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Mild temperatures to finish off July

07/28/14 06:07 AM
The month of July will go out with some very cool temperatures. We will see highs in just the upper 70s to lower 80s throughout this week, with lows at night dipping into the lower to mid 50s. It will also be mostly dry this week, with the first shot at rain coming into the forecast on Thursday. And, we will start August on Friday with mild temperatures as well.

Men Charged in Attempted Robbery Appear in Fayette County Court

07/28/14 06:06 AM

Two men charged with attempted robbery, a Class 3 felony, made their first appearances with counsel in Fayette County Court last week. 47-year old Randy A. Montgomery of Coffeen and 22-year old Eric Montgomery of Taylor Springs made their first appearances with counsel on Wednesday. Preliminary hearings have been set for both with Randy Montgomery set for preliminary hearing this Wednesday at

Thirty Eight New State Troopers Take Oath

07/28/14 06:05 AM
(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois is welcoming thirty-eight new state troopers next week. ISP Director Hiram Grau had a few words of advice for them during a graduation ceremony Friday morning.

The new troopers went through 25-weeks of training, which includes lessons on how and when to fire their guns, and driving safely on the roads. It's the second cadet class to graduate this year.

Bost: EPA Needs To Relax Energy Regulations

07/28/14 06:04 AM
(Washington County, IL) -- Illinois is home to one of the cleanest coal plants in the U.S. but State Rep Mike Bost says it's sometimes tough to operate because of the ever-changing EPA rules.

Bost says the federal EPA keeps putting tougher emissions laws in place. He says the standards are so tight that Illinois can't even burn most of its own coal. It has to be put on a barge and

Emerald Ash Borer expands into more counties in Illinois

07/28/14 06:03 AM
The Emerald Ash Borer is spreading into more counties in Illinois. State Department of Agriculture spokesperson Jeff Squibb says the destructive beetle has been found in Peoria and Tazewell Counties, which is significant since those areas are outside of the current quarantine.


There are currently 49 counties under the quarantine, including Fayette and Effingham counties, which aims

State Considers Changes To Motorcycle Licensing Program

07/28/14 06:02 AM
(Springfield, IL) -- There could be a few changes coming to the motorcycle licensing program in Illinois. State officials are looking to add a third licensing category that would call for more specified training on bigger bikes. The riders also would be required to prove they can handle the bike when they go through their motorcycle safety class. The idea is to cut back on motorcycle deaths,

More Cameras In The Courtroom

07/28/14 06:01 AM
(Sangamon County, IL) -- Cameras could soon be allowed in six more courtrooms in central Illinois. Officials with the 7th Judicial Circuit say they'd like to get in on the pilot program that allows courts to record trial cases. They'll be submitting an application to the state's Supreme Court sometime this fall. If approved, cameras would go up in Sangamon, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin,

AG Madigan Contender Down By Less Than 10-Points

07/28/14 05:59 AM
(Undated) -- A new poll suggests Attorney General Lisa Madigan may be in for a close race this fall. Her opponent, Paul Shimpf conducted the poll earlier this month, asking 800-likely voters who they'd vote for if the election were today. Forty-six-percent of the respondents say they'd keep Madigan on the job, 37-percent said they'd go with Shimpf, and 17-percent were undecided. The

Gov Quinn Takes Low-Wage Challenge

07/28/14 05:58 AM
(Springfield, IL) -- Governor Quinn is taking a challenge that'll force him to live on the minimum wage for a while. He made the pledge yesterday after being called out by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. She just wrapped up a week of living on just eleven-bucks a day. It's part of a movement designed to get more people out to the polls this fall where they can weigh in on whether the

Hot weather today, chance of severe storms tonight

07/26/14 07:19 AM
The National Weather Service in St. Louis warning of the possibility of severe storms for the area this afternoon and tonight.



New Releases at Starmax Cinemas

07/25/14 06:44 AM
New releases are out at Starmax Cinemas in Vandalia! 

