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City of Vandalia Fire Department has new Fire Truck


09/17/14 06:26 AM
The City of Vandalia and the Vandalia Fire Department are now the proud owners of a brand new aerial ladder truck. The City of Vandalia officially took possession of their new truck yesterday afternoon. Mayor Rick Gottman says they are very proud of this purchase, as it should be a great addition to the Fire Department.

 

The truck was purchased from KME and the overall cost came in at

City of Vandalia wants public input on "roadblocks" for fundraising


09/17/14 06:23 AM
The City of Vandalia briefly discussed the practice of different groups using road blocks as a means of fundraising. Mayor Rick Gottman says the issue has been brought to his attention recently by more than one individual.

 

The most popular place for the fundraising road blocks are at Sunset and Veterans. Mayor Gottman says one issue for the city is that they are permitted by the

Poll Shows Quinn Ahead For The First Time


09/17/14 06:22 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  A new poll shows Governor Quinn in the lead for the first time in his re-election bid.  The "Chicago Tribune" survey has the governor ahead of Republican challenger Bruce Rauner by eleven points.  Both sides downplayed the numbers while continuing to blast the opposition.  The newspaper polled 800 people over the phone for its survey.

New Subpoena Issued In Quinn Anti-Violence Program


09/17/14 06:21 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  The "Chicago Tribune" is reporting that a new subpoena has been issued concerning Governor Quinn's controversial anti-violence program formed in 2010.  It's coming from a federal grand jury in Chicago.  The request marks the first subpoena issued by Chicago based federal authorities in the probe into the 54-point-five million dollar

Experts say Kids Should Stay In Rear-Facing Car Seats Longer


09/17/14 06:21 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  Experts say it's a good idea to keep kids in rear-facing car seats until they're two-or-three-years-old.  Parents often turn their kids when they hit one-year-old, but IDOT's Les Nunes says that could risk the child's safety.  He says recent studies indicate two-or-three-year-olds are five-times less likely to die or be seriously injured

No School In Girard For Second Day


09/17/14 06:20 AM
(Girard, IL)  --  School is canceled for a second day in Girard.  Officials say they're still conducting air quality tests within their facilities.  They want to make sure there are no traces of carbon monoxide in the buildings before allowing the kids to come back.  The move comes just days after dozens of kids got sick from carbon monoxide poisoning at North Mac

Still No Classes In Highland


09/17/14 06:19 AM
(Highland, IL)  --  It's day five of a teacher strike in Highland.  Negotiations have stalled between both sides who say they can't find a middle ground on the issue of pay.  Teachers have been without a contract since the end of August.  Students have been out of class since last Thursday and all athletic and extra-curricular activities have been called

Another Setback For Fracking


09/17/14 06:18 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  There's been another setback for fracking in Illinois.  The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules met yesterday to look over the rules but did not give them a-thumbs up.  Instead, they sent the rules back to the Department of Natural Resources for changes.  The rules are supposed to govern the fracking industry, which will allow businesses to come

Blood Drive today


09/16/14 07:14 AM
The Vandalia Rotary Club is sponsoring a community blood drive today from 12 pm to 6 pm at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.

Vandalia City Council reduces TIF recommendation for roof project


09/16/14 06:21 AM
Two TIF agreements occupied a good amount of last night's Vandalia City Council meeting. The first TIF agreement was for 28 thousand dollars for roof replacement on the former bowling alley building across from Vandalia High School. At the TIF meeting last week, the committee recommended 28 thousand dollars in funds for the project for developer Dennis Grubaugh, in a project he estimated to

After talk of going up with the funding, City Council agrees to TIF recommendati


09/16/14 06:20 AM
There was also further debate on a second TIF agreement, with the possibility of upping the amount discussed with the second agreement. The second TIF agreement was for 315 thousand dollars over 9 years to the Vandalia Park District for the swimming pool renovations. Mayor Rick Gottman says this is a project he is fully behind helping.

 

The Park District had asked the TIF committee

More from Fayette County Democrat dinner


09/16/14 06:19 AM
We continue to talk today with two of the candidates on hand for the Fayette County Democrats chicken dinner and rally on Saturday night. Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon was on hand for the event as she continues her campaign for State Comptroller. Simon says, unlike all the other statewide candidates, her challenge is campaigning is northern Illinois.

