• News

    Final hearings set on U.S. 51 expansion

    by  • March 10, 2014 • News • 0 Comments

    Some area property owners received letters last week from the Illinois Department of Transportation indicating their property is within the right-of-way limits of one of the remaining route alternatives for the expansion of U.S. Highway 51 to a four-lane highway. A series of public hearings will be held to present the remaining route alternatives...

    Read more →

    Inmates attack four officers at Pinckneyville prison

    by  • March 9, 2014 • News • 0 Comments

    According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, four correctional officers at Pinckneyville Correctional Center were attacked Sunday morning by multiple inmates, with three of the officers being driven to an area hospital for treatment. IDOC spokesman Tom Shaer says the incident began at 10:10 a.m., when inmates were being walked back to their cells...

    Read more →

    Gas prices rising sharply in Illinois

    by  • March 6, 2014 • News • 0 Comments

    The price of gasoline has been rising sharply in Illinois. The statewide average is now $3.70, up 34 cents over the last month, according to the triple-a daily fuel gauge report. Triple-A spokesman Beth Mosher says the increase is because the switch to the summer fuel formula is under way, and because the weather...

    Read more →

    IDOT seeking additional funds after harsh winter

    by  • March 6, 2014 • News • 0 Comments

    The Illinois Department of Transportation is asking lawmakers for another $47 million to cover the costs of the especially harsh winter. Tony Small is the agency’s director of finance and administration. He told a House committee Wednesday that this winter has “impacted IDOT operations tremendously.” The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the extra costs include...

    Read more →

    Murphysboro alderman pleads not guilty to escape charge

    by  • March 6, 2014 • News • 0 Comments

    A southern Illinois alderman has pleaded not guilty to charges he tried to escape while jailed in connection with an alleged sexual abuse and kidnapping.  The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports 46-year-old Ronald Nolan of Murphysboro entered the plea Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court. Prosecutors allege Noland attacked guards in October during a failed...

    Read more →

    Nigerian man indicted for fraud in ESL area

    by  • March 6, 2014 • News • 0 Comments

    A Nigerian man is facing federal fraud charges after authorities say he posed as an Afghanistan-based U.S. soldier in order to dupe women into wiring him thousands of dollars. An East St. Louis federal grand jury indicted Adagun Moshood Olalekan on four wire-fraud counts. Investigators say he set up fake online profiles from September...

    Read more →