Illinois Opioid Helpline Busy Since Inception in December

A lot of people in Illinois are calling the state’s new opioid hotline for help.  The Illinois Department of Human services says five thousand people have called the opioid helpline for help since they first started taking calls back in December.  DHS’ Danielle Kirby said most of the people who’ve called are either addicts of family…Read more…

Search for New Southern Illinois President Could Take Year

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The search for a new president for Southern Illinois University could take a year following the resignation of its previous leader following a contentious dispute over shifting state funding between its campuses. The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports Board of Trustees members met in a private session for nearly three hours Tuesday…Read more…

Survey: Illinois’ Small Business Owners say State has Failed Them

Illinois’ small business owners say the state’s business climate is worse than any other in the nation. Online services company Thumbtack has released the results of its annual small business survey of thousands of member businesses. Thumbtack interviewed more than 7,500 small businesses across the country, including more than 200 in Illinois this summer. The feedback was not…Read more…

Bill to Boost Women-Owned and Minority-Owned Businesses Becomes Law

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Legislation, proposed by Illinois Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza, requiring Constitutional Officers to aspire to the same goals state agencies do of working with businesses owned by women, minorities and people with disabilities has become law. Senate Bill 3106 requires state constitutional officers to establish aspirational goals for contract awards in accordance with…Read more…

Illinois Law Allows Students to Take Unlimited Dual Credits

A new state law will allow Illinois high school students to take an unlimited number of dual-credit courses and earn both high school and college credits. Senator Chuck Weaver sponsored the legislation, saying it will make college more affordable and increase the number of students who earn college degrees.Read more…

Bomb Making Materials Found Inside Vehicle in Saline County

The Saline County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident Saturday evening, after discovering bomb making materials in a vehicle at the Harrisburg Medical Center. Patrick T. Ohern, 63, of Crown Point, Indiana had been involved in a minor accident on Friday, August 10th, on US Highway 45 North near Muddy. Ohern later was taken to…Read more…

Measure for Increased Rural Broadband Access

A new measure to foster increased rural broadband access is now law and the Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration said that’s good for Illinoisans young and old. AARP’s Ryan Gruenenfelder said broadband internet access plays a critical role in the lives of aging Illinoisans “delivering new technologies improve our quality of life and support services such…Read more…

VA town hall designed to solicit feedback from stakeholders

MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (AP) — A town hall meeting in southern Illinois has been scheduled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to discuss the agency’s health care system. Spokesman Kevin Harris says the Wednesday event in Mount Vernon is being held in light of the new leadership at Veteran Affairs. The U.S. Senate last…Read more…

Kentucky-Illinois bridge traffic to be restricted again

WICKLIFFE, Ky. (AP) — An Ohio River bridge between Kentucky and Illinois has resumed normal traffic flow this week but will have restrictions again starting next week. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says starting Monday, there will again be a lane and 10-foot load width restriction on the U.S. 51 Ohio River Cairo Bridge between Wickliffe,…Read more…

Famous Lincoln Portrait to Arrive at Edwards County Courthouse

A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph will be presented to the Edwards County Courthouse on Friday, August 17. The unveiling ceremony will take place at noon in the courthouse, 50 E. Main St., Albion. The event is open to the public. Illinois Appellate Justice David K. Overstreet will attend the ceremony. The…Read more…

RMTD Continues to See Ridership Grow, Increases Nearly Six Percent

HARRISBURG- Ridership on Rides Mass Transit District routes for the previous fiscal year increased nearly six percent. Almost 718,300 passengers utilized public transportation on RMTD’s routes in the fiscal year which ended June 30. “We understand that this growth comes with some challenges and opportunities in terms of transporting so many individuals over such a…Read more…

Eldorado Woman Pleads Guilty to Healthcare Fraud Charge

A 45 year old woman will face up to a decade in prison and a quarter of a million dollar fine following her guilty plea in federal court late last week.  Betsy J. Gutowski has admitted to scheming to steal from a federal health care program.  She remains jailed pending her sentencing scheduled for November…Read more…

Rear-Facing Car Seat Restraints Bill Signed

A change in Illinois law means kids under age two must now ride in rear-facing car seats. House Bill 4377 was signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner this month after unanimous approval from the House and Senate. Children taller than 40 inches or who weigh more than 40 pounds are exempt. The previous law required motorists…Read more…