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Early Voting Kicks Off Today in Illinois

For the first time, you won’t have to show photo identification to vote early, and early voting hours will also be extended in most counties.


Effingham County prosecutors charged Justin D. DeRyke, 22, with three counts of first-degree murder.

Trial Pushed Back For Man Accused Of Killing Niece

A 22-year-old Effingham County man accused of fatally stabbing his 7-year-old niece won’t go on trial until next year.



Damage Reported from Small Quake in Southern Illinois

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 2.7-magnitude temblor was shortly before 1 a.m. Monday east and northeast of Benton.


File photo of money.

Woman Steals Millions from Ronald Reagan’s Hometown

A northern Illinois woman accused of misappropriating more than $53 million from a city where she served as comptroller now faces 60 counts of felony theft.


Withered corn during a drought

Sunday’s Rain Fails To Put A Dent In 2012 Drought

9-15 inches behind normal rainfall totals as July comes to a scorching end.


Matt Melucci died at age 69 from cancer.

Longtime Madison County Circuit Clerk Dies

Matt Melucci was 69 when he died Thursday night of cancer at his Collinsville home.


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