Area News

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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Strings Attached: Congress Files Legislation Outlining Taxpayer Protections For COVID-19 Federal Aid To States

CHICAGO (Sept. 24, 2020) – Five months after Illinois Senate President Don Harmon asked Congress for a more than $40 billion COVID-19 bailout, with $10 billion, or nearly a quarter of the total requested intended for the state’s infamously underfunded pensions, new legislation filed in the U.S. House today would protect taxpayers from this kind…

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Area Undercover Advocates Expose Child Predators

By Stephanie Malench [email protected] In 2018, Alton resident Kyle Swanson stumbled upon videos on YouTube of children and other vulnerable populations (such as illegal immigrants) being trafficked for sex. Swanson said he “calls himself an asshole” for not believing this was a problem in the Metro East. Swanson then decided to put his whole life…

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Adomite To Step Down When Term Ends In May

By Charlie Feldman [email protected] Troy Mayor Allen Adomite will not serve a third term. He made the announcement at the Troy City Council meeting on Monday, September 21. “It has been sixteen and a half years ago that I took a spot on the Planning Commission and also Ward 3 had me as their alderman…

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Underserved Unit 10 Community Eligible for $25,000 Grant From State Farm

The Latino Roundtable of Southwestern Illinois, a 501c3, is excited to be a finalist for a $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant to connect Fairmont City for internet access availability.   Though sitting just 20 minutes east of St. Louis, the Village of Fairmont City has limited internet access.  The only free WiFi in the…

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