09:45pm CDT, 04/25/15

Local News

Tornado Watch cancelled---tstorms still possible

04/25/15 05:23 PM
The National Weather Service has cancelled the Tornado Watch for Fayette County and the surrounding counties.  The watch was to be in effect until 8 pm but has been cancelled.  It remains in effect for deep southern Illinois and southeast Missouri.  The NWS in St. Louis now says that isolated severe storms are possible this evening  across extremes southeast Missouri and

Showers and TStorms for today---chance of severe weather

04/25/15 06:03 AM
Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for today with the threat of severe weather around the area.  Showers and Thunderstorms are very likely for today with a high of 62.  The National Weather Service in St. Louis says several waves of thunderstorms are expected thru this evening.  The NWS says the greatest potential for severe thunderstorms will occur this afternoon and

Vandalia City Council to hold special meeting Monday evening

04/25/15 06:00 AM
The Vandalia City Council will hold a special meeting on Monday evening, where they will deal with a resignation of a long time police officer and authorize the hiring of a new one.  The City Council will first act on the letter of resignation by Officer Todd Wagner, who is retiring as of May 8th.  Officer Wagner says in his letter of retirement that due to family obligations and other

Bill Would Allow Testing Opt-Outs

04/25/15 05:57 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow students to opt out of state exams without being punished for that decision.  The bill is a response to the threat by the state board of education this year to withhold funding from the Chicago Public Schools because they refused to implement a new standardized test.  CPS ultimately relented, even

Bill Aims At Police Data Hoarding

04/25/15 05:56 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  The Illinois House has passed and sent to the Senate a bill limiting how long police can keep the data they amass using automated license plate readers.  The bill would require police to dump that information after thirty months unless there's a compelling reason.  Police groups oppose the bill, saying the automated license plate readers are

Two injured on motorcycles on I-70 in Vandalia

04/24/15 06:31 AM
Two individuals on motorcycles were injured in an accident in the construction zone on I-70 in Vandalia.  Illinois State Police reports say a motorcycle operated by 51 year old James L. Thomas of Michigan was westbound on I-70 at mile marker 63, coming thru the construction zone area that is reduced to one lane in each direction.  Thomas was traveling westbound next to a motorcycle

Storms on the way for Friday night, Saturday

04/24/15 06:20 AM
After some cool and dry days this week, we are looking at showers and thunderstorms for tonight and tomorrow. For today we do have a chance of showers and storms this afternoon with a high today of 64. Starting overnight tonight showers and thunderstorms are likely with a low tonight of 51. Showers and Thunderstorms are again likely on Saturday with a high of 64. The National Weather Service says

Sen McCarter's bill against synthetic drugs passes Senate

04/24/15 06:19 AM
A new tactic to combat dangerous street drugs approved by the Illinois Senate on Thursday protects young people and represents a best effort by lawmakers to stop dangerous drug issues, according to bill sponsor State Senator Kyle McCarter. Senator McCarter told colleagues during debate that Senate Bill 1129 aims not only to protect youth from synthetic or designer drugs, but to protect families

McHaney re-elected Fourth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge

04/24/15 06:18 AM
Michael McHaney will remain the Chief Judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit for the next two years. At a meeting of the judges of the fourth judicial circuit earlier this month, Circuit Judge Michael McHaney was re-elected Chief Judge for the fourth circuit for a two year term beginning in July of this year. The circuit is made up of nine counties—Fayette, Christian, Clay, Clinton,

State House Approves Bill To Lessen Punishment For Small Marijuana Offenses

04/24/15 06:16 AM
House lawmakers voted Thursday to lower the penalty for those caught with small amount of marijuana. Getting busted with 30 grams or less of pot would earn you a ticket and a 100 dollar fine under the legislation. It is supported by State Representative Lou Lang.


Supporters says this will also save police officers valuable time so they can go after serious criminals. The bill will

Senate votes sweet corn as state veggie, now heading to House

04/24/15 06:15 AM
Illinois may soon have an official state vegetable. The Senate passed a bill sponsored by State Senator Sam McCann, who says it was inspired by fourth graders in the Chatham School District.


The legislation passed unanimously, although there was some debate whether corn is actually a grain and not a vegetable. The House will now consider the measure.