 

Simon will face Republican

Union Backs Quinn


09/16/14 06:18 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  Illinois' largest union is backing Governor Quinn over Bruce Rauner.  AFSCME made the announcement over the weekend.  The union has had a tumultuous relationship with Quinn since he's been in office.  They went to bat with Quinn after he refused to honor pay raises for thousands of workers.  He claimed lawmakers did not put the cash in

Chicago A Finalist For Obama Library, Museum


09/16/14 06:18 AM
(Chicago)  --  President Obama's Library and Museum could be coming to Illinois.  Officials say UIC and the University of Chicago have made it into the final four.  They're up against New York's Columbia University and the University of Hawaii.  Each of the locations will go on to the next round of competitions.  The finalists must submit a more detailed

Girard Middle School Closed For Inspection


09/16/14 06:17 AM
(Girard, IL)  --  There's no class at North Mac Intermediate School in Girard today.  Crews will be inspecting the building to figure out what caused a carbon monoxide leak, which left dozens of students sick.  More than 60 were treated at area hospitals yesterday.  Most were reported to be in good condition. 

 

 

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Lincoln Vault Getting Facelift


09/16/14 06:16 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  The vault that held President Lincoln's casket before it was moved into its final resting place is getting a facelift. Officials are pumping 300-thousand-dollars into the old vault at Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery. That will cover the cost of repairs to the stone façade, gate restoration, drain installation, and waterproofing. President Lincoln

Lisa Madigan says Travel Club Scams Illinois Residents


09/16/14 06:15 AM
(Undated)  --  A travel club is accused of swindling Illinois residents out of tens-of-thousands-of-dollars.  Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed suit against the Global Discovery Vacation Program.  She says the Kansas based company and two of its Chicago area reps charged people eight-thousand-dollars up front plus 400-bucks a year to get discounted rates on lavish trips

Good crowd on hand for Democrat rally in Vandalia


09/15/14 06:16 AM
A good crowd was on hand as the Fayette County Democrats held a rally and chicken dinner at the Vandalia American Legion on Saturday evening. Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon, who is running for State Comptroller, was on hand for the event. She says her campaign is going well and she is making it all over the state.

 

Also on hand for the event was Josh Berger, who is the Democrat

More Legal Troubles For Quinn


09/15/14 06:15 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  There are more legal troubles for Governor Quinn.  Dozens of IDOT workers who are slated to lose their jobs have filed suit.  They say they're being canned so Quinn can save face during a heated election season.  All of the workers were staff assistants who may have been hired based on clout and not necessarily skill.  The workers are

September Off To A Cold Start


09/15/14 06:14 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  September is off to a cold start.  State Climatologist Jim Angel says some states are already getting hit with freezing weather but we won't see that for at least a few more weeks.

The average temps across the state came in around 67-degrees this past week.  That's about three-degrees below normal.  Some areas have already seen a good

Schools Getting Federal Money For Fruits, Veggies


09/15/14 06:13 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  More than 200 Illinois schools are getting cash from the feds to give kids more fresh fruits and veggies.  Mary Fergus, with the State Board of Education, says the schools will split about 500-million dollars.

Officials say this is a great way to incorporate healthy snacks into the students' diets, especially low-income students who might not have a

Program Helps More Than 16-Hundred Vets Get Homes


09/15/14 06:12 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  More than 16-hundred veterans and active duty servicemen in Illinois have gotten their own homes with the help of the "Welcome Home Heroes" program.  Governor Quinn says the state has a duty to step up and take care of those who have served the country.

The idea behind the "Welcome Home Heroes" program is to strengthen communities and make

TV Anchor Announces His Own Terminal Diagnosis


09/15/14 06:11 AM
(Champaign, IL)  --  A television news anchor in Champaign used the airwaves to announce that he has brain cancer and is only expected to live for four to six months.  Dave Benton told viewers of WCIA last night that doctors say the tumor is too large for surgery or radiation.  The Addison native and NIU graduate said he'll try a new treatment to slow the tumor's

Carterville School Official Headed To Prison


09/15/14 06:10 AM
(Carterville, IL)  --  A former school treasurer in Carterville is headed to prison.  Todd Frazier will spend one-year and one-day behind bars for stealing 114-thousand-dollars from the school district.  He managed to swindle the cash by manipulating the school's financial records.  Frazier will also have to dish out more than a-hundred-grand in restitution and serve

Lt Gov in Vandalia this evening


09/13/14 07:24 AM
The Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, and the Democratic candidate for State Comptroller, will be making a repeat visit to Vandalia on Saturday evening. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will be speaking this evening at the Fayette County Democrat Central Committee's Rally, Cake Walk and free chicken dinner—which will be held at the Vandalia American Legion on Saturday evening beginning at 6 pm.

