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FAYCO Book Fair and Vandalia Moose annual Pancake breakfast Saturday

10/24/14 09:26 AM
FAYCO will be having a book fair at the Vandalia Moose Lodge on Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm.  All books are $1 each.  This is a major fundraiser for FAYCO that will benefit FAYCO's clients and their recycling program.  The Moose Lodge will also be having their Pancake Breakfast Saturday morning, as well.

Several events around the area

10/24/14 06:01 AM
It will be another busy weekend around the area. This evening the Vandalia Band Boosters are holding their annual chili supper. The meal is from 4:30 pm to 7 pm at the Vandalia Junior high School. It is $6 per meal, there will be a la carte items and carryouts are available.


Nightmare on 8th street—a haunted house at old Washington School on south 8th street—will be

Sen McCarter supports Judge Karmeier

10/24/14 06:00 AM
A group of lawyers are pouring what has added up to 2 million dollars into a campaign to try and stop the retention of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier. And, the area's State Senator wants everyone to know that is not a good thing. Senator Kyle McCarter says Justice Karmeier is a good judge and someone we need to keep on the bench.


And, Senator McCarter says this

Rauner Tosses Another Three Million Into Campaign

10/24/14 05:59 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  Bruce Rauner is shoring up his campaign account in the final days before the election.  He gave himself another three-million bucks this week.  Altogether, he's tossed in more than 23-million dollars into his bid for the state's top job.  He's in a head-to-head battle with Governor Quinn.  Recent polls put Rauner ahead by just

Gloria Steinem Stumping For Quinn

10/24/14 05:58 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  Governor Quinn's team is trying to win over women voters.  They've brought in Gloria Steinem, a popular feminist who's widely known for heading up the women's liberation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s.  She'll headline an event at the Godrey Hotel on Huron Street in Chicago this afternoon at 2:30.  Quinn, Steinem, and other

Republicans Sue Over Elections Procedures

10/24/14 05:57 AM
(Rock Island, IL)  --  Republicans are suing Rock Island County over elections procedures.  GOP County Chair Bill Bloom says elections officials are violating state law because they're already opening absentee ballots and running them through the tabulator.  He says that could have a negative impact on Republican candidate for governor, Bruce Rauner.  Bloom wants a

Gov Quinn Announces Ebola Task Force

10/24/14 05:56 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  The state has set up a new Ebola task force.  Public Health Director LaMar Hasbrouck says the task force will work to ensure everyone in Illinois receives timely and accurate information regarding any potential threat.

So far there haven't been any confirmed cases in Illinois, although at least a handful of people are under medical watch or voluntary

Illinois Man Sentenced For Hacking Federal Computers

10/24/14 05:55 AM
(Salem, IL)  --  A Salem, Illinois man will spend the next two years behind bars for hacking into federal computer systems.  Daniel Krueger led a group called "Team Digi7al."  The group managed to get into 50 computer systems, including the U.S. Navy, the Department of Homeland Security, and the email accounts of the Peruvian ambassador to Bolivia.  Officials

Fayette County Board looking at ways to fix budget shortfalls

10/23/14 05:59 AM

The Fayette County Board held a special meeting on Tuesday evening in which the majority of the time was spent discussing the current fiscal year’s budget. It was put before the board that three of the departments, the Sheriff’s Office, the Coroner’s Office and the State’s Attorney’s office are all over budget. It was found that the $6,000 shortfall in the

City of Vandalia Public Works Director retiring

10/23/14 05:58 AM
The City of Vandalia is in the market for a new Public Works Director. John Moyer submitted his retirement letter to the Vandalia City Council on Monday night, and it was approved by the City Council. Moyer will retire as Public Works Director on January 2nd. Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman, who served on the City Council with Moyer before becoming Mayor and before Moyer took over the Public Works

Court Agrees On Hiring Monitor For IDOT

10/23/14 05:57 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  A federal judge has agreed to the request of an anti-patronage watchdog and is appointing a monitor to oversee hiring at the state department of transportation.  Attorney Michael Shakman called for the monitor after an inspector general's report and a watchdog group's investigation found evidence of politically-based hiring at IDOT.  Governor Quinn

Trial Lawyers Fund Effort To Oust Karmeier

10/23/14 05:56 AM
(Edwardsville, IL)  --  Trial lawyers are pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into a campaign to block the retention of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier.  Attorneys, including some who stand to gain large fees from class-action lawsuits against big-name clients, have contributed to a fund called "Campaign for 2016," which has begun a television ad

