09:33am CDT, 10/01/14

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Vandalia Boil Order

10/01/14 09:29 AM
The Vandalia Water Department has issued a boil order for 7th street from Orchard to Gochenour.  This boil order is not for any restaurants.

Storms, cooler temps on the way

10/01/14 05:49 AM
Some changes in the weather are on the way.  Today we will again see sunny skies with a high today of 84.  But, overnight tonight, we will have a chance of showers and thunderstorms that will stay with us throughout the day and night on Thursday--and the National Weather Service says we have at some severe storms on Thursday afternoon and night.  After the storms move thru the

Fayette County Hospital soon to begin major renovation project

10/01/14 05:45 AM
Some big improvements are on the way to Fayette County Hospital in the next year. Fayette County Hospital CEO Greg Starnes says one of the biggest improvements in a new renovation project will be moving the lab out of the basement.


And, Starnes says visitors to the hospital will notice the major changes to the entryway.


The project is set to get underway before the end

Lt. Gov holding cell phone drive for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

10/01/14 05:44 AM
Lt. Governor Sheila Simon is kicking off Domestic Violence Awareness Month with her fourth annual cell phone drive. Simon is partnering with Verizon to collect old cell phones as part of the “Hopeline” program. She says Verizon donates 10 dollars per phone, up to 10 thousand dollars, to benefit violence prevention efforts and domestic violence shelters in Illinois.



Quinn Holds Slight Lead In New Poll

10/01/14 05:43 AM
(Undated)  --  A new Rasmussen Reports survey shows Governor Pat Quinn has a slight lead over Republican challenger Bruce Rauner. The poll of 750 likely voters found 44 percent backed Quinn while 42 percent favored Rauner. Six percent like another candidate while eight percent are still undecided. The poll has a margin or error of four percent. It's the first survey by Rasmussen

Unions Backing Minimum Wage Hike Push

10/01/14 05:42 AM
(Washington, DC)  --  The November ballot question about raising Illinois' minimum wage is attracting major donations from union groups seeking to boost Democratic turnout.  A new political action committee formed by the Illinois AFL-CIO has been formed ostensibly to generate support for a "yes" vote on raising the minimum wage to ten-dollars-an-hour by voters

Court Rules In Favor Of Back Wages

10/01/14 05:41 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  An Illinois appellate court ruled that employees of five state agencies should get back pay.  The court ruled the employees should be paid in full even though the legislature didn't allocate the money for the wages. AFSCME Council 31 executive director Roberta Lynch says the decision is a win for employees. Earlier this summer, lawmakers did approve

City of Vandalia Boil Orders HAVE BEEN LIFTED

09/30/14 03:06 PM
The City of Vandalia Water Department’s boil orders for water customers in five specific areas have now BEEN LIFTED. Boil orders had been issued for customers on:
Reman Street from St. Louis Ave to the dead end
 Tower Street from Reman to Cherry
 Locust Street from Tower to South Street
 South Street from Locust to the West dead end
 Coles Street from St.

Vandalia Fire Department holding Open House Saturday

09/30/14 06:03 AM

The Vandalia Fire Department will be hosting an open house this Saturday from 10a.m. to 4p.m. as part of the Grand Levee and Harvest Festival activities going on in downtown Vandalia. Mark Miller with the Vandalia Fire Department says it will give everyone a chance to meet the firefighters and check out the brand new ladder truck the department recently acquired.

And, Miller says it

Happy Hollow Farms Fall Festival this weekend

09/30/14 06:02 AM

Fall weather will be back in the area this weekend just in time for the 4th Annual Fall Festival at Happy Hollow Family Farms in St. Elmo. The festival will run Saturday from 9a.m. to 7p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5p.m. Happy Hollow owner Lindsay Lash says her family is very excited to be holding the event for the fourth time.

And, Lash says they will have several special events as part

Farmers making progress with corn harvest

09/30/14 06:01 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  Illinois farmers took advantage of warm, dry conditions last week to move along the corn harvest according to state crop statistician Mark Schleusener

Meanwhile, 68 percent of soybeans are dropping leaves and seven percent of beans are in the bin.

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Senator Manar Defends Ed Reform Bill

09/30/14 06:00 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  State Senator Andy Manar says he's frustrated that Republicans are trying to kill an education reform plan. The Senate approved the bill in the spring. It would shift state funding to the schools that need it the most.

Republicans are concerned that the plan will make big cuts to some districts, and they've filed a resolution to kill the plan.

