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Mt. Vernon Officials Break Ground for New Police Dept.

Mt. Vernon Officials Break Ground for New Police Dept.

MT. VERNON – Mt. Vernon City leaders braved threatening skies Friday morning to turn dirt at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Mt. Vernon Police Department (MVPD).

Mayor John Lewis confirmed the project being built by Holland Construction Services will be completed by this time next year.

Lewis noted problems the current facility has had with efficiency and security explaining that the MVPD moved into its current building in 1979.

Councilman Ray Botch was a part of city government in 1970 when the MVPD was in the utility department building. He told the crowd gathered Friday that in 1977 the city spent $300,000 to buy and retrofit the, at that time, already 40 year old building, in which the police department is still currently residing.

The project will be funded out of the city’s budget and there are some bond proceeds from the city’s last bond issuance that can be used for construction.

Williamson County Sheriff’s Office to Host Drug Take Back Day in Marion

Williamson County Sheriff’s Office to Host Drug Take Back Day in Marion

MARION – The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for Saturday’s DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williamson County Administrative Building in Marion. The service is free and anonymous. The public can drop off potentially dangerous prescription…Continue Reading

Area Broadband Companies Receiving Funding for Expansion

Area Broadband Companies Receiving Funding for Expansion

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Office of Broadband Wednesday announced $47 million in funding for 22 projects in every region of the state through the second round of Connect Illinois, the state’s broadband expansion plan. Round Two funding includes $23 million in Connect Illinois grant awards matched by $24…Continue Reading

New Legislation Establishes New Midwives Licensing Process

New Legislation Establishes New Midwives Licensing Process

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IOCI RADIO) – Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed into law legislation that will allow midwives to go through a new licensing process to provide care before, during and after the delivery of babies. The governor said he hopes the bill he signed into law last week will prevent pregnancy-related deaths. Under the law,…Continue Reading

Local Fire/EMS Receive Equipment Funds from State Fire Marshal

Local Fire/EMS Receive Equipment Funds from State Fire Marshal

The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) on Thursday announced the recipients of the 2021 Small Equipment Grant Program. A total of $3.3 million was awarded to 149 fire departments/districts and EMS providers across the state. The OSFM received 448 applications, requesting around $10.5 million in funding for this grant period. Local communities who received…Continue Reading

Several Local Communities to Receive Housing Rehab Grants

Several Local Communities to Receive Housing Rehab Grants

SPRINGFIELD – Seven southern Illinois communities are among 13 across the state receiving a 2020 Community Development Block Grant for Housing Rehabilitation from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Official said Carterville, Sesser, West Frankfort and Orient will receive $500,000 with Herrin, Marion and Valier to receive $542,000. Through the program, DCEO…Continue Reading

SIC MIG Team Caps Off Record-Breaking Season With 12th State Championship

SIC MIG Team Caps Off Record-Breaking Season With 12th State Championship

HARRISBURG – Southeastern Illinois College’s (SIC) Model Illinois Government (MIG) team was named Outstanding Large Delegation at a recent legislative competition – the highest honor bestowed on a delegation of 10 or higher. MIG is a legislative simulation and moot court with students filling roles as legislator, lobbyist, journalist, attorney, judge and party positions of…Continue Reading

Closings

The following is a list of closings, cancellations, and delays for Friday, February 19 2021 Last updated: Thursday, February 18 2021 at 8:50PM CT Schools: Akin Grade School – Closed Anna-Jonesboro High School – Closed [Remote Learning Day] Benton CCSD 47 – Closed Benton Cons. High School – Closed [Remote Learning Day] Bethel Grade School…Continue Reading

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