Area News

Troy Member Of The Gangster Disciples Indicted On Federal Racketeering Charges

The United States Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Steven D. Weinhoeft, announced today that seven alleged members of the violent Gangster Disciples gang, including top national and state leaders, have been charged in a federal indictment accusing them of a years-long interstate RICO conspiracy involving multiple murders,…

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Meier Calls on Governor to Abandon Tax Hike on Small Businesses

State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) joined his House Republican colleagues in opposition to Governor Pritzker’s proposal to impose higher taxes onto Illinois businesses struggling to remain open during the pandemic. “The executive orders and restrictions imposed during the pandemic have been detrimental to our small businesses,” said Rep. Meier. “Now the governor wants to tax them more? It…

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Highland Woman Sentenced For Faking Diseases

Sarah A. Delashmit, 36, of Highland, Illinois, was sentenced this week to 18 months in federal prison and 3 years of court supervision after her release. Last October, Delashmit pleaded guilty to multiple fraud charges after spending years defrauding nonprofit organizations by falsely posing as person with muscular dystrophy and a breast cancer survivor to…

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Region 4 Moves To Tier 2 Effective January 22

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced Region 4 (Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, Washington) is moving to Tier 2 effective today.  All 11 regions have now moved out of Tier 3 mitigations.  If metrics continue to improve or are stable, regions 10 and 11 are on track to advance to Tier 1 on Saturday, January 23,…

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Village Postpones Vote On Senior Housing

By Charlie Feldman [email protected] The Glen Carbon village board took action on several construction-related items but postponed action on the largest during its Tuesday, January 12 meeting. It met on Zoom due to concerns related to COVID-19. A vote on the Plan Development Procedure for the proposed senior community housing unit, Keystone Place at Magnolia…

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Students Remain The Focus At Highland Middle School

By Mark Jurgena When veteran Highland Middle School teacher Chris Hartlieb began teaching 30 years ago, he never thought he would be a first-year teacher, twice. “It’s the closest thing to being a first-year teacher I can imagine, except double that,” Hartlieb began. “Because you’re not only trying to figure out how to do the…

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