Nice weather weekend in store for area


09/13/14 06:36 AM
Fall weather will be here for the weekend---even if it's still technically summer.  We will see sunny skies for both Saturday and Sunday, with the high on Saturday in the mid 60s and up to 70 on Sunday for a high.  No rain in the forecast throughout the weekend, with the next chance of rain coming up on Monday and Monday night.

September Off To A Cold Start


09/13/14 06:31 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  September is off to a cold start.  The average temp's across the state came in around 67 degrees this past week.  That's about three degrees below normal.  Some areas have already seen a good down-pouring of rain this month.  Parts of western and central Illinois got between three and eight inches of rain over the past

Schools Getting Federal Money For Fruits, Veggies


09/13/14 06:31 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  More than 200 Illinois schools are getting cash from the feds to give kids more fresh fruits and veggies.  They'll split 500-million-dollars to make sure the kids get the snacks during the day.  Officials say this is a great way to incorporate healthy snacks into the students' diets, especially low-income students who might not have a lot of

Program Helps More Than 16-Hundred Vets Get Homes


09/13/14 06:30 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  More than 16-hundred veterans and active duty servicemen in Illinois have gotten their own homes with the help of the "Welcome Home Heroes" program.  The three-year-old program helps military men and women with down payments of up to ten-thousand-dollars.  It also provides a 30-year fixed rate mortgage with an affordable interest rate and a

U Of I Board Reverses Hiring Of Controversial Professor


09/12/14 07:17 AM
(Urbana, IL) -- The University of Illinois won't be hiring trustees a professor whose Twitter messages about Israel raised issues of anti-Semitism. Steven Salaita has threatened a lawsuit if the board of trustees rescinded the offer he had already accepted to teach in the school's Native American Studies Program. His frequent, sometimes profane, Tweets about Israel this summer prompted

Fracking Opponents Scam Homeowners


09/12/14 07:16 AM
(Johnson County, IL) -- People who are opposed to fracking are trying to pull a fast one on landowners in southern Illinois. They sent out a fake letter to Johnson County residents who've signed oil and gas leases on their property, telling them that the leases have been terminated because of health and environmental factors. The letter claimed to be from Woolsey Energy Corporation and was

NJ Gov. Christie Says He'll Still Take Illinois Jobs


09/12/14 07:16 AM
(Springfield, IL) -- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says nothing will stop him from trying to steal jobs away from Illinois, not even putting his pal Bruce Rauner in office. Christie says that's the nature of competition when it comes to growing the economy. He says he has no doubt that Rauner would try to woo jobs from New Jersey if he's put into office. Christie and Rauner made the

NJ Gov. Christie Says He'll Still Take Illinois Jobs


09/12/14 07:16 AM
(Springfield, IL) -- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says nothing will stop him from trying to steal jobs away from Illinois, not even putting his pal Bruce Rauner in office. Christie says that's the nature of competition when it comes to growing the economy. He says he has no doubt that Rauner would try to woo jobs from New Jersey if he's put into office. Christie and Rauner made the

Rauner Calls For Quinn To Disassociate From Lavin


09/12/14 07:15 AM
(Springfield, IL) -- The Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner is calling on Governor Quinn to distance himself from a former aide. He's speaking of one-time chief of staff Jack Lavin, who has been linked to a patronage hiring ethics investigation. Lavin is also connected to a federal probe into a 2010 anti-violence grant program. Meanwhile, Rauner gained the endorsement of the

Lawmakers Pushing For Police Body Cameras


09/12/14 07:14 AM
(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois lawmakers want police in every town and city across the state to wear body cameras. State Rep Jehan Gordon-Booth says they've been working to make that possible for quite a while, but the need has been heightened since the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. Lawmakers want to create a special fund to help law enforcement agencies buy the cameras.

YMCA Holds Ribbon Cutting for Hartz Memorial Playground


09/12/14 07:13 AM
The Fayette County YMCA held a ribbon cutting for its Dee Dee Hartz Memorial Playground and Pine Ridge Homes Pavilion Thursday evening. Several kids and families have already been putting the playground and pavilion to use and YMCA Executive Director John Ashdown says they are appreciative of everyone that made the project happen and reminds that it is for the public.
And, Ashdown says

Industry Group Wants Changes In Fracking Rules


09/11/14 06:10 AM
Supporters of the oil and gas drilling practice called fracking say they want dozens of changes in the rules proposed by the state. The declaration by a coalition of industry groups seems to mean the end of a compromise with environmentalists that led to the set of rules proposed by the state. The Illinois Manufacturers Association says the industry groups have 65 areas of concern about the