Check out showtimes at http://www.vandaliamovies.com/

Ladies Night out tonight at Something Special Florist

07/25/14 05:55 AM
Tonight will be a special event at Something Special Florist in downtown Vandalia. It will be Ladies Night out tonight from 5 pm to 8 pm. Several different vendors will be on hand for tonight's event, and there will also be door prizes. The Old Capital Wine Cellar, which is inside Something Special Florist, will be hosting a wine tasting event tonight. Again, that is Ladies Night Out tonight

Fayette YMCA Hosting Dee Dee Hartz Memorial Run

07/25/14 05:54 AM

The Fayette County YMCA will be hosting its 3rd Annual Dee Dee Hartz Memorial 10K and 5K Run/Walk on Saturday. Fayette County YMCA Executive Director John Ashdown talks about the scholarships provided as a result of the proceeds from the event.

This year, the memorial event will raise funds to go towards a project that will further honor Hartz.

Work on a pavilion that will

IHSA Responds To BGA FOIA Lawsuit

07/25/14 05:53 AM
(Springfield, IL) -- The IHSA is defending its right to keep its records on sponsorship deals, vendors, and pension spending under wraps. The Better Government Association has filed suit against the agency. They want a judge to force the IHSA to turn the records over, especially since lawmakers are trying to get more details about how the agency is conducting business. But the IHSA has released a

Federal Refunds To Thousands Of Illinoisans

07/25/14 05:52 AM
(Springfield, IL) -- More than 100-thousand Illinoisans are now in position to get a refund from the government. It's part of the Affordable Care Act. Insurance firms must spend at least eight-percent of the premiums they collect on medical care, or return the difference to customers and employers. The money won't be required to be a check in the mail. Employers can apply the rebate as a

State Fair Mega Pass Price Going Up

07/25/14 05:52 AM
(Springfield, IL) -- Time is winding down to purchase a State Fair Mega pass at a discounted price. The pass is going for 65-bucks right now but will go up to 75-dollars on Monday. It allows a person to ride all the carnival rides as many times as they want for the duration of the fair, which runs from August 7th through 17th. The pass does not cover admission or rides on the Giant Slide, Sky

Group Calls On State To Jumpstart Fracking

07/25/14 05:51 AM
(Springfield, IL) -- Business and labor leaders in Illinois are calling on state officials to jumpstart the fracking process. Mark Denzler, with the Illinois Manufacturer's Association, says oil companies are starting to pull out because the state has stalled for more than a year on getting the rules in place.

The state's Department of Natural Resources is still putting the final

Quinn Wants TV Stations To Can Rauner Ad

07/25/14 05:50 AM
(Chicago, IL) -- Governor Quinn says TV stations should can Bruce Rauner's latest attack ad, which relies on false headlines to paint Quinn in a negative light. He says the stations should refuse to run anything on their airwaves that are clearly false. The only problem is federal law bans TV stations from censoring political ads that come directly from a candidate. Rauner's team admitted

Unemployment down in metro areas around the state

07/25/14 05:47 AM
(Springfield, IL) -- Every metropolitan area in Illinois is seeing gains on the jobs front but the Decatur area saw the biggest improvement between June 2013 and June 2014. Their unemployment rate dropped from 12-and-a-half percent to nine-point-two-percent. Economic Development Officer Patrick Hoban say a large chunk of the growth can be attributed to a new Midwest Inland Port.

Hoban says

Area Crops Could Use Rain

07/24/14 07:19 AM
For the most part, the weather so far this growing season for the area corn and soybean crop has been very good—with plenty of rain even during the month of July. But, right now a good chunk of the area is in their driest time of this season. And, Fayette County Farm Bureau Manager Stephanie Kraus says the crops could use a shot of rain.

