Southeastern Illinois College Receives $2.5M Donation

HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — Southeastern Illinois College has received a $2.5 million donation for a new art museum on its Harrisburg campus. SIC President Jonah Rice announced the contribution from Retired Air Force Colonel William Hise and the estate of his late twin brother Air Force Brigadier General James Hise on Thursday. The money will

Brookport Man Sentenced to Death Penalty in Girlfriend’s Ohio Slaying

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An Illinois man convicted of abducting his estranged girlfriend from Kentucky and killing her along an Ohio interstate has been sentenced to receive the death penalty. A judge in southwest Ohio’s Warren County sentenced Brookport, Illinois, resident Terry Froman on Thursday. The judge followed the recommendation of jurors who this month

Illinois Lawmakers Meeting Again to Try to Reach Budget Deal

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Legislature is holding another day of a special session with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders still at odds over an elusive budget deal. Lawmakers will meet Friday for the third straight day of a session that could continue through the end of the month. Rauner called the session

No July 4th Fireworks Display in Anna This Year

ANNA – The skies over Anna will be silent this Fourth of July. City leaders Tuesday canceled their annual fireworks display. Mayor Steve Hartline says the company they hired to put on the show failed to get a permit from the Illinois State Fire Marshal. Hartline says he hopes to have fireworks next year. There’s

The Latest: Estimate: Special session costs $48K for 1 day

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Rough estimates show that it costs nearly $48,000 for one day of legislative special session in Illinois, factoring in travel and per diem payments for lawmakers. The Secretary of the Senate’s office provided a snapshot, accounting for $111 daily per diem and 39 cents per mile for 177 members of the General

Illinois Legislators to Meet for 2nd Day of Budget Session

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois legislators are set to meet for the second day of a special session aimed at forcing a budget compromise in the state’s two-year impasse. Lawmakers have to come to an agreement by July 1 or Illinois will enter its third straight year without a budget. There’s been little movement on any

Illinois Lawmakers Hold Special Session Amid Budget Impasse

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers tasked with resolving the state’s unprecedented budget impasse are gathering to begin the effort. Gov. Bruce Rauner has called a special session in Springfield that starts Wednesday, saying the time to act hasn’t been more urgent. The House and Senate convene at noon. If there’s no budget by July

Runaway Youth Commit Auto Thefts in Jefferson County

MT. VERNON – The sheriff’s office in Jefferson County says two runaway youth from the Southern Thirty Adolescent Center allegedly stole several cars in the city and the county Wednesday evening.  Reports indicate that after leaving the facility shortly after 8 p.m., the youth were reportedly looking into homes and vehicles near the facility according

Severin Reacts to Rauner Calling Special Session on Budget Impasse

SPRINGFIELD – One day after House and Senate Republicans unveiled a compromise balanced budget plan to end the budget impasse, Governor Bruce Rauner Thursday called lawmakers back to Springfield for a 10-day special session from Wednesday, June 21 through the June 30 fiscal year deadline. Republican State Representative Dave Severin of Benton says when legislators