Ten Digits Now Required to Complete Phone Calls in Illinois

Ten Digits Now Required to Complete Phone Calls in Illinois

Starting Sunday, callers in the 618 Area Code will be required to dial all ten digits when making a phone call. To complete local calls, you will need to dial either the area code plus telephone number or 1 plus area code plus telephone number. This applies to all calls within the 618 area code that are currently…

Carbondale Police Seeking Information on Home Invasion, Robbery

Carbondale Police Seeking Information on Home Invasion, Robbery

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Police are investigating a recent home invasion and armed robbery. According to a press release, officers Wednesday morning went to the 300 block of South James Street in reference to the incident that allegedly happened early Tuesday morning. Officers learned two unknown suspects wearing masks and armed with handguns entered the home and demanded property from…

SIUC Commencement Ceremonies Returning to Banterra Center

SIUC Commencement Ceremonies Returning to Banterra Center

CARBONDALE – Commencement ceremonies for fall 2021 graduates at Southern Illinois University Carbondale are set to return to Banterra Center on Dec. 11. In an effort to keep graduates and their guests safe, two separate ceremonies – broken down by colleges and schools – are planned according to officials. Commencement will be compliant with the Restore…

Illinois Unemployment Claims Drop From Pandemic Highs

Illinois Unemployment Claims Drop From Pandemic Highs

A new study shows that Illinois’ unemployment claims are 18.28% lower than pre-COVID levels. As businesses reopen and enhanced unemployment benefits end, Illinoisans are going back to work. Jill Gonzalez of WalletHub said that since March 2020, unemployment claims have decreased significantly. “The expiration of extra unemployment benefits should help reduce unemployment,” she said. “Some people…

Deere Workers Reject Contract Offer From Tractor Maker

Deere Workers Reject Contract Offer From Tractor Maker

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) – The vast majority of United Auto Workers union members rejected a contract offer from Deere & Co. Sunday that would have delivered at least 5% raises to the workers who make John Deere tractors and other equipment. Negotiators will return to the bargaining table Monday to try and work out a…

Centralia Man on Parole Arrested After Fleeing Police

Centralia Man on Parole Arrested After Fleeing Police

MT. VERNON – A 35-year-old Centralia man is in the Jefferson County Jail following his arrest Saturday in Mt. Vernon on multiple charges. According to the Mt. Vernon Police Department, just after midnight Saturday, a Mt Vernon officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle after observing it commit traffic violations. The officer removed the driver from the…

Poll: Cyberattacks Concerning to Most Americans

Poll: Cyberattacks Concerning to Most Americans

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Most Americans across party lines have serious concerns about cyberattacks on U.S. computer systems and view China and Russia as major threats. According to a new poll by The Pearson Institute and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, about 9 in 10 Americans are at least somewhat concerned about…

Du Quoin State Fair Marks Highest Attendance in Five Years

Du Quoin State Fair Marks Highest Attendance in Five Years

DU QUOIN, IL – Over 150,000 people attended the Du Quoin State Fair this year, up 22.1% from 2019 attendance numbers of nearly 124,000 people. Along with overall attendance being up, grandstand shows saw their highest attendance numbers since 2012. The eight performances drew a collective 20,780 people, with classic rock band REO Speedwagon leading…

Shawneetown Woman Facing 63 Months in Prison for Fraud

Shawneetown Woman Facing 63 Months in Prison for Fraud

BENTON – A Shawneetown woman was recently sentenced in U.S. District Court in Benton to 63 months in prison for defrauding her former employer of over $1.5 million. According to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Steven Weinhoeft, 55-year-old Paula R. Hise had previously pled guilty on April 19, 2021 to an Indictment…

Two Arrested in Death Investigation of Nashville Man Found in Gas Tanker Truck

Two Arrested in Death Investigation of Nashville Man Found in Gas Tanker Truck

WATSEKA, Ill. – Two men have been arrested in connection with the death of a Nashville, Illinois man found dead in a gasoline tanker truck in June in the small East Central Illinois town of Buckley. 33-year-old Billy Roof III of Kankakee and 37-year-old Ryan Morrow of Tallula have been indicted by an Iroquois County…

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