 4 felony.


Illinois State Police Reveal How Aurora Gunman’s Mississippi Conviction Slipped Through The Cracks

CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois State Police have said they now know how the gunman in the deadly mass shooting at an Aurora factory was able to pass a background check for a Firearm Owner’s Identification card, despite a felony conviction in Mississippi.


New State Data Paints Shocking Picture of Illinois Firearm Laws

Responding to growing questions in the aftermath of last week’s mass shooting at a factory in Aurora, the Illinois State Police released data Thursday evening which paints a shocking picture of the system for firearm regulation in Illinois.


SERVING THE HUNGRY: Marion Ministerial Alliance continues to offer midday meals

MARION -- For several decades now, the Marion Ministerial Alliance has been serving up hot midday meals to anyone who needs one. J.R. Russell is executive director at the Alliance office located at East Calvert Street.


Illinois lawmaker speaks out against Governor Pritzker's state budget

An Illinois lawmaker is speaking out against Governor JB Pritzker’s state budget for 2020. State Representative Darren Bailey says Pritzker’s budget proposes more taxes, expanding gambling to include sports betting and promoting the use of marijuana.


CDC Reports Chronic Wasting Disease In Central Illinois

CDC Reports Chronic Wasting Disease In Central Illinois. (Washington, D.C.) — The CDC is confirming CWD in central Illinois. Federal regulators yesterday released a list of counties with confirmed cases of Chronic Wasting Disease. The list comes with a warning that people should not eat any meat fro


9 Illinois State Troopers hit when handling roadside incidents

ILLINOIS (WICS/WRSP) -- Scott’s Law, otherwise known as the ‘Move Over’ Law, mandates when approaching a vehicle on the side of the road with flashing lights, you must slow down and move over.


Gas Tax: How Much More Illinois Residents Pay To Fill Up

ILLINOIS — Crossing state lines could increase or decrease how much you pay for gas. A new report from 24/7 Wall Street looked at which states have the highest and lowest gas taxes and found that drivers in some states end up paying 50-75 percent more than others.


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.


Republican Candidate at Center of Fraud Inquiry Calls for New Congressional Election in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mark Harris, the Republican candidate for Congress in North Carolina whose campaign funded an illegal voter-turnout operation, on Thursday called for a new election.


House Executive Committee passes bill to make Illinois a sanctuary state

A bill that grants full sanctuary for illegal immigrants has passed the Illinois House Executive Committee. House Bill 1687 also creates the Keep Families Together Act, which would require the state attorney general to offer up new rules within 90 days of the bill’s enactment outlining the limitatio


Medical marijuana growers are lobbying for licenses that also would allow them to control supply of recreational pot in Illinois

Medical marijuana growers, once banned from making political contributions, are now spending money to influence the expected legalization of recreational cannabis in Illinois in an effort to keep that market to themselves — at least temporarily.


Giant Slide sold, will remain at Illinois State Fairgrounds

While it attracted interest from across the country, the Giant Slide at the Illinois State Fairgrounds will remain in Springfield under new ownership. Prairie State Bank and Trust confirmed Thursday that a Minnesota man has agreed to buy the iconic slide and continue to operate it on the state fairg