Reporter Quits After Complaints From Rauner

10/23/14 05:55 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  A longtime political reporter at the "Chicago Sun-Times" is walking away from the job after Bruce Rauner complained about one of his stories.  Dave McKinney was suspended for five days after reporting that Rauner once threatened to ruin a female executive with ties to his firm.  Editors at the paper supported McKinney and ran his story, even

Gov Quinn Announces Ebola Task Force

10/23/14 05:54 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  There's a new task force in Illinois designed to help ensure the public health system across the state is prepared for the Ebola virus.  The task force is made up of mostly health care professionals who can lead a coordinated effort to ensure everyone in Illinois receives timely and accurate information regarding any potential threat. So far there haven't

FNB holding Shred Fest today

10/22/14 07:19 AM
First National Bank in Vandalia will be hosting Shred-Fest 2014 on October 22nd from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Financial Center located on Banker Blvd. Anyone can bring confidential information such as old utility bills, bank statements, tax records, anything confidential that you don’t need anymore to be shredded for free. A contracted shredding company certified by the National

Fayette County Board Discusses Current Fiscal Year Budget at Special Meeting

10/22/14 05:55 AM

The Fayette County Board used a special meeting Tuesday night to look at the current fiscal year budget and some shortfalls that will take place by the end of the year. As discussion was beginning about the budget, Board Chairman Steve Knebel said the good news is that they will present a balanced budget for the next fiscal year that will show them in the black by about $6,000.

Emotions run fairly high, opinions strong in gaming discussion at Monday's Vanda

10/22/14 05:54 AM
Emotions ran fairly high and opinions were very strong during the Vandalia City Council's discussion on liquor licenses and gaming at their meeting Monday night. The issue was whether or not reconsider the two Class A Liquor Licenses the City Council voted against at their October 6th meeting—with those two licenses to be used to open to gaming-only facilities. Ward One Alderman Neil

New Growth Models Focus More on Individual Student Performances on State Tests

10/22/14 05:52 AM

We talk again today with St. Elmo Superintendent Deb Philpot about her district’s performance on last year’s state required ISAT and PSAE tests. While the state testing scores for several years have largely focused both on schools and districts as a whole meeting standard requirements, Philpot says new growth models being used are focusing more now on individual student

Biden In Chicago For Quinn

10/22/14 05:51 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  Vice President Joe Biden is in Chicago stumping for Governor Quinn today.  He's the last of the scheduled heavy hitters to come in and rally the base, hoping to get Democrats to the polls for Quinn.  The governor is in a dead heat with Republican Bruce Rauner.  The election is November 4th.

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Libertarian Candidate For Governor Gets Boost From Union

10/22/14 05:51 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  The third party candidate for Illinois governor says he welcomes the financial backing from a labor union that is casting their support behind him.  Libertarian Party hopeful Chad Grimm has already received a 30-thousand-dollar donation from the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150.  He expects to get more cash from the union for his

Group trying to get Justice Karmeier off the bench

10/22/14 05:50 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  A group known as "Campaign for 2016" is trying to get Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier off the bench.  They've been running ads against him in southern Illinois.  Lawyers connected to a Phillip Morris case before the Court have given half-a-million-dollars to the effort. They say people should know about the judge's poor

Buggy Crash Kills Horse And Injures Person

10/22/14 05:48 AM
(Arthur, IL)  --  A crash involving two vehicles and a horse-drawn buggy in Arthur has left the animal dead and one person hurt.  Douglas County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Peter Buckley says the accident happened last Friday on Illinois 133, between Arthur and Chesterville.  He added that somehow a truck lost control, hitting a Jeep and one of the two vehicles struck the

Vandalia City Council changes mind, allows two liquor licenses for gaming facili

10/21/14 06:07 AM
The Vandalia City Council changed their mind and will allow two new gaming facilities. At their meeting on October 6th, the Vandalia City council voted 6 to 2 against allowing the two Class A Liquor Licenses that would be used for new gaming facilities in town. But, at their meeting last night, Ward four Alderman B. John Clark brought up a motion to reconsider his “no” vote on the

St Elmo School District Making Gains on State Testing

10/21/14 06:06 AM

As the first quarter of the school year is wrapping up, school districts are receiving and beginning to dissect state testing scores from last year. After looking at her district’s scores, St. Elmo Superintendent Deb Philpot says there were positive gains in scores for the district.