Illinois Company Recalling Around 500 Pounds Of Bratwurst

04/24/15 06:14 AM
(Louisville, IL)  --  A Clay County company is recalling around 500-pounds of bratwurst.  The recall was announced yesterday for the North Clay Packing Company in Louisville.  State officials say the product contains milk but it is not included on the label.  Milk is a known allergen.  The sausages were sold in white five-pound boxes labeled "Illini Land

Tornado Damage Still Under Study

04/24/15 06:13 AM
(Fairdale, IL)  --  Two weeks after a deadly tornado ripped through the small community of Fairdale, the state's emergency agency says it's still assessing the damage.  Nearly every building in the town of 150 sustained some kind of damage and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency tells "The Daily Chronicle" it's too early to say what state aid will be

Former State Rep. Derrick Smith Gets Five Months

04/24/15 06:12 AM
(Chicago, IL)  --  A former State Representative convicted last year of accepting a bribe while in office is heading to prison.  Derrick Smith was sentenced yesterday by a federal judge in Chicago to five-months behind bars.  Smith was indicted in March of 2012 after prosecutors say he accepted a seven-thousand-dollar bribe from an undercover FBI informant in exchange for

Fayette Water Company Boil Order

04/23/15 02:29 PM
The Fayette Water Company has issued a Boil Order for customers in Sefton Township West of 1600 E and North of 1900 N until further notice.

Vandalia School Board with several hires at Tuesday meeting

04/23/15 06:04 AM
The Vandalia School Board made several personnel moves at their meeting on Tuesday evening. And, some new hires with a lot of Vandal flavor. Among the new hires are 2009 VCHS graduate Laura Hobbie for Junior High Science, 2010 graduate Katie Vieregge for Junior High Title One Math and 1997 VCHS grad Joe Kelly for Junior High Math. Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well says they are pleased

Sen McCarter advances his legislation against synthetic drugs, town hall meeting

04/23/15 06:03 AM
A new category of dangerous drugs—these synthetic or designer drugs---are a growing problem throughout Illinois. State Senator Kyle McCarter has made killer drugs one of his top legislative priorities in 2015. His legislation targeting the synthetics or designer drugs won unanimous approval in the Senate Criminal Law Committee Wednesday evening.


Senator McCarter's

Illinois House Approves Ban On Red Light Cameras in Certain Communities

04/23/15 06:01 AM
(Springfield, IL) -- Certain Illinois communities could be getting rid of red light cameras in the near future. The Illinois House approved a bill on Wednesday that would ban cameras in non-home-rule municipalities. The law would go into effect in 2017. The cameras would remain in cities like Chicago that have home rule powers. The bill will now head to the Senate.



Illinois Senate Approves Bill To Reverse Cuts Made By Governor Rauner

04/23/15 06:00 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  Illinois lawmakers are working towards reversing a number of cuts made by Governor Rauner to social services and public health programs. The state Senate approved a bill yesterday that would restore around 26-million-dollars in funding for a number of programs including those that help people quit smoking and children with autism. The Illinois House is next up to

The Illinois 2015 Most Endangered Historic Places List

04/23/15 05:59 AM
(Undated) -- Landmarks Illinois is unveiling the 2015 list of the Most Endangered Historic Places in the state. The non-profit group says the list calls attention to threatened historic resources that are in need of assistance and are important to the local residents and economy. The list includes the State Historic Preservation Office in Springfield, the Black Hawk Statue in Ogle County, the

Amtrak Will Continue Pet-Friendly Rides

04/23/15 05:58 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  Amtrak will continue going to the dogs and the passenger rail service says that's a good thing.  Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation say they will continue a pilot program that allows passengers to bring small pets on trips from Chicago to several downstate locations.  Since last year, some 200 people have paid 25-dollars to bring

Minonk Police Chief Fired Following Arrest

04/23/15 05:58 AM
(Eureka, IL) -- An Illinois police chief is out of a job after being arrested this week for allegedly driving drunk. Authorities say Minonk police Chief Nathan Barker was cited for DUI and improper lane usage Monday morning in Woodford County near Eureka. Minonk City officials say the 33-year-old was fired the next day. A replacement has yet to be named.



Frost Advisory in effect from 4 am to 8 am Thursday morning

04/22/15 05:04 PM





New Taxicab Service coming to Vandalia, other business

04/22/15 06:14 AM
It looks like a taxi service will be returning to Vandalia. The Vandalia City Council approved the application for a taxicab business license at their meeting on Monday night. The license is for John Hankins of Litchfield. Hankins says he would hire a driver in Vandalia that would have a vehicle and dispatch from their house, so there would not be any delay in getting service. Alderman Jerry

Alderman Neil Clark says farewell at last meeting

04/22/15 06:13 AM
A Vandalia Alderman said good bye at the end of his final meeting on Monday. Ward One Alderman Neil Clark, who lost in the April 7th election to Kenneth Hubler, wished Hubler luck and told the alderman and the audience it had truly been a pleasure to work with the city, the alderman and under the leadership of Mayor Gottman. Clark served one term on the City Council before being defeated earlier

