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Two people killed in semi crash on Interstate 57
WILLIAMSON Co., Ill -- Illinois State Police confirm two people died in a semi-trailer crash on Interstate 57 Friday evening. It happened at 5:15 p.m. in the northbound lanes at milepost 52, south of Marion.
Snow, Rain Return After Dry Start To Week: Illinois Weather
The chance for snow and rain will return mid-week, after several days of dry and sunny weather. First, it will be dry and sunny on Monday and Tuesday, with temps near 40 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Jefferson Elementary School reports 15% truancy rate
The truancy rate at Jefferson Elementary School rose to 15 percent during the 2017-18 school year, according to a East Central Reporter analysis of the latest Illinois schools report card.
Report of Missing Illinois Infant a Hoax, Police Say
An Amber Alert in western Illinois has been cancelled after police say a man fabricated the kidnapping to get revenge after a drug deal gone wrong. Late Saturday night, an Alert was issued after a man claimed a 13-month-old boy was kidnapped while sitting in a car at a Circle K gas station in Farmin
Editorial: Make Illinois pot law model for nation
After a majority of statewide candidates we spoke with before the Nov. 6 election told us they supported legalizing recreational marijuana, we shared a Detroit Free Press editorial here that urged Michigan voters to make recreational pot legal there. Our goal was to provide readers a taste of a deba
Details of Lovie Smith's two-year contract extension at Illinois emerge
Shortly after the conclusion of the 2018 season, Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman put any speculation of Lovie Smith’s job security to bed, extending the head football coach’s contract by two years.
Administrative changes to Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ill. -- Sheriff Jeff Bullard took office on December 1 and has brought two law enforcement leaders he trusts, with him. He filled positions for Chief Deputy and Jail Administrator.
Best Beginnings program for moms-to-be, mothers
WSIL -- Women in Jefferson and Marion counties are spreading the word about a program to help new moms. It's called Best Beginnings and it gives guidance to moms-to-be from before 28 weeks of pregnancy to after their child is two years old.
51-point buck bagged in Illinois may beat out Tennessee hunter's national title
Over 900,000 white-tailed deer and bucks bound through Tennessee's hunting grounds. The size of its deer herds is complemented by the fact that the state is also home to the record for the largest buck ever bagged nationally.
Dollar General Bowl Countdown: Northern Illinois defeats Arkansas State 38-20 in 13th game
In anticipation of the Dollar General Bowl between Buffalo and Troy at 6 p.m. CST Dec. 22 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, AL.com is counting down the bowl through the years:. Northern Illinois scored 31 straight points to take its ninth straight victory 38-20 over Arkansas State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on
Rapid Recap: Illinois 73, East Tennessee State 55
CHAMPAIGN -- A cancelled flight and a bus flat tire delayed East Tennessee State's arrival into the wee morning hours on Saturday, and the Illini cruised right past them in a 73-55 win after a dominant first half.
US says 7-year-old immigrant who died in custody had not appeared ill
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. immigration officials on Friday defended their actions in the detention of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died two days after she and her father were taken into custody along a remote stretch of the U.S. border.
Joan Skiver-Levy art on display through this month at Cedarhurst
Anyone trying to ascribe to the old adage warning others, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” has clearly never met someone like Joan Skiver-Levy. “We are never to old to learn something or experiment,” says the 84-year-old West Frankfort resident.
Bonnie B. (Pritchett) Hopkins – Benton, IL
Bonnie B.(Pritchett) Hopkins, 62, of Benton, Illinois, passed away at 2:11 a.m. on Sunday December 9, 2018 at Franklin Hospital. Bonnie’s final act ofkindness was to give the gift of life through organ donation.
Flake's Senate farewell speech cites threats to democracy
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, President Donald Trump's most vocal Republican adversary in the Senate, cautioned in his farewell address Thursday that the "threats to our democracy from within and without are real."
Federal judge in Texas rules Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A federal judge in Texas has ruled President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled Friday that last year's tax overhaul knocked the constitutional foundation from under the health care act dubbed by critics as "Obamacare
U.S. House passes $867 billion farm bill, which President Donald Trump is expected to sign
WASHINGTON - The U.S. House on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed the final version of the farm bill that dictates most of the country's agricultural and food programs for the next five years.
USAC racing returns to SI Center in Du Quoin
DU QUOIN, Ill. -- Racing returns to the Southern Illinois Center at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds this weekend. Saturday, Dec. 15 is the fourth annual Junior Knepper 55. Cars start arriving around 4 p.m.
Outlaw country singer Craig Gerdes making stop in De Soto this weekend
Craig Gerdes worked his entire life to get to Nashville and arrived 40 years too late. With a rich baritone voice and a carefree attitude, Gerdes clearly perceived his dreams were on the verge of coming true when he finally migrated to Music City in 2011. He was playing the famous clubs on Lower Bro
Illinois hunter bags 51-point buck, possibly one of the ‘largest bucks ever shot in America’
An Illinois hunter’s 51-point kill may be one of the “largest bucks ever shot in America,” the state Department of Natural Resources announced this week. Keith Szablewski, of Johnston City, shot and killed the deer in November during the first weekend of the shotgun season in the state, WSIL-3 repor