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(Honolulu, HI)  --  Today marks the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.  On December 7th, 1941, the Pearl Harbor naval base was devastated by a surprise blitz of Japanese warplanes. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared war on Japan the next day.  [/au...
Dec 07, 2018
The Vandalia Statehouse will hold their annual Christmas Open House on Saturday evneing.  The event will be from 5 pm to 7:30 pm at the Vandalia Statehouse, with the first 100 families to visit will receive a free Christmas ornament.  For the event, visitors will find the Statehouse illuminated by more than 1...
Dec 07, 2018
Despite the recent big tornado outbreak, 2018 is wrapping up to be a pretty average year for tornadoes.  Illinois typically sees about 54 tornadoes annually.  Saturday's tornadoes brought the total for this year to 57.  Still, it's a little disconcerting to see so many in December says State Climatologis...
Dec 07, 2018
Attorney General Lisa Madigan and 38 states are joining forces to crack down on annoying robocalls.  Madigan says her office receives lots of complaints about robocalls, and this new multi-state coalition is addressing the issue. [/audio] The group also wants to look at "neighbor spoofing" where il...
Dec 07, 2018
(Springfield, IL)  --  It could soon be a lot more expensive to drive in Illinois.  I-DOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn this week told reporters that he thinks it is inevitable that lawmakers will raise Illinois' gas tax and/or license plate fees.  Blankenhorn said the state is not spending ...
Dec 07, 2018
(Tamms, IL)  --  Add mold to the long, troubled history of Illinois' supermax prison.  The Southern Illinoisan this week reported that many parts of the prison at Tamms are covered in mold.  Tamms has been closed since 2013, and there's been almost constant talk of reopening the prison.&nb...
Dec 07, 2018
We could have a bit of a sloppy drive home today.  We will see rain and snow today, becoming all snow this afternoon, with a high of 37.  The National Weather Service in St. Louis says total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch is possible.  It will be gradually clearing and cold tonight with ...
Dec 06, 2018
The case of a Buffalo, Missouri man charged in connection to a fatal pedestrian accident on Interstate 70 in Fayette County remains set for trial later this month. 60-year old Ray L. Ryan appeared in Fayette County Court on Tuesday morning with attorney Ryan Connor for e pretrial hearing. A 402 conference has been requ...
Dec 06, 2018
The Deer Harvest for 2018 during firearm deer hunting season was up for the area and the state.  For the state, the preliminary total is that 80,896 deer were taken by hunters during the 7 day Illinois Firearm Deer Season that concluded on Sunday.  That was just over last year's 2 season total of 80,117. ...
Dec 06, 2018
Last month was the 8th coldest November on record in Illinois.  The statewide average temperatures last month was 35 degrees.  That's more than 7 degrees below normal says State Climatologist Jim Angel. [/audio] Snowfall ranged from about an inch in southeastern Illinois to 15 inches in the Quad Cities....
Dec 06, 2018