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Illinois Residents May Soon Pay a Tax When It Rains

If you think Illinois had a tax for everything, you're wrong! A new tax is being proposed that will cost you money every time it rains. It's being called the 'rain tax.'. A new tax on rainwater is being proposed in Springfield, according to Illinois State Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee). He is


Serious crash between vehicle, semi on I-64 in Jefferson Co., IL

JEFFERSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Illinois State Police officials are working several crashes Tuesday morning around 5:39 a.m. One crash is on Interstate 64 at mile post 71.5 in the westbound lanes west of Mt. Vernon.


Florida man sentenced to 20 years in prison after traveling to Illinois to have sex with a 13-year-old

ST. LOUIS – A man from Hollywood, Florida has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for traveling across state lines to have sex with a 13-year-old girl in Illinois. Emmanuel D. Abdon, 31, traveled from Florida to Troy, Illinois in January 2018 to have sex with a girl he met on Snapchat. He falsely t


Bill seeks to increase Illinois’ gas tax to fund road repair

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois lawmakers are considering a proposal that would raise the state’s gas tax by 19 cents a gallon to pay for transportation infrastructure repairs. The Chicago Tribune reports that Democratic Sen. Martin Sandoval of Chicago introduced the measure last week. It could raise an add


Illinois prosecutors drop charges against actor Jussie Smollett: report

(Reuters) - Illinois prosecutors on Tuesday dropped charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett relating to allegations he staged a hate crime attack to gain publicity, the Chicago Sun-Times reported, citing a statement from his lawyers.


Man killed in Logan Square was involved in test of Illinois concealed carry law in 2015

CHICAGO — A man found dead over the weekend inside a vehicle in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood was involved in an early test of Illinois’ concealed carry law. The Chicago Tribune reports autopsy performed Monday by the Cook County medical examiner’s office determined 25-year-old Everardo Custo


Illinois State Police To Pass Out Tickets Like Tic Tacs

If you drive on any Illinois road patrolled by the Illinois State police, consider yourself warned. State police have announced they will be passing out tickets "like Tic Tacs."


Man injured in accident on Herrin Road

CARTERVILLE, Ill. -- The Williamson County Sheriff's Office is investigating an accident on Herrin Road. It happened around 9 a.m. Tuesday on Herrin Road just west of Laminack Road.


'Lunch and Learn' with Jerry Kill

MARION, Ill. -- A familiar face will be part of the next 'Lunch and Learn' program through the Marion Chamber of Commerce. SIU Athletic Director Jerry Kill will be the guest speaker.


Crash impacts traffic on Rt 13 in Williamson Co.

WSIL -- Police and fire crews are responding to a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Rt 13 and Rt 148. Traffic is being diverted around the accident, and first responders advise caution as you pass the accident.


Police Beat for Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

A 20-year-old Centralia resident has been arrested by Centralia Police on an outstanding failure to appear warrant in a residential burglary case. Imani Kaufman of West Broadway later posted $500 bond and was released from the Marion County Jail.


Local lawmakers tackle controversial topics at forum

MT. VERNON, Ill. -- Southern Illinois lawmakers spoke on some hot-button issues with residents of Jefferson County Monday night. Senator Paul Schimpf, (R) Waterloo, and Representatives Dave Severin, (R) Benton, and Terri Bryant, (R) Murphysboro, talked about gun control, abortion and proposed tax in


Get to know the 2 men running for mayor of West Frankfort

WEST FRANKFORT — Eight years into his job as West Frankfort’s mayor, Tom Jordan wants to continue to lead the city, but Ed Blades thinks the city needs a new way of thinking.


Crews battle fire at crude oil tanks; lightning likely to blame

HAMILTON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Multiple crews battled a fire which engulfed at least two crude oil tanks in Hamilton County, Illinois. McLeansboro Fire Department firefighters were called out to a crude oil holding location about six miles West of Dale, Ill., around 9:51 p.m. Sunday, March 24.


Blues playoff situation: Six games to go and oh so close

Ryan O'Reilly said he's taking the day off from hockey and wouldn't watch Chicago play Arizona on Tuesday night. Coach Craig Berube said he probably would watch because, well, he watches a lot of hockey games.


Prep Baseball | Johnson pitches around struggles to lead Frankfort past Du Quoin

WEST FRANKFORT — When Brendan Johnson throws strikes, not too many teams around the area will hit him. Johnson didn’t always find the strike zone on Monday, issuing six walks and eventually leaving an out shy of a complete game shutout, but he found the zone often enough to put West Frankfort in the


Tired of basketball? Try an Abe Lincoln-themed bracket challenge

WSIL -- Fans of President Abraham Lincoln can help choose his most famous quote in a new college basketball-inspired bracket challenge. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum has launched a "War of Words," featuring 32 different quotes. Each quote competes for votes and the chance to move to the ne


Christopher Rural Health receives $3.5 million grant

WSIL -- A Franklin County community health center is getting more than $3 million in federal grant money. U.S Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announced Tuesday more than $59 million will go to community health centers across the state.


Centralia High Students Honored at annual Scholastic Rotary Honors Night

Centralia High School students took home 126 individual Scholastic Honor Plaques last night, along with 182 departmental awards as part of the annual Scholastic Rotary Honors night.


EHS Nabs Track Meets, St. A Boys Second At Robinson

Effingham High School claimed both the boys and the girls track meet wins Monday. In the girls meet, the Hearts won a quadrangular with 75 points followed by Olney 64, Cumberland 62 and Altamont 47.