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Pending Appeal, Williamson County State’s Attorney to Remain on Election Ballot

Pending Appeal, Williamson County State’s Attorney to Remain on Election Ballot

WILLIAMSON COUNTY – Williamson County State’s Attorney Candidate, Marcy Cascio-Hale, will stay on the ballot pending appeal that has now been filed in Williamson County Circuit Court.

Jeff Diederich, chairman of the Republican party in Williamson County, Amy Eckert, President of the Williamson County Republican Womens organization and Alexia Denly, former member of the Williamson County Republican Central Committee, filed an objection over the forms Cascio-Hale filed. The election board found in favor of count one of the objectors’ petition and against in count two of the petition.

“In an effort to clarify previous erroneous news stories, I am issuing this statement: I am on the ballot. And I will continue to fight to stay on the ballot,” Cascio-Hale said in a press release. “I’ll fight through the circuit court and the appellate court, if necessary. Giving the people of Williamson County a choice is paramount.”

At Friday’s election board meeting when the decision was published, Cascio-Hale and her attorney attended. Counsel for Cascio-Hale confirmed with all three of the election board that Cascio-Hale’s name would remain on the ballot pending outcome of the appeal. That appeal was filed on Monday, September 19, 2022.

“This issue is one of statutory construction,” Cascio-Hale said. “My attorney is very confident and I am a fighter. I am on the ballot. I will be on the ballot. I am here to give the voters a choice.”

“This issue isn’t about Democrat or Republican, it’s about doing the right thing, and giving the voters a choice in this election,” Brandi Bradley, Chair of the Williamson County Democratic Central Committee said. “I’m proud of our candidate. Marcy has integrity and is a fighter, and that’s what the people need in a State’s Attorney. That is why the voters should get to have a voice in this election.”

Emil Jones III, Facing Federal Bribery Charges, Not Leaving Office

Emil Jones III, Facing Federal Bribery Charges, Not Leaving Office

CHICAGO (WRXX) – State Senator Emil Jones III isn’t leaving office despite facing federal bribery charges. The Chicago Democrat resigned from his committee and party leadership positions Wednesday, a day after federal prosecutors accused him of taking money from a red-light camera company executive to kill legislation requiring traffic studies for automated camera systems. Jones has…Continue Reading

Federal Funding of About $40M to Build High-Speed Internet Networks in Rural Missouri, Illinois

Federal Funding of About $40M to Build High-Speed Internet Networks in Rural Missouri, Illinois

(WRXX) – Nearly $40 million in federal money will flow to rural counties in Missouri and Illinois to build high-speed internet networks, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday. Most of the funding comes in the form of low-interest loans from the Department of Agriculture; some is part of a grant from the ReConnect program, established…Continue Reading

Over Two Dozen Charged in Illinois for Pandemic Relief Fraud

Over Two Dozen Charged in Illinois for Pandemic Relief Fraud

JOLIET (AP) – More than two dozen people have been charged in Illinois with fraudulently obtaining pandemic relief money, with authorities alleging some of them were behind bars when they used their relief money to post bond and free themselves from jail. Joliet Police Chief William Evans said 25 people have been charged in the…Continue Reading

Bond Set at $100K for Mt. Vernon Man Charged for Possession of Child Pornography

Bond Set at $100K for Mt. Vernon Man Charged for Possession of Child Pornography

MT. VERNON (WRXX) – Bond has been set at $100,000 in Jefferson County Court for a 23-year-old Mt. Vernon man on suspicion of possessing child pornography. Owen R. Capogreco, 23 years old, was arrested Wednesday on a Jefferson County warrant charging him with five counts of Possession of Child Pornography, victim under 13, in relation to the…Continue Reading

State Sen. Folwer, Black Diamond Harley-Davidson to Support Arise Veterans Foundation With Motorcycle Rally

State Sen. Folwer, Black Diamond Harley-Davidson to Support Arise Veterans Foundation With Motorcycle Rally

MARION – State Sen. Dale Fowler and Black Diamond Harley-Davidson announced Thursday they’re partnering to support the Arise Veterans Foundation as they host a motorcycle rally to honor veterans and support the Combat Veteran Motorcycle Association. “This event is one you won’t want to miss,” Fowler said in a release. “I am excited to team up…Continue Reading

Opdyke Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault of Minor

Opdyke Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault of Minor

MT. VERNON – A 69-year-old Opdyke man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Jefferson County Court with sexually assaulting a minor. James Martin Sr. was arrested in April on a Jefferson County warrant charging him with three counts Class X felony predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under age 13. Jefferson County State’s Attorney Sean Featherstun said Martin…Continue Reading

Winners of Over $1.3B Mega Millions Jackpot Claim Prize

Winners of Over $1.3B Mega Millions Jackpot Claim Prize

CHICAGO (AP) – Lottery officials said Wednesday two people who wish to remain anonymous have claimed a $1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot after a single ticket was sold in a Chicago suburb for a late July drawing, opting to take a lump sum payment of $780.5 million. The Illinois Lottery said Wednesday the prize for…Continue Reading

Chicago State Sen. Indicted for Federal Bribery Resigns From Leadership Positions

Chicago State Sen. Indicted for Federal Bribery Resigns From Leadership Positions

(WRXX) – A Chicago state senator who was indicted Tuesday on federal bribery charges and for allegedly lying to the FBI has resigned from committee chair and leadership positions within the General Assembly. Prosecutors said Tuesday that Sen. Emil Jones III, told an individual with an interest in the red light camera system operator SafeSpeed that he would protect…Continue Reading

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