Two Mt. Vernon Men Charged with Trafficking Meth

MT. VERNON – A pair of Mt. Vernon residents is under federal indictment for methamphetamine-related offenses. Malcolm Brooks, 36, and Garry V. Gilliams, 40, are named in a seven-count indictment returned on Oct. 24, 2019. According to the indictment, the two men conspired to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine within the Southern District

Fifteen Charged in Mt. Vernon Drug Ring

MT. VERNON – Fifteen men who allegedly participated in a drug trafficking ring in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, have been indicted on federal methamphetamine-related charges, Steven D. Weinhoeft, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced recently. The seven-count indictment was returned on Oct. 24, 2019, and accuses the following men of engaging in a

Shawnee National Forest Offers New Christmas Tree Permit

HARRISBURG – Enjoying the fresh air while hiking the forest, in search of the perfect Christmas tree, can be a wonderful way to begin the holiday season. Create special memories by bringing your family to the Shawnee National Forest to cut your own Christmas tree. Beginning today, the Shawnee National Forest will offer the public,

Runaway Girl Found Over the Weekend in Williamson County

MARION – The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office says a runaway girl reported missing Friday was found Saturday by Herrin Police. Sheriff Bennie Vick thanks everyone for their help in finding 15-year-old Autumn Weir.   Vick says Weir did not come home from school Friday. He says the girl has run away several times in the

Windhorst: Rushed Process Leaves Unanswered Questions on Pension Reform

SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Patrick Windhorst (R-Metropolis) cast an opposing vote on legislation that will combine police and fire pension system assets. Windhorst says the Veto Session did not provide adequate time to study legislation of such magnitude, and that the rushed process has led to a concerning lack of details. Windhorst says his no

Windhorst Supports Ethics Reforms, Demands Further Action

SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Patrick Windhorst (R-Metropolis) sounded off after the adjournment of the 2019 Veto Session on Thursday, expressing his displeasure with a lack of action on a package of tougher ethics reforms he is sponsoring in the House. The 118th District State Representative is in his first-term, but says 2019 has taught him