• Prosecutors ask to seize Jesse Jackson Jr.’s homes

    by  • June 28, 2013

    (AP) — Federal prosecutors want the government to seize the homes of former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi. Prosecutors filed a motion in U.S. District Court Friday asking a judge to order Jackson to forfeit homes in Chicago and Washington, D.C. They also asked for the seizure of a retirement account...

    Read more →

    Quinn signs legislation to fund education for 2014

    by  • June 27, 2013

    (AP) — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed three bills to fund education in the state for the next fiscal year, and he used it as another opportunity to push pension reform. Quinn’s office announced the bill signing Thursday in a statement that noted “current funding for education is only at 89 percent of...

    Read more →

    Fire kills 3 in Jacksonville mobile home

    by  • June 27, 2013

    (AP) — Authorities say a fire at a mobile home in Jacksonville has killed three people. Two of the dead are children younger than 10. Morgan County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mike Carmody told the Jacksonville Courier-Journal that fire started sometime around 1 a.m. Thursday. Jacksonville is about 30 miles west of Springfield. The...

    Read more →

    Okawville celebrates 175th birthday this weekend

    by  • June 27, 2013

    An Illinois town is celebrating 175 years of existence. The town is Okawville, which was found in 1838 as Bridgeport. The name was changed to Okawville by German immigrants in the 1870s. There’s a celebration of 175 years taking place this weekend. “It’s nothing too historical, to be honest,” says Molly Ronsick of the...

    Read more →

    Bipartisan committee holds first pension hearing

    by  • June 27, 2013

    A conference committee begins hearings today on how to fix Illinois’ pension systems, which are underfunded by an estimated $100 billion. Gov. Pat Quinn told the committee he wants a solution on his desk within the next 12 days. But the chairman of the conference committee, state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago), says the deadline...

    Read more →

    Woman allegedly stabs boyfriend in face

    by  • June 27, 2013

    According to the Mount Vernon Police Department, a 38-year-old man was allegedly stabbed in the face Tuesday night, near the corner of Second Street and Opydyke Avenue. Jerry Gill reportedly told police that his 44-year-old girlfriend Rebecca Harper had stabbed him in the face with a pocket knife. Gill was taken to a local...

    Read more →