We will see cooler temps and dry conditions for

Twenty Counties Out Of Late Deer-Hunting Season

07/24/14 07:18 AM
The state is making a few changes to the upcoming deer hunting season. DNR Spokesman Chris Young says they're getting rid of the late-winter hunting season in 20-counties. The changes were made after a review of deer hunting harvest numbers in each county. Those counties that are keeping their population numbers at bay won't be included in the January hunting season. These include Adams,

Vandalia Alderman Honored With Replacement Abe Award

07/24/14 07:17 AM
Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman was able to honor one of the City's alderman at Monday night's meeting. Mayor Gottman began by saying a family member had informed him the Abe Award won by Ward One Alderman Neil Clark in 1974 had been lost many years ago in a fire and that Mr. Clark was saddened by that loss. Mayor Gottman worked with the Chamber of Commerce to have a new Abe Award made for

Red Cross In Desperate Need For Blood

07/24/14 07:13 AM
Blood donations are drastically down across the state.  Ben Corey, with the American Red Cross, says they need at least 80-thousand-donations in order to shore up their supply.  One pint of blood can save up to three lives so the shortage means more than 240-thousand-people could go without the bloodthey need.  The Red Cross has issued an urgent alert for people to donate.

Carson's Lemonade raid back at County Market in Vandalia Saturday

07/23/14 05:58 AM
Carson's lemonade raid is back in Vandalia this Saturday, raising money for St. Jude. Carson LaDage, the grandson of Bill and Sharon LaDage of Vandalia, will have his lemonade stand at County Market in Vandalia this Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. They are taking donations only when you stop by to pick up a glass of lemonade---and all proceeds will go to benefit St. Jude research and children.

Murray Center Parents Gear Up For Appeal

07/23/14 05:57 AM
(Centralia, IL) -- The Murray Parent's Association is planning to appeal a ruling that allows Governor Quinn to shut down the Murray Developmental Center. Rita Winkeler says her son, like many other residents at Murray, have severe disabilities and would not survive in any other setting. In fact, many parents argue the residents will end up in jails or in psychiatric wards, where they really

Crop report shows corn and soybeans in good shape around the state

07/23/14 05:55 AM
The latest crop report has corn and soybeans progressing ahead of the five year average. State Crop Statistician Doug Hartwig says crops are growing nicely in temperatures about nine degrees below normal.


69 percent of soybeans are blooming and 77 percent of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition. Average topsoil moisture is rated at nine percent short, 83 percent adequate

Gov Quinn signs billion dollar road plan

07/23/14 05:54 AM
Governor Pat Quinn is signing off on a more than one billion dollar construction program to repair roads and bridges in Illinois. Governor Quinn says this latest plan will tackle more than 210 projects and create over 14 thousand jobs. He notes the importance of taking care of the state's transportation infrastructure.


Most of the projects scheduled are short stretches of roads

Quinn Emails Show Politics Used To Disperse Funds

07/23/14 05:53 AM
(Chicago, IL) -- The "Chicago Sun Times" is reporting emails from Governor Quinn's office show how politics played a role in how nonprofits received funds from the defunct Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. Some emails show that Quinn's former top aides were contacted by Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough in January of 2011, when she was a state rep. The Maywood

Rauner Videographer Kicked Out Of Quinn Event

07/23/14 05:53 AM
(Chicago, IL) -- Bruce Rauner's campaign is up in arms, claiming Governor Quinn's security team verbally assaulted a Rauner videographer at a bill signing yesterday. A spokesman says the videographer was on public property and had a right to attend the event. But, Quinn's people weren't having it. A video of the incident shows a security guard yelling at the young videographer,

West Nile In Carbondale

07/23/14 05:52 AM
(Carbondale, IL) -- The West Nile virus is being reported in Carbondale. Officials say two batches of mosquitoes and a crow tested positive for the virus last week. People are being urged to wear insect repellent with DEET when they go out, to help reduce their risks of getting infected. They should also make sure they don't have any standing water around their homes that could draw the bugs.