Rauner Maintains Lead In Governor's race

09/30/14 05:59 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  A recent poll shows the Republican challenger for the governor's office Bruce Rauner is maintaining a lead over the  incumbent.  The latest We Ask America survey has Rauner ahead of Governor Quinn by three percentage points. Meanwhile Libertarian hopeful Chad Grimm received six percent and nine percent of those surveyed remain undecided.  Quinn

Hearings On Anti-Violence Program Can Continue

09/30/14 05:58 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  A panel of lawmakers holding hearings on Governor Pat Quinn's anti-violence program have been given the go ahead to resume their hearings.  Back in July, United States Attorney James Lewis asked the panel to hold off on their hearings on the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. Republicans, including gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, have been critical

IHSA Will Not Attend Hearing On Organization

09/30/14 05:57 AM
(Bloomington, IL)  --  IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman told member schools Monday that the organization will not attend Friday's hearing on the organization. The Elementary and Secondary Education Committee is holding a hearing about the IHSA Friday in Chicago. Hickman says the IHSA will not be able to testify or call witnesses during the hearing.  He criticized State

More warm, dry weather to start the week--showers and storms on the way Wednesda

09/29/14 06:08 AM
After better than a week of dry weather, there is finally rain coming to the area in the next few days. We will be warm and dry for today, tomorrow and Wednesday—with highs in the lower to middle 80s each day and lows in the middle to upper 50s. But, showers and thunderstorms come into the forecast on Wednesday night and will stay thru Thursday night. After the storms move thru, cooler

Vandalia Supt of Schools defends SB 16

09/29/14 06:07 AM
Last week, a Democrat State Representative Chris Welch called a bill that would better equalize out state funding for downstate schools a disaster. But, Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well says the suburban Chicago schools simply don't get it. The bill is Senate Bill 16, and it got some support during this past year's legislative session but was not passed. Well says the bill

IDOC says prisoner escape was a very rare happening

09/29/14 06:06 AM
We talk again today with Tom Shaer from the Illinois Department of Corrections, as the IDOC continues to work on figuring out what happened with the escape of a prisoner last week from the Vandalia Correctional Center. Shaer says one of the more strange things about the escape was the inmate, Marcus Battice, was eligible for parole in January.


Battice was captured Wednesday morning

President Obama Stumping For Governor Quinn

09/29/14 06:06 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  President Obama is stumping for Governor Quinn this week.  He'll be in Chicago on Wednesday and Thursday and will attend an event on Quinn's behalf.  Michelle Obama is also trying to help Quinn beat Bruce Rauner this November.  She's slated to headline a rally for Quinn on October 7th. 

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UI Pays To Settle Sex-Assault Case

09/29/14 06:04 AM
(Champaign, IL)  --  The U of I agreed to dish out nearly 80-thousand dollars to settle a sexual assault case.  A female student went to the U.S. Department of Education on the university claiming officials had minimized her sexual assault and harassment complaints from 2011, even after she'd produced evidence to support the accusations.  Members of a fraternity allegedly

Good weather for this weekend

09/27/14 06:15 AM
The weather looks good throughout this final weekend of September.  We'll see sunny skies with a high in the lower 80s for today, with mostly clear skies and a low in the upper 50s for tonight.  And, the forecast is just about identical for Sunday.  And, the weather looks to remain just about the same into the start of the work week and at least until midweeek, when we may

Blagojevich, Burris Negotiations Could Surface In Lobbying Trial

09/27/14 06:08 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  Federal prosecutors expect to call former U.S. Senator Roland Burris to the witness stand next week in the trial of a Chicago man accused of illegally lobbying on behalf of Zimbabwe's dictatorial ruler.  Prosecutors, though, are asking that records of the federal investigation of Burris' appointment by then-governor Rod Blagojevich be kept secret.

Vandals win in 2nd OT

09/26/14 09:27 PM
Collin Nestleroad was able to reverse field and take a 2 point conversion in for the score in the 2nd OT, as the Vandals get a 50 to 48 win over Litchfield.  The Vandals blew a 30 to 8 first half lead but pick up the win in the 2nd OT.  The Vandals are now 3-2 on the season.

Vandals-Litchfield tied heading to OT

09/26/14 09:10 PM
Vandals 36, Litchfield 36 heading to OT

Vandals lead at halftime

09/26/14 07:41 PM
On Homecoming 2014 at Mark Greer Field, the Vandals lead Litchfield 30 to 20 at halftime.  Dillon Tate, Bobby Moore and Bobby Bradley have rushing TDs and Collin Nestleroad to Marcus Zimmerman for a 50 yard TD.

