Area Breaking News

Temporary Restraining Order Against IHSA Denied

 DuPage County Judge Paul Fullerton denied a temporary restraining order against the IHSA Thursday afternoon. Had the motion been granted, the current plan of a four-sport season for the current academic year would have been suspended.     The hearing was made public via a Zoom conference call.     The suit, brought by three…

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St. John’s Adult Day Program Reopening Collinsville and Edwardsville Locations

St. John’s Community Care’s Adult Day Program is once again able to welcome participants back to our  program. Coronavirus mandates forced the closing of both the Edwardsville and Collinsville locations for the past 6.5 months. “We are ready!” said Stacey Rhodes, Adult Day Program Director. “The IL Dept. on Aging approved our reopening plan which…

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Drive-Through Medication Turn In Program Set For October 24

Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons, Coroner Steve Nonn, and Sheriff John Lakin are once again encouraging Madison County residents to participate in the Drug Take-Back Day.  On Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Madison County residents are encouraged to take advantage of our convenient drive-thru to bring their expired, or…

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Region 4, the Metro East, Remains Under Additional Mitigation Measures

Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are announcing COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will be implemented in Region 1, the northwestern most counties in Illinois, beginning Saturday, October 3, 2020.  The region is seeing a 7-day rolling average test positivity rate of 8% or above for three consecutive days, which exceeds the threshold set…

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Collinsville Music Teacher Regional Teacher Of The Year

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has named Collinsville Community Unit School District #10 (CUSD 10) elementary music teacher Jennifer Bhooshan the 2021 Illinois Teacher of the Year for the Southwest Region. Mrs. Bhooshan (boo-shawn) teaches kindergarten through fourth grade music at Maryville Elementary and Webster Elementary schools in Collinsville CUSD 10. She was…

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Governor’s Office Staffer Positive for COVID-19, Governor and All Close Contacts Self-Isolate for 14 Days

After a member of Governor JB Pritzker’s staff tested positive for COVID-19, the governor and all other close contacts will self-isolate for a 14-day period, pursuant to state and federal public health guidelines.   The staff member was tested on Wednesday during weekly testing for the governor’s office and was negative. After experiencing symptoms, the…

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Former Madison County Postal Employee Charged With Stealing Mail

A federal grand jury for the Southern District of Illinois has returned an indictment charging Tia M. Taylor, 27, of Alton, Illinois, with one count of theft of mail by a postal service employee. The indictment charges that in July 2020, Taylor stole four packages addressed to Godfrey residents from the Godfrey post office, where…

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City of Edwardsville Announces Healthy Halloween Events

Edwardsville, Illinois— September 28, 2020 — The City of Edwardsville today announced trick-or-treating days and times along with new events for the community to celebrate a Healthy Halloween. The Department of Parks and Recreation will host a Virtual Costume Contest from October 15 to October 30 on the Department’s Facebook page. Participants may enter in…

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State’s Attorney Trial Team Convicts Child Predator

Edwardsville—A Madison County jury found a man guilty of all counts of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and solicitation of child pornography of a 13-year-old female victim. Michael A. Weis (d.o.b. 5/21/81) of Granite City, IL was convicted of two counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse, Class 2 felonies; three counts of Criminal Sexual Assault, Class…

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