Chance of strong to severe storms moving thru area early morning

07/22/14 04:35 PM
From the National Weather Service in St. Louis




City of Vandalia will advertise for a new City Administrator/Economic Developmen

07/22/14 06:16 AM
The City of Vandalia will look to fill a position they have been operating without for over 4 years. After a brief 10 minute executive session last night, the Vandalia City Council announced they will advertise for a new City Administrator and Economic Development Director—combining the two positions. Mayor Rick Gottman says they believe this is the right time to move forward in finding

Other news from Vandalia City Council meeting

07/22/14 06:15 AM
In other business at last night's Vandalia City Council meeting, the City Council voted to create a no parking zone on Tower Street, on both sides of the street, from Elm Street to Willow Street. This issue had come up at an earlier committee meeting, over concerns with parking during sporting events in the area and many residents having their driveways blocked off.


The City of

State Can Close Murray Developmental Center

07/22/14 06:14 AM
(Centralia, IL) -- People with developmental disabilities at the Murray Center could soon be forced out of their homes. A federal judge has ruled the state can shut down the Murray Developmental Center in Centralia. Governor Quinn has been trying to get the facility closed for several years, claiming it’ll save millions if the residents were moved into group homes. But the parents and

Rauner Open To Higher Income Tax Rate

07/22/14 06:13 AM
(Chicago, IL) -- There’s talk that Bruce Rauner is open to keeping a higher income tax rate in place. The GOP candidate for governor has been campaigning on the idea of rolling the rate back from five-percent to three-percent, but he admits that can’t happen overnight. He’d like to see a four-year-phase out of the higher rate but he says he’d have to work out the details

Concealed Carry Applications Back To Review Board

07/22/14 06:12 AM
(Chicago, IL) -- More than 200-people are suing the state since they were denied the right to carry a gun in public. Now, Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants to give their applications a second look, just to make sure the rejections are valid. She’s asking a Cook County Judge to send the applications back to a special review board. If the applications are denied again, the person will

Man Pleads Guilty To Murdering Ex-Girlfriend

07/22/14 06:11 AM
(Alton, IL) -- One of the men accused of killing an Alton woman and dismembering her body says he's guilty. Patrick Chase admitted that he killed his ex-girlfriend Courtney Coats during an argument back in November of last year. He and a friend then dumped her body in the Illinois River. Chase will spend 45-years in prison for the murder, and at least another ten for cutting Coats's body

Fayette County Fair wraps up with Talent Contest Saturday night

07/21/14 06:21 AM
The 85th annual Fayette County Fair wrapped up its weeklong run on Saturday night, with the Talent Contest as the final grandstand event. The brother-sister combo of Tristan and Taylen Wesselman was the winner of the Senior Division of the talent contest, with Tristan on guitar and Taylen on vocals. In the Junior division, Kyleigh Roman's dance performance took first place. The two winner

Lt. Gov makes stop in Vandalia

07/21/14 06:20 AM
Illinois Lieutenant Governor and Democrat Comptroller candidate Sheila Simon made a campaign stop in Vandalia on Saturday afternoon. Simon made a stop at Los Amigos in Vandalia. She talks about why she decided to run for Comptroller.


And, Simon says if elected, she will work to bring more transparency to the office.


Simon will face Republican incumbent Judy Barr Topinka

Brownstown man headed to DOC for theft

07/21/14 06:19 AM
A 22 year old Brownstown man pleaded guilty in Fayette County Court. 22 year old Justin P. Fields pleaded guilty to Theft over 500 dollars on theft of silver coins that occurred in April of this year. Fields was sentenced by Judge Marc Kelly to 4 years in prison, fined $500 and ordered to pay restitution. Fields also pleaded guilty to theft under 500 dollars on a separate incident that has

State Climatologist says end of summer should see cool temps

07/21/14 06:18 AM
The latest long term forecast is predicting a cooler than normal late summer and fall in Illinois. State Climatologist Jim Angel says the National Weather Service is setting up the state for some pleasant temps to round out the summer.