Illinois House votes to extend state's medical marijuana program

04/22/15 06:12 AM
The Illinois House is voting to extend the state's medical marijuana program. The law allowing the four year pilot program was signed in 2013, but implementation has taken much longer than expected and medical cannabis is not yet available in Illinois. With that in mind, State Representative Lou Lang wants to make sure the four year clock doesn't start ticking until the first marijuana

IHSA Considering Less Tackling During Football Practice

04/22/15 06:11 AM
(Bloomington, IL)  --  Illinois High School football players could soon be tackling even less during practice.  "The State Journal-Register" reports the IHSA discussed the idea of limiting live tackling during their regular meeting yesterday.  Two committees recommended teams only be allowed to have full contact three days a week starting the Monday before the first

Report: Illinois In Need Of Skilled Workers

04/22/15 06:09 AM
(Undated)  --  A report says Illinois is in need of skilled workers.  The report done by the business group ReadyNation claims Illinois could be down 150-thousand qualified workers by 2020.  Companies have been forced to bring in unskilled labor or people from other states.  ReadyNation official Sean Noble says Illinois should spend more money on early childhood education

Rauner Grant Cuts Under Scrutiny

04/22/15 06:08 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  Illinois House members today took aim at Governor Rauner's decision to suspend 26-million-dollars in 2015 grants to public health and social service agencies.  Lawmakers grilled Rauner's budget chief Tim Nuding for a detailed list of program cuts and the criteria the governor's office used in making them.  The Democratic lawmakers are setting

Lawmaker Wants Tougher Grant Rules

04/22/15 06:07 AM
(Springfield, IL)  --  A Republican lawmaker from Bloomington says he's proposing a change in state law to prevent a repeat of former Governor Pat Quinn's scandal-plagued anti-violence program called the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.  Poor supervision and record-keeping were found in the way 55-million-dollars in grants were doled out to local community groups, and

Elevated Fire Danger today

04/21/15 03:48 PM



Vandalia City Council tables any action on Governor's "Turnaround Agenda"

04/21/15 06:16 AM
The Vandalia City Council started off their meeting on Monday night in front of a standing room only crowd. But, much of that crowd quickly left the building, after the City Council decided to table the hot issue on the agenda. That hot issue was Item G on the Agenda under new business and stated “Resolution in support of the “Turnaround Agenda” for Local Government Empowerment

City of Vandalia reaches RR improvement agreement with ICC

04/21/15 06:13 AM
The City of Vandalia has reached an agreement with the Illinois Commerce Commission for railroad improvements on the crossing at 5th and 6th streets. After a few months of negotiations, the City of Vandalia has a plan that Engineer Rodney Potts of Crawford and Associates says is the best they are going to get. Potts explains the new restrictions.


-It will be a one way street from 6th

Illinois Lawmakers Pushing For Fewer Specialty License Plates

04/21/15 06:07 AM
(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois could soon be cutting down the amount of specialty license plates seen on the roadways. The Illinois House approved a bill that would create a universal specialty plate. Those wishing to support a certain cause would have to purchase a large sticker that would be placed on the plate. The move follows a number of complaints from members of law enforcement who claim to

Biden To Address Sex Assault Prevention In U Of I Speech

04/21/15 06:06 AM
(Urbana, IL)  --  The White House has announced more details about Vice President Joe Biden's campus visit to U of I this week.  Biden will give an address Thursday afternoon about the importance of preventing sexual assault on campus, highlighting the "It's On Us" prevention campaign that enlists students in the fight against sexual assaults. His speech will be

Man Charged With Stealing Donations For Tornado Victims

04/21/15 06:05 AM
(Fairdale, IL)  --  An Ogle County man is being charged after authorities say he was caught stealing supplies donated to the victims of the deadly tornado that ripped through the town of Fairdale on April 9th. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office says a Fairdale resident claimed to have witnessed Richard Burtch of Stillman Valley loading his vehicle with donations. An officer made the

Kaskaskia College announces hiring of Dr. Penny Quinn as next President

04/20/15 04:35 PM
Kaskaskia College is proud to announce that Dr. Penny Quinn of Pawnee Rock, Kansas has been named the next President of Kaskaskia College. Dr. Quinn will replace Dr. Jim Underwood who will be retiring June 30, 2015.


Dr. Quinn is currently serving as College Vice President of Barton Community College in Great Bend, Kansas. She has twenty-five years of experience in public higher

Schedule change---Vandals now AT South Central for today's game

04/20/15 02:47 PM
The Vandals will now travel to South Central for today's game.  So, Vandals versus South Central at 4:30 pm at Lion's Field in Kinmundy.