City of Vandalia Boil Orders Issued

09/26/14 02:30 PM
The City of Vandalia Water Department has issued boil orders for water customers in five specific areas. Boil orders are issued for customers on:

Reman Street from St. Louis Ave to the dead end
Tower Street from Reman to Cherry
Locust Street from Tower to South Street
South Street from Locust to the West dead end
Coles Street from St. Louis to the South dead end

Boil orders are on until

New releases at Starmax Cinemas in Vandalia!!

09/26/14 07:16 AM
See a movie this weekend!  New releases are out at Starmax Cinemas in Vandalia.  Check out the movies and showtimes at http://www.vandaliamovies.com/ find them on Facebook or get your showtimes by calling 618-699-4040.

Vandalia man found dead on Thursday morning

09/26/14 06:09 AM
A Vandalia man was found dead on Thursday morning. Fayette County Bruce Bowen says that Vandalia Police responded to a call of an unresponsive male at Central High apartments on Kennedy Boulevard in Vandalia. And, the Coroner's office was then notified just a few minutes after that. The man was identified as 79 year old Robert Anderson, a resident of the apartments. Roberts was pronounced

DOC still not fully clear on how Battice escaped from VCC

09/26/14 06:08 AM
After nearly two days of investigation, it is not clear how Marcus Battice was able to escape from the Vandalia Correctional Center. Tom Shaer with the Illinois Department of Corrections says they have learned a lot of things during their investigation, just not exactly how Battice managed to escape.


And, Shaer says they want to thank area law enforcement and the citizens of Fayette

State unemployment down in August

09/26/14 06:07 AM
The unemployment rate fell in all 12 of the state's metro areas for the fifth month in a row in August. The metro numbers measure the jobless rate compared to a year ago, and these declines signal a positive comeback in the economy says Illinois Department of Employment Security spokesperson Greg Rivara.


Additionally, Rivara says August was the third month in a row where every

Alton Protestors Demand Answers About Girl's Death

09/26/14 06:05 AM
(Alton, IL)  --  The unrest in Ferguson, Missouri is spilling over into Illinois.  People in Alton are demanding answers about the death of an African American woman who was shot and killed inside a police squad car two years ago.  She was riding with an officer near Dunn Road and Highway 367 when it happened.  Alton Police Chief Jason Simmons says the case was thoroughly

Shop Illinois Next Saturday

09/26/14 06:03 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  Illinois Main Street and the Illinois Department of Agriculture are encouraging people to "Shop Illinois" on Saturday, October 4th.  That means they'd commit to buying products that are made right in their own back yards.  They can get a list of local business that sell Illinois-made products online at BuyIllinoisChallenge.com.  State

Medical cannabis Applicants Expect Decision In Six Weeks

09/26/14 06:02 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  The applications are in and its expected to take weeks before those bidding for medical marijuana facilities get an answer.  Illinois officials will consider more than 150 applicants for cultivation centers, and 211 requests for dispensaries.  State leaders say a list with the number of applications received in each district should be available next

Illinois History Conference Comes To Springfield

09/26/14 06:01 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  A conference that would benefit history buffs is now underway in Springfield.  The 16th annual Illinois History Conference will provide information about the state's shipyards, prehistoric construction, African-American activists and immigrants.  Of course, what history event would be complete without President Abe Lincoln stories.  The conference

Prisoner escapee potentially looking at new charge and more prison time

09/25/14 06:06 AM
Vandalia Correctional Center inmate escapee Marcus Battice's 3.5 mile, 17.5 hour trip thru the Fayette County countryside could end up costing him some extra years in prison. Tom Shaer with the Illinois Department of Corrections says that thru the Fayette County State's Attorney, IDOC will pursue criminal charges against Battice for his escape. If the charge would be escape, that would be

Prison escapee allows Vandalia School District to put emergency plans in place

09/25/14 06:05 AM
Meanwhile, the prison escape on Tuesday afternoon initially led to some tense moments for the Vandalia School District. But, in the end, their emergency procedures worked as they are supposed to. The school district initially went on lockdown before getting precautions in place as students went home for the day. Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well says things ran pretty

More Than 350 Businesses Want Medical Marijuana Licenses

09/25/14 06:04 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  More than 350 businesses are hoping to grow or dispense medical marijuana in Illinois.  They turned their applications in to state officials earlier this week.  A panel will now sift through the applications and determine which businesses will be approved.  The state will hand out licenses for 22 cultivation centers and 60 dispensaries before the

Study: Legalized Pot In Illinois Can Mean Dollars

09/25/14 06:03 AM
(Undated)  --  Illinois stands to gain over 100-thousand dollars a year if pot is made legal statewide.  A new study by NerdWallet shows that the Land of Lincoln would generate more than 126-thousand dollars in tax revenue from the sale of marijuana.  This November, people in Alaska, Florida, Oregon, and Washington, D.C will vote on whether to legalize the sale of

Illinois Spends Big On Political Races

09/25/14 06:02 AM
(Undated)  --  People in Illinois can hardly watch TV without being slammed with political ads.  A new report reveals politicians and Political Action Committees have paid for nearly 35-thousand-ads since the campaign season heated up in early 2013.  Ben Wieder, with the Center for Public Integrity, says that's not even the half of it. 