Looking ahead to this year though, Philpot says there will be big changes coming as the PARCC tests

Three Boy Scouts And Adult Hurt In Explosion

10/21/14 06:05 AM
(Raymond, IL)  --  Four people, including three children, are suffering injuries after an explosion Monday night in Raymond.  The incident happened at the Living Center.  Fire officials say the kids were Boy Scouts, who were trying to make a blue flame in an experiment using borax and Heet gas line antifreeze.  The mix resulted in a blast that left the boys and one of

Statewide crop report

10/21/14 06:04 AM
Not much harvest progress was made in the wet farm fields of Illinois this past week. Three weeks of wet conditions have put average statewide topsoil moisture at one percent very short, 4 percent short, 67 percent adequate and 28 percent surplus. And, just about two days were suitable for fieldwork says State Crop Statistician Mark Schluesener.


Just 37 percent of soybeans have been

Man Sentenced in Effingham County court to Six Years In Prison For Break-In

10/21/14 06:03 AM
(Effingham, IL)  --  An East St. Louis man will spend six years behind bars after he broke into a home in Effingham in March of 2013.  Prosecutors say 28-year-old Aaron Broadnax pleaded guilty to a charge of residential burglary.  He was also ordered to repay the homeowner more than one-thousand dollars in restitution.




Quinn, Rauner Spar Over Taxes, Business Climate

10/21/14 06:02 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  Governor Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner didn't present any new ideas in their final debate before the election.  In fact, it was pretty much a boxing match between the two last night.  Quinn repeatedly blasted Rauner on his failed business tactics and his plan to let the income tax rate rollback, which he says will make "savage

Vandalia Police Department warns against scams

10/20/14 06:26 AM
The Vandalia Police Department is warning folks to watch out for scams. Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray says recently attempts have been made by individuals to extract personal banking information by phone from Vandalia area residents. Chief Ray says these calls originate from a telephone scam artist who are involved in “phishing” for personal information. If you should receive a phone

VPD looking to update keyholders list

10/20/14 06:25 AM
The Vandalia Police Department is looking to get some updated information on business keyholders. Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray says they are finding that their database for key holder information is outdated. Many of the businesses in the community do not have key holder information on file with the Police Department and those that do, many are outdated. In the event of a fire, burglary, damage

Dry weather throughout the week

10/20/14 06:24 AM
More dry conditions are expected throughout this week. Today we are looking at mostly sunny skies and a high in the upper 60s, with a low tonight in the mid 40s. We will see sunshine and temperatures in the low 60s or upper 50s throughout this week, with lows at night dropping down to around 40. As of this time, there is no chance of rain in the forecast all the way thru this upcoming weekend.

Early Voting Begins Today

10/20/14 06:23 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  Early voting gets underway today.  Registered voters who want to skip the lines on Election Day can head to their County Clerk's office to cast their ballot.  Grace period registration is also underway.  Anyone who missed the registration deadline can go to their County Clerk's office and sign up.  They'll be required to vote at the

President Obama Home To Vote

10/20/14 06:23 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  President Obama is casting his vote for Governor Quinn.  He spoke to a crowd of 62-hundred in Chicago last night and said voting was the first thing on his list of things to do today.  The President tried to convince the crowd to give Quinn four more years.  He says Quinn has taken on challenges and made tough calls during his time in office.

Rauner Gets Three Endorsements Over The Weekend

10/20/14 06:22 AM
(Undated)  --  Newspaper endorsements seem to be pouring in for the Republican candidate for Illinois governor.  Bruce Rauner has gained the support of the "Chicago Sun-Times," "Champaign News-Gazette" and "Peoria Journal Star."  All of the endorsements came over the weekend and are all calling for a change in office.  The three publications

Rauner Accused Of Trying To Intimidate Reporter

10/20/14 06:21 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  A former prosecutor is investigating claims that Republican Bruce Rauner tried to interfere with a "Chicago Sun-Times" reporter's job.  Dave McKinney broke the story about Rauner allegedly threatening a former female executive at a business tied to his firm.  McKinney was taken off his political beat for five days after the story ran.  The

Weather for weekend looking good

10/18/14 06:29 AM
It should be a cool and mostly dry weekend around the area.  We are looking at sunny skies for Saturday with a high of 59, with mostly clear skies Saturday night with a low of 38.  Sunday will see sunny skies with a high of 61.  There is a slight chance of a shower over night on Sunday into Monday morning.  But, after that chance clears, we'll see mostly sunny skies

State Unemployment Rate Falls Again

10/18/14 06:27 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  Illinois' unemployment rate is down to six-point-six percent.  Employment Security Spokesman Greg Rivara says the state has seen improvement on the jobs front for seven months in a row now.

Rivara says the biggest job gains were in the trade, transportation, utilities, and professional and business services industries. 


