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A federal grand jury for the Southern District of Illinois has returned on indictment charging Brittany Freeman, 27, of Johnston City, Illinois (Williamson County), with four counts of theft of mail by a postal service employee. Freeman worked as a mail carrier for the Goreville post office.... Read More.


MATTOON, IL — First Mid Bank & Trust was recently awarded $20,000 in grant funding from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago COVID-19 Relief Grant Program to assist small businesses and nonprofits affected by the pandemic. Today, the bank has announced that the awarded grant funds... Read More.

IDOT: Mowing Operations Taking Place Throughout State

Motorists urged to stay alert and slow down when encountering crews SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation is reminding the public that seasonal mowing operations have resumed throughout the state. Motorists should be prepared to slow down, put down the devices, avoid all... Read More.

Group Launches Against Progressive Tax

A statewide coalition of business groups is launching its push against the governor’s proposed progressive income tax. The proposed amendment to change the state’s flat income tax to a progressive structure with higher rates on higher earners is on the November ballot for voters... Read More.

IDOR: Income Tax Filing & Payment Deadline Are Days Away

Today, the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) reminds taxpayers the state individual income tax filing and payment deadline is July 15, just days away. This year’s deadline was extended three months by Governor JB Pritzker in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both state and... Read More.

IDOT Ready for Pavement Blowouts During Heat Wave

Motorists should remain alert, anticipate slowdowns and temporary work zones SPRINGFIELD – With extreme heat dominating the forecast, the Illinois Department of Transportation cautioned motorists to be on the lookout for pavement buckling on roads throughout the state. Pavement failures or blowouts occur when prolonged high temperatures... Read More.