Milner will not seek reelection as Marion County State’s Attorney

MARION COUNTY — Only one candidate is currently seeking the Marion County State’s Attorney’s seat in the 2020 election after its current occupant has announced he’ll not seek reelection. After just one term in office, Bill Milner has announced his decision to return to private practice next year. Milner’s decision leaves Republican Tim Hudspeth as…Read more…

ISBE bans use of isolation rooms immediately, orders investigations into practice

CENTRALIA — In response to a report released Tuesday from ProPublica and the Chicago Tribune exposing the use of isolation rooms and physical restraints being used in schools across Illinois, including at Bridges Learning Center in Centralia, Kaskaskia Special Education Director Cassie Clark released a statement. Clark’s statement Wednesday says that their staff has and…Read more…

Jefferson County Arrest Reports 11-20-19

MT. VERNON — On Wednesday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests to WMIX / WDML News: 25-year-old Derek Kirgan of Centralia was arrested by Mt. Vernon Police Tuesday for possession of meth less than five grams, possession of a hypodermic syringe / needle / etc., and resisting / obstructing a peace officer.…Read more…

Appellate Court Justice Cates to Run for Illinois Supreme Court

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS — Another 5th District Appellate Court Justice has announced that she will run for the Illinois Supreme Court. Judy Cates of Swansea will be running for the seat being vacated by Lloyd Karmeier. Cates is a firm believer that politics should stay out of the judicial system. Cates is running as a Democrat…Read more…

Centralia School Among Those Included in Report Accusing Schools of Locking Students in Isolation Rooms

CENTRALIA — A report released Tuesday by ProPublica documents a disturbing practice in schools across Illinois, including one in Centralia, where students, most of them with disabilities, are locked in isolation rooms. Through Freedom of Information Act requests, ProPublica and the Chicago Tribune found more than 20,000 incidents from the 2017-18 school year and through early December 2018.…Read more…

Jefferson County Arrest Reports 11-19-19

MT. VERNON — On Tuesday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests to WMIX / WDML News: 31-year-old Marques Smith of Lynwood, IL was arrested by Illinois State Police Monday for possession a stolen vehicle. 38-year-old Karen Millenbine of Waltonville was arrested Monday for abuse or neglect of an elderly person as a…Read more…

Jefferson County Businessman Enters 115th Illinois House District Race

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A Jefferson County businessman has announced he will seek the 115th Illinois statehouse seat in the coming election. Johnnie Smith II of Ashley will look to win the seat being vacated by Terri Bryant. Smith owns the Spartanville Fuel Station in Waltonville and is a trustee in Blissville Township. He says he…Read more…

Carbondale Man Sentenced to Prison for Aggravated Battery to a Child

JACKSON COUNTY — A Carbondale man was sentenced in Jackson County Court after pleading guilty to aggravated battery to a child and admitting to violating conditions of probation Friday. Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr says the aggravated battery to a child charge against 35-year-old Terrill A. Travis arose from an incident on July 24,…Read more…

Benton Native Doug Collins to Receive State’s Highest Honor

BENTON — A Benton native known for his distinguished basketball and broadcasting career is one of six people Gov. JB Pritzker recently announced that will be receiving the state’s highest honor for professional achievement and public service – the Order of Lincoln. Paul (Doug) Collins is an American basketball executive, former player, coach, and television…Read more…

Mt. Vernon Residents Voice Opposition to Proposed Property Tax Hike

MT. VERNON — Mt. Vernon residents voiced their opposition to a 13-percent property tax hike on the city’s portion of the property tax bill Monday night at a truth in taxation hearing before Monday night’s city council meeting. City manager Mary Ellen Bechtel is recommending the tax hike to the council to cover a state-mandated…Read more…