In all, the ads come with a

IDOT Workers Can Stay On The Job

09/25/14 06:01 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  Governor Quinn has to hold off on firing 58 IDOT workers. They were supposed to be let go at the end of the month but a judge says they can stay on the payroll until they've had their day in court.  The union that represents the workers filed suit against Quinn claiming he has no legitimate reason to lay them off. They say Quinn is only letting them go so

Cain Stumping For Oberweis

09/25/14 06:00 AM
(Hoffman Estates, IL)  --  Herman Cain is stumping for Jim Oberweis.  The 2012 GOP presidential hopeful will make a stop in Hoffman Estates on October 3rd to raise cash for Oberweis, who's looking to unseat U.S. Senator Dick Durbin.  The reception is being held at the Stonegate Banquet and Conference Center.  Tickets range from 50-bucks-to-26-hundred-bucks.

IDOC will pursue criminal charges against Battice

09/24/14 11:20 AM
Illinois Department of Corrections spokesperson Tom Shaer says that thru the Fayette County State's Attorney, IDOC will pursue criminal charges against Marcus Battice for his escape.  Shaer says that a conviction could result in an additional prison sentence.  Battice was eligible for parole in January of 2015--meaning less than 4 months from now.  Shaer says that it is highly

More information on prisoner capture

09/24/14 10:32 AM
After better than 17 hours, an inmate that escaped from the Vandalia Correctional Center was captured this morning. Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray confirmed this morning, just moments after his arrest, that inmate Marcus Battice was back in custody. Battice was apprehended at about 7:30 this morning. He was found on foot, near Mile Marker 64 of Interstate 70---that's about one mile east of

Official information from Illinois Dept of Corrections on prison escapee capture

09/24/14 08:44 AM
Information from the Illinois Department of Corrections-------

Marcus Battice was apprehended at approximately 7:30 a.m. today. He was on foot, near Mile Marker 64 of I-70 approximately 3.5 miles from Vandalia (IL) Correctional Center (VCC), from which he escaped yesterday afternoon. He was taken into custody without incident.

 Battice was walking north on a gravel

Vandalia Police Chief confirms escapee has been captured

09/24/14 08:27 AM
Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray confirms that prisoner escapee Marcus Battice has been captured.  Chief Ray says that Battice was apprehended just off Interstate 70, east of Vandalia at 7:31 am at Oaks Crossing.

Reports say escapee has been captured

09/24/14 08:22 AM
Reports say the escapee from the Vandalia Correctional Center, Marcus Battice, has been captured.  No other details available at this time.

Escapee from Vandalia Correctional Center remains on the run

09/24/14 06:04 AM
An inmate from the Vandalia Correctional Center remains free at this time, after escaping from the prison on Tuesday afternoon. Tom Shaer from the Illinois Department of Corrections says the inmate, Marcus Battice, escaped from the Vandalia Correctional Center around 2 pm Tuesday afternoon. The escape occurred at the rear of the property, when the inmate was returning from commissary. The

Prescription Drug Take Back Day This Saturday

09/24/14 06:03 AM
(Alton, IL)  --  People who have unused prescription drugs sitting around their homes can get rid of them safely this weekend. Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.  Police departments across the state will accept unused prescription drugs between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  The idea is to cut back on prescription drug abuse.  Stats reveal about

Democrat Calls Education Reform Plan a "Disaster"

09/24/14 06:02 AM
(Westchester, IL)  --  A Democratic state rep is going on the record about how bad a popular education reform proposal is.  Representative Chris Welch says Senate Bill 16 is a disaster that would devastate schools in his west suburban Chicago district.  Democratic senator Andy Manar, from Decatur, is behind the reform measure which aims to divvy up state funds to schools based

Tom Shaer from I-DOC sharing some further info on escaped inmate from VCC

09/23/14 04:34 PM
    While this man was not incarcerated for a violent offense, the public exercise extreme caution with any escapee and, if sighted, contact law enforcement. Do not attempt to make contact with the escapee.



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