Quinn, Rauner Get First Responder Backing


09/11/14 06:09 AM
Both major candidates for governor today are boasting endorsements from groups of first responders. Governor Pat Quinn is being endorsed by the Associated Firefighters of Illinois, a 15-thousand member group whose backing Quinn says he is "very humbled to have." Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, meanwhile, is being endorsed by the Illinois State Police Command Officers Association,

Inmates Busy Making Signs, Furniture, Other Products


09/11/14 06:09 AM
Illinois prisoners impact your everyday lives more than you may think. Every time you see a stop sign, a park bench, or even a barbeque grill at a state park, you can give thanks to someone who's behind bars. Jen Aholt, with Illinois Correctional Industries says the inmates also make office furniture, uniforms, mattresses, sheets, and more. They even process meats and other foods that are

NJ Governor Christie Says Rauner Has Plan To Grow Illinois Economy


09/11/14 06:07 AM
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in Springfield Wednesday stumping for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner. He says Rauner should put Governor Quinn out of office because he has a plan to get Illinois' economy growing again. Rauner has been getting slammed for flip-flopping on the minimum wage issue. He was caught on video saying he wanted to lower or eliminate the minimum

Vandalia Chamber Set for Two Ribbon Cuttings Today


09/11/14 06:05 AM
The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce will hold two ribbon cutting ceremonies today. The first ceremony will be at noon at Priority Staffing Group at 1442 North 8th Street, Suite B. Today's second ribbon cutting will be held at the YMCA's Dee Dee Hartz Memorial Playground and Pine Ridge Homes Pavilion at 6pm. The Y is located at 710 Rock Island Avenue.
 

Lt. Governor Simon To Make Stop in Vandalia Saturday Night


09/11/14 06:04 AM
The Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, and the Democratic candidate for State Comptroller, will be making a repeat visit to Vandalia on Saturday evening. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will be speaking this Saturday evening at the Fayette County Democrat Central Committee's Rally, Cake Walk and free chicken dinner—which will be held at the Vandalia American Legion on Saturday evening beginning

State Treasurer Candidate Cross Says State Leaders Facing Tough Questions


09/11/14 06:02 AM
We talk again today with Tom Cross, who is the Republican candidate for Illinois State Treasurer and recently spoke to the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce. Cross gave the Chamber members a non-partisan look at how the state got in the financial mess it now faces. And, he says the state's leaders are going to have to face some tough questions if they want to fix those issues. Cross will face

Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the area


09/10/14 05:42 PM
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County Board Approves Insurance Change


09/10/14 08:32 AM
The Fayette County Baord approved a change to the county’s dental and vision insurance at last night’s monthly board meeting. The board heard a brief presentation from Jamie Simmons of The Simmons Group. Simmons proposed switching the county’s dental insurance from MetLife to Guardian which the county currently uses for vision insurance. The switch would be a slight cost savings

TIF Committee recommends funds for pool project


09/09/14 06:05 AM
The City of Vandalia TIF Committee has recommended funding to the Vandalia Park District for the pool renovation project. In their meeting Monday afternoon, Brian Stout of the Vandalia Park District came before the TIF Committee to talk about the renovation plans for the pool, which will cost 1.275 million dollars. Stout says they have received 400 thousand dollars from the Old Capital Fund, they

AG proposes cameras in nursing homes


09/09/14 06:04 AM
Attorney General Lisa Madigan is proposing legislation to allow video cameras to be set up in nursing home rooms. Madigan says she came up with the idea after her office fielded several phone calls from nursing home residents and their families about the case they were receiving. She says recording what happens each day makes good sense.

 

The proposal, which will be sponsored in the

State Crop Report shows corn harvest underway in some parts of the state


09/09/14 06:03 AM
Corn harvesting has just started as we hear in the weekly crop report. With more than four days suitable for fieldwork, state crop statistician Mark Schleusener says farmers were able to kick off harvest season in some parts of the state.
 

37 percent of soybeans are turning color and seven percent are dropping leaves. 78 percent of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition.

State Accepting LIHEAP Applications


09/09/14 06:02 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  The state is accepting applications from people who might need help with their winter utility bills.  DCEO Spokesman Dave Roeder says the program specifically helps people who don't make a lot of money. 

Roeder says seniors and people with disabilities are given preference under the LIHEAP program.  They can start applying now.  People

Dozens Fall Sick With Rare Entovirus


09/09/14 06:01 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  Dozens of people are fighting a rare illness in Illinois.  Several hospitals have recently reported clusters of a severe respiratory illness, especially children.  The CDC has identified the illness as a rare form of Entovirus.  It's transmitted through close contact with an infected person and by touching objects after an infected person has