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Armed Robbery Investigation Underway in Franklin County

BENTON – The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating an armed robbery and aggravated unlawful restraint that happened late Thursday at a rural Franklin County business. According to Sheriff Kyle Bacon, the investigation is in its early stages and at this time no other information is being released.

House Republicans Applaud Decision on No-cash Bail Law

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Republicans are applauding Wednesday’s ruling against the no-cash bail portion of the Safe-T Act. State Representative Patrick Windhorst of Metropolis says the decision validated many of their concerns about ending the current cash bail system. But he notes the problem now is that this seems to only affect counties involved in the

Wayne County Deputy Remembered on Anniversary of Murder

FAIRFIELD – The community is remembering Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy Sean Riley as Thursday marked one year since he was murdered in the line of duty. Riley was killed while responding to a motorist assist call on I-64. Ray Tate admitted he shot and killed the deputy during the call and was sentenced to life

City of Carbondale Closed Monday for New Year’s Holiday

CARBONDALE – All City of Carbondale offices will be closed on Monday, January 2 for the New Year’s holiday.  Walk-in customer service will not be available on this day from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 3 at 8 a.m. Emergency services will be available during the closure. Utility bill

Portion of SAFE-T Act Tossed by Kankakee County Judge

KANKAKEE COUNTY — Illinois’ controversial SAFE-T Act is once again in question after a judge made a major change to it Wednesday. Kankakee County Chief Judge Thomas Cunnington’s ruling sides with prosecutors and sheriffs from across the state. But the ruling will only affect a portion of the SAFE-T act. And state leaders plan to

Severin: End of Cash Bail Ruled Unconstitutional

BENTON – State Rep. Dave Severin (R-Benton) currently serves as the House Republican ranking member on the House Judiciary Criminal Law Committee. Severin issued the following statement Wednesday night upon the news that the end of cash bail has been ruled unconstitutional by a Kankakee County judge on Wednesday night. “I have voted no on

I-57 Southbound Exit at Dix Reopened, Northbound Work up Next

DIX – Drivers have been detouring around the southbound Interstate 57 exit at Dix for months as the Illinois Department of Transportation replaced the overpass structure and wound traffic through a twisting two-lane construction zone. But on Tuesday, the southbound exit reopened and the lanes of traffic were returned to their proper sides of the