For the early fall, almost all of Illinois has an increased chance of below average temperatures. So far, July is shaping up to be both cooler and wetter than

Gov Quinn signs law "banning the box"

07/21/14 06:17 AM
Governor Pat Quinn is signing a new law to ensure fair hiring practices in Illinois. The law prevents criminal background checks until an employer has reviewed whether an applicant is qualified for the job. Governor Quinn says we need to put people to work, and everyone deserves a fair shot.

Illinois is the 5th state in the country to pass the so called “ban the box” legislation.

Illinois Gov. Signs Bill Allowing Marijuana For Kids With Seizures

07/21/14 06:16 AM
(Undated) -- Medical marijuana laws in Illinois are changing. Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law a bill that allows kids with epilepsy to use marijuana to ease their symptoms. The Democratic governor said, quote, "This new law will help alleviate the suffering of many adults and children across the state." The law takes effect in January and would allow children who suffer from

Palatine Girl Slated To Attend Kids State Dinner

07/21/14 06:16 AM
(Washington, D.C.) -- An 11-year-old Palatine girl is spending the day at the White House. Tess Boghossian was chosen to represent Illinois in the Kids State Dinner with First Lady Michelle Obama. Tess won the bid after submitting a recipe in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. Her "Lincoln Inaugural Soup" won over the judges and will be on the menu tonight. Tess's mom says the dish

Woman Arrested After Posting Selfie on Social Media

07/21/14 06:15 AM
(West Frankfort, IL) -- It's become quite a fad to snap a picture of yourself and post it onto social media sites, but one selfie landed a West Frankfort woman in the slammer. Danielle Saxton was apparently wearing a stolen dress in the snapshot that she posted on Facebook earlier this month. Someone saw the picture and turned Saxton in just hours after the owner of Mortie's Boutique

Three injured in 4 vehicle accident on I-70 in Fayette County

07/19/14 10:58 AM
Three people were injured in a 4 vehicle accident on Friday evening in Fayette County.  Illinois State Police say a vehicle driven by 25 year old James Williams of West Virginia was west bound on Interstate 70 near mile marker 65 (2 miles east of the Vandalia-Pana exit) when State Police say Williams vehicle rear ended a vehicle driven by 53 year old Dana Mendenhall of Robinson, then the

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at County Market in Vandalia Saturday

07/18/14 07:19 AM
County Market in Vandalia will have some special visitors Saturday.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be at County Market from 10 am to noon on Saturday---they will be available for pictures and autographs.  You can also get a free Crush Float during this time. 

Heaven Davis Sentenced to 36 Months in DOC

07/18/14 06:07 AM
A 24-year old Fayette County woman has been sentenced to 36 months in the Illlinois Department of Corrections. Heaven Davis of Vandalia, entered an open guilty plea for a charge of endangering a child during a May court appearance in the matter of the January death of 1-year old Addison Scott. Davis was sentenced on that charge yesterday by Judge Allen Bennett to 36 months in the Illinois

County artist Clayton Anderson Set To Take Fayette County Fair Stage

07/18/14 06:06 AM
Tonight’s grandstand event at the Fayette County Fair will feature up-and-coming country musician Clayton Anderson in concert. Anderson has opened up for country stars such as Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Eric Church and says being from a small town, he enjoys getting to perform at county fairs.

As for what concert goers can expect from his show, Anderson says a lot of energy and

Opening act at Fair tonight, Cedar Ridge, working on debut album

07/18/14 06:04 AM
Springfield-based Cedar Ridge Band will serve as the opening act for tonight’s Clayton Anderson concert at the Fayette County Fair. The past several months have been a busy time for Cedar Ridge’s Jenni DeMarco and Kari Kelley as they work with Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Jamie O’Neal on their debut album. And the duo says it has been an exciting time for them.