Kitchen Fire Reported in Dale Wednesday

DALE – The McLeansboro Fire Department was called out to a kitchen fire at a home located at 10268 Dale Road in Dale just after 4 Wednesday afternoon. According to Asst. Fire Chief Jim Morris, White County called with a 911 transfer from Felicia Brown saying her house was on fire and that everyone was

Gas Explosion Damages McLeansboro Home Tuesday

MCLEANSBORO – The McLeansboro Fire Department says an explosion happened under a house in the 7700 block of Illinois 14 in McLeansboro Tuesday morning. Assistant Fire Chief Jim Morris says an HVAC crew was putting a furnace in and when they lit a torch inside the home, the gas line under the house must have

Bonnie Overpass Closing for Construction

BONNIE – The Bonnie overpass on West Campground Road in Jefferson County will be closed starting June 1 for construction. The closure will last through Aug. 17. You will need to take alternate routes.

Marion Increases Number of Liquor Licenses Available in City

MARION – The Marion City Council Monday night voted to increase the number of liquor licenses in the city. The council amended the alcoholic beverages ordinance to increase the number of Class II licenses from 15 to 25. The change also allows businesses with video gaming to serve beer and wine by individual drink only

Benton Terminates Residential Recycling Program

BENTON – Effective today, Benton no longer has a recycling program for residential customers. The City Council Monday night voted to terminate the program due to misuse according to City Clerk Brook Craig. Craig says some people were using the recycling bins on Grand Street for regular trash instead of recyclable materials. They were also

State Sen. Dale Fowler’s Week in Review for May 7-11

HARRISBURG – State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) returned to the Capitol to take part in another week of session, pushing legislation recognizing the importance of helping our veterans, taking part in a memorial ceremony honoring Illinois’ firefighters and reminding FOID card holders to check the expiration date of their card. Sen. Fowler is sponsoring legislation

Illinois Governor Seeks to Reinstate Death Penalty

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Eight years after Illinois abolished the death penalty, the state’s Republican governor on Monday proposed reinstating the punishment for mass killers and people who gun down police officers. Gov. Bruce Rauner tied the death penalty plan to gun restrictions favored by Democrats who control the Legislature — inserting it into legislation