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It happened here: In 1928, Charlie Birger was the last man publicly hanged in Illinois

On the day Birger was hanged, the Carbondale Free Press proclaimed: "Nerve Unshaken, Dies As He Lived; Smiles and Does Not 'Squeal.'" Birger was responsible for a lot of violence, but the crime that ultimately led to his death sentence was his involvement in the murder of then-West City Mayor Joe Ad


Authorities: Deadly Illinois trailer fire intentionally set

GOODFIELD, Ill. – Authorities say a mobile home fire that killed three children and two adults in central Illinois was intentionally set. Woodford County Coroner Tim Ruestman said Thursday that the deaths will be ruled homicides and a juvenile is being questioned.


One Cent Tax Passes in Fayette County; Brownstown Ends Liquor Sales Prohibition

Voters across Fayette county turned out for consolidated elections on Tuesday, April 2, electing a number of incumbent officials alongside some key newcomers. With nearly 60 percent of all Fayette county voters agreeing with the measure, the County Schools Occupation Tax (or County Schools Facilitie


Man Who Pretended To Be Missing Illinois Boy Faces New Charges

An Ohio man accused of pretending to be a missing Illinois boy is facing new charges including identify theft. Federal prosecutors say a grand jury upped the charges against Brian Rini this week to two counts of making false statements and aggravated identity theft. The 23-year-old was initially cha


Police: Woman spiked Illinois state trooper’s drink

SCHUYLER COUNTY, Ill. (WEEK) — A Beardstown woman reportedly spiked an Illinois State Trooper’s sports drink with an unknown substance during a meth bust in Schuyler County on Tuesday.


Illinois continues downward population trend

SPRINGFIELD – Census numbers released Thursday show that for the first time in seven years, every major metropolitan area in the state saw population decline between July 2017 and July 2018.


Illinois man dies after vehicle crash

A Barry, Illinois man is dead after a single vehicle crash in Pike County Wednesday night. According to Illinois State Police, 35-year-old Lance Bowen crashed his Jeep Grand Cherokee along Highway 4 just north of El Dara just before 5 p.m.


Illinois Senate approves statewide rule for alcohol delivery in Illinois

Folks across Illinois could be close to being able to get a six-pack delivered to their door. Right now, a lot of grocery services will deliver some beer or wine with your order. But some communities in Illinois still have local laws against liquor delivery.


Illinois officer takes driver to his job interview after pulling him over

CAHOKIA, Ill. (KMOX) - A Cahokia Illinois Police officer made a life-changing experience happen on Wednesday after he decided not to write a ticket for someone driving without a license on expired plates.


Illinois day care workers charged with 'force-feeding' infants

Police on Wednesday charged three women seen in a video force-feeding infants at a day care center. Investigators said surveillance footage from Little People Learning Center in Downers Grove, Illinois, showed the employees giving infants solid food, holding their mouths shut and tilting their heads


Lockdown in effect at federal prison in Greenville, Ill., after K2 overdoses

ST. LOUIS • Officials at the federal prison in Greenville, Ill., confirmed Wednesday that the medium-security facility was on lockdown, but wouldn’t answer questions about why.


South Central School Board Approves Sales Tax Agreement

Voters in Fayette County approved a 1% sales tax on certain purchases in the April election. South Central school board members voted at this week's meeting to approve the sales tax agreement. The district will receive funds that can be used on new construction and renovation projects. That includes


86 Illinois counties see population loss in 2018

Fleeing residents continue to fuel population loss, with Cook County leading the nation for population decline. Illinois’ inability to keep its people is spreading to more of the state’s counties, according to data released April 18 by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Why is there an influx of Dollar Generals in the Illinois Valley?

A Tonica location will be complete within the month. Zoning hurdles were cleared to add a second location in La Salle. And a new Spring Valley location could break ground by June.


Atamont OKs ordinances related to Jack Flash

ALTAMONT — The Altamont City Council recently approved two separate ordinances that would affect the Jack Flash Phillips 66 gas station improvement project proposed by Wortman Holdings on property located at the intersection of Illinois Route 128 and the Interstate 70 westbound exit ramp.


Iowa, Illinois members of Congress react to Mueller report

As the long-awaited report conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller III was dropped on Washington, D.C., Thursday morning, Democrats and Republicans who represent the Quad-Cities largely assembled along party lines as they provided their initial takes on the nearly 500-page document.


Three Wednesday Crashes Result in Injuries, Traffic Delays

(As we were posting this item, another crash was being worked on I-70 near Altamont. Initial information is that the driver of the semi involved was not injured, but traffic tieups had resulted since the area is part of a construction zone)


AREA BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Shelbyville's Malcolm Miller more than just his numbers

SHELBYVILLE — Malcolm Miller is the all-time leading scorer in Shelbyville history. He scored in double figures in his last 59 games and in 103 of 112 games for his career, finishing with 2,397 points.


Hobnob Spring Market returns to Effingham

Hobnob Spring Market will be back at the Effingham County Fairgrounds in Altamont April 26 and 27. Created in 2012, Hobnob Market is many things…a village-fair style vintage and handmade market, a meeting place for family and friends to laugh and reconnect, a family day filled with delicious food an


Centralia man talked off roof of home south of Salem charged with criminal trespass

A 51-year-old Centralia man who allegedly jumped through a window of a mobile home Monday morning and later climbed onto the roof of a home just south of Salem has been charged in Marion County Court with misdemeanor criminal trespass to a building.