Exact wording of agenda item for tonight's Vandalia City Council meeting

04/20/15 02:43 PM
The exact wording for the item for tonight's Vandalia City Council meeting is "Resolution in Support of the "Turnaround Agenda" for Local Government Empowerment and Reform." 

The wording on the Fayette County Board's agenda last week was a bit different.  It stated "A resolution for Worker Freedom and Local Empowerment Zones." 


Vandalia City Council with Gov Rauner's Turnaround proposal on agenda tonight

04/20/15 02:07 PM
According to Alderwoman Dorothy Crawford, the Vandalia City Council has on their agenda tonight of whether or not to support the Governor's Turnaround plan.  At their meeting last week, the Fayette County Board voted to support "right to work" legislation---but not necessarily The Gov's Turnaround plan.

Cool Weather throughout this week

04/20/15 06:02 AM
As we head into the final 10 days of April, this week will feel more like March. After seeing rain for most of the day on Sunday and then early Monday morning, it looks like the rain will mostly miss us this week with just some slight chances at different times. But, cooler temperatures will be with us. We'll see a high of just 59 for today with gradually clearing skies and mostly clear skies

Lincoln Presenters Conference in Vandalia, Abe Clymer awarded Key to City

04/20/15 06:01 AM
Dozens of Lincoln Presenters from all across the country were in Vandalia over the weekend for the 2015 Lincoln Presenters Conference. The main day for events was on Saturday with events on the Statehouse Lawn and then a parade thru downtown Vandalia on Saturday afternoon. That was followed by Cemetery Walk tours and then the Lincoln Ball on Saturday evening at the Vandalia Moose Lodge. And, at

Despite legislation being rejected, Sen McCarter still wants to stop unfunded sc

04/20/15 05:58 AM
State Senator Kyle McCarter says he hasn't given up on ideas for leaving local school alone from costly unfunded mandates. Two legislative measures, sponsored by State Senator Kyle McCarter, would give local school boards more control over how they manage their schools. Both were rejected by a Senate Committee on April 14th. Senator McCarter says the legislation is common sense reform that

Diesel Fuel Got Into Mississippi, Says Energy Company

04/20/15 05:57 AM
(Roxana, IL)  --  Cleanup is underway after a pipeline reportedly leaked nearly 30-thousand gallons of diesel fuel into a Metro East waterway.  Officials with Phillips 66 say the leak was discovered Friday morning from a pipeline that runs between the company's terminal in Hartford, Illinois and the terminal's barge dock on the Mississippi River.  The leak was able to

Biden Will Be At U of I This Week

04/20/15 05:56 AM
(Champaign, IL)  --  Vice President Joe Biden is coming to the University of Illinois this week to talk about sexual assault on college campuses.  The White House issued a release Friday afternoon indicating Biden will be at the U of I on Thursday.  The appearance is part of a national campaign against sexual assault called "It's On Us."  Biden, then a

Questions Remain Regarding Funding For Town Hit By Tornado

04/20/15 05:55 AM
(Fairdale, IL)  --  A state senator says it's not clear yet what kind of financial assistance may be provided by the government to the tornado-stricken community of Fairdale.  Senator Dale Syverson and Governor Bruce Rauner updated residents on Friday.  Syverson said it's not clear if FEMA will declare a disaster, which is the key to funding.  He added it remains

Pics from today's Lincoln Presenters Parade

04/18/15 06:09 PM


Pics from today's Lincoln Presenters Parade

04/18/15 06:07 PM


rainy and stormy weather for the weekend

04/18/15 06:26 AM
After a mostly dry week, it doesn't look like the weekend will be the same.  We will see mostly sunny skies for Saturday with a high of 78.  But, showers and thunderstorms are likely for Saturday night and early Sunday morning with a low of 57.  We will see occasional showers and thunderstorms during the day on Sunday with a high of 66 and then showers and thunderstorms likely

Public events for the 2015 Lincoln Presenters Conference

04/18/15 06:24 AM
Public Events for Saturday

9 am to 10:45 am-Lincon Forum at the Vandalia Statehouse

11:45 am to 12:45 pm-Lunch with Lincoln at the Vandalia Statehouse Lawn (fee will apply)

1 pm-Lincoln Parade thru downtown Vandalia

2 pm to 4 pm-Cemetery Walk Tours at the Old State Cemetery

6 pm to 9:30 pm-Lincoln Ball at the Vandalia Moose Lodge (6 pm social hour, 6:30 pm buffet dinner-advanced