Illinois Designated An Ebola Lab Testing State

10/18/14 06:26 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  The state's Public Health Director says starting next week, they'll be able to test for any potential cases of Ebola, right here in Illinois. 

Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck says there haven't been any suspected cases in Illinois but, health officials have been trained on how to handle the cases.  Hasbrouck says local health departments have quarantine

Pros And Cons To Body Cameras

10/18/14 06:25 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  Law enforcement officials say there are pros and cons to using body cameras in the field.  They say they've been pushing to use the cameras for a number of years because officers and potential suspects behave better when they know the cameras are rolling.  Plus, studies show that complaints against police officers go down between 70 and 90-percent when

Weather looking pretty good for the weekend

10/17/14 06:06 AM
the weather should allow farmers to get back in the fields with harvest. We will see sunny skies today with a high in the upper 60s and dry conditions tonight with a low of 45. We will see sunny skies and a high in the upper 50s on Sunday. There is a slight chance of rain for Sunday night and Monday, but otherwise we'll see dry conditions to start next week with highs in the 60s.

Harvest delayed by wet conditions

10/17/14 06:05 AM
All the rainy weather of the past week is continuing to delay harvest progress around the state. The cool, wet condition left farmers with only about four days suitable for fieldwork says State Crop Statistician Mark Schluesener.


29 percent of soybeans have been harvest, compared to 52 percent for the five year average. And, 79 percent of the crop is rated in good to excellent

President Obama Headlining Rally For Quinn

10/17/14 06:04 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  President Obama is heading back to Illinois this weekend.  He'll headline an early voting rally for Governor Quinn at Chicago State University this Sunday.  It'll be at the Jones Convocation Center.  The event is open to the public on a first come, first serve basis.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

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Former President Clinton Coming To Chicago

10/17/14 06:03 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  Former President Bill Clinton is coming to Chicago next week.  "The Chicago Sun-Times" reports Clinton will be in town Tuesday to campaign for Governor Pat Quinn.  His scheduled appearance comes one day after early voting starts in Illinois. 

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Gas Prices Down

10/17/14 06:03 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  Gas prices are down and it may be that way for a few months.  The demand for gas goes down during the winter months so that usually means lower prices.  But there's also a price war on crude oil between several countries in the Middle East.  That's a very big part of why gas has dropped below the three-dollar-mark in many cities in central

Ebola Hotline Number Unveiled

10/17/14 06:02 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  There's a new hotline for people who have questions about Ebola.  State officials say someone will be on hand 24-hours-a-day to answer questions like how to avoid getting Ebola.  Operators will also be able to tell you how the virus is spread and provide details on who's at risk of getting infected.  The hotline number is

Landowners Sue Over Fracking Delay

10/17/14 06:01 AM
(Wayne County, IL)   --  Landowners in Wayne County say the state is standing in the way of them making money off of fracking.  They're looking to get a class action lawsuit against Governor Quinn and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  The landowners leased chunks of their land to oil and gas developers hoping to cash in on the fracking industry's

Fayette County Board to Again Take Hard Look at Budget

10/16/14 05:55 AM

As has been the situation the last several years, the Fayette County Board will again be taking a hard look at the coming fiscal year budget. At the end of Tuesday night’s monthly board meeting, Board Chairman Steve Knebel took time to address the board and laid out what would have to be looked at in the coming weeks. Knebel started by saying if the budget was being put out as is right

Two Fayette County Residents Facing Cannabis Manufacturing Charges

10/16/14 05:54 AM

Two Fayette County residents are facing charges for production of cannabis. 36-year Melissa C. Stevens of St. Elmo and 40-year old Justin L. Virden were each arrested on a charge of allegedly knowingly manufacturing more than 500 grams but not more than 2000 grams of cannabis which is a Class 2 Felony. Both made their first appearance in Fayette County Court yesterday as probable cause to

AG Pushes For Victims Rights Passage

10/16/14 05:53 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  Attorney General Lisa Madigan is urging people to vote "Yes" on the Victim's Bill of Rights Amendment that's on the November ballot.  She say crime victims already have ten rights under Illinois law, but they're looking to strengthen their protections. 

Illinois adopted a Crime Victims Bill of Rights into its Constitution more

Quinn, Rauner Spend 35-Million In Last Three Months

10/16/14 05:52 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  Governor Quinn and Bruce Rauner are spending big bucks in their efforts to win in November.  The latest campaign finance reports show that Quinn put out more than 15-million-dollars between July and September trying to defend his job.  Rauner put out more than 20-million.  The two will keep doling out the cash over the next three weeks, hoping to