Measure to Abolish Charter School Commission Advances with Promise for Amendment

A state representative sponsoring a bill to abolish the statewide commission that approves proposed charter schools said that he’ll work with members of the charter school community to find common ground on the proposal after it advanced out of committee. Charter schools are public schools, but offer different curriculum and have different rules. While there’s…Read more…

Report: Illinois One of Only Two States to Shrink since Recession

Illinois is one of only two states that lost population over the past decade. In the years since the Great Recession, West Virginia’s population has dropped by 34,500. The decline was largely attributed to that state’s struggling economy. Pew Charitable Trusts has released a report that showed Illinois had seen slow growth until five years ago when the…Read more…

Illinois Film Industry Shows Strong Growth in 2018

Streaming Services, Cable and Independent Film Projects Lead Expansion of Illinois Film Industry Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Film Office at the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity today announced that 2018 saw continued strong increases in film industry spending, wages and job hires in Illinois, with total estimated spending and wages up 12…Read more…

Lincoln Library to Honor JFK

Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum honors the life of John F. Kennedy through photographs   SPRINGFIELD – An exhibition of photographs tracing John F. Kennedy’s private life and public trajectory opens at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Feb. 15. Some are iconic images of Camelot, while many have rarely been seen before.…Read more…

Evansville Police Dispute Meth Numbers

Evansville Police Dispute Meth Numbers An article circulating on social media claims Indiana is the meth capitol of not only the U.S. but the world. However, local officials are warning the story is actually from four years ago. After looking into the article EPD says those statistics were from meth lab seizure information in 2013.…Read more…

Owensville, Ind. Man Arrested on Child Exploitation Charges

Owensville Man Arrested on Child Exploitation Charges   A 28 year old Owensville, Ind. man, Coty N. Silvers was arrested over the weekend by the Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit for Child Exploitation and Possession of Child Pornography. A search warrant was issued in April after Indiana State Police received a tip…Read more…

New Harmony’s Kunstfest This Weekend

New Harmony’s Kunstfest This Weekend The 36th annual German Festival and Craft Fair, commonly known as Kunstfest is set for this Saturday and Sunday in downtown New Harmony. The streets will be filled as hundreds of vendors offer a wide variety of items for sale. There are a number of vendors from Carmi and White…Read more…

Red Cross Seeking Aid for Hurricane Victims

Red Cross Seeking Aid for Hurricane Victims The American Red Cross has been one of the first agencies on site following disaster after disaster and this week’s massive Hurricane Florence is no exception. Already, Red Cross personnel, including some Tri-State residents are on their way to the Carolina’s, if not already there. The Red Cross…Read more…

Mitchell Joins the WROY/WRUL Team as News Director

Fans of in depth, local news with newsmakers in their own voice will be happy to know that WROY and WRUL News will continue it’s legacy of coverage with the addition of Mr. Ray Mitchell as News Director.  Mitchell has a rich experience including stints in radio, print and digital over the last two decades.…Read more…

State Police Announce Seatbelt Patrol Results

ISP Announces Results of Enforcement Patrol Illinois State Police District 19 Commander Captain Cory Ristvedt, announced the results of an Occupant Restraint Enforcement Patrol (OREP) held in White and Hamilton Counties during August. The patrol provided extra coverage for state police, so officers could focus on saving lives by making sure all vehicle occupants were…Read more…

Litchfield Man Dies After Interstate Crash

LITCHFIELD MAN DIES AFTER INTERSTATE CRASH Illinois State Police responded to a fatal traffic crash in Wayne County along Interstate 64 last (wed) night. State police reported 37 year old Benjamin D. Hollo, of Litchfield, Illinois, was westbound at Mile Marker 109, when for some unknown reason he left the south side of the roadway.…Read more…

Secretary of State Announces Grants to Local Libraries

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced the release of over $500,000 in 2019 Project Next Generation grants to 31 public libraries statewide. Project Next Generation is a mentoring program administered through public libraries. Project mentors work with middle and high school students as the participants develop skills to use various technologies, achieve…Read more…

Republicans Demand Pritzer’s Tax Details

Illinois Republicans are demanding that Democratic candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker provide details about his progressive income tax plan before early voting starts for the November election. Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti held a news conference in Peoria on Wednesday to call on Pritzker to release details about his plan to change the state’s flat income…Read more…

New Illinois Law Says No More Mugshots of Low Level Offenders

Illinois’ law on companies making money off people by using their arrest mugshots online has been given a few more teeth. Under the guise of public background checks, some for-profit websites will collect local mugshots and post them with information about the accompanying address. Starting in 2019, the publishers of the mugshots face a $100…Read more…