Permanent disability for child victim

Bail has been set at $100,000 for 34-year-old Kell woman accused of allegedly battering her less than 2-year-old baby. Summer R. Austin is facing a Class X felony for the alleged battery that likely has resulted in the permanent disability of her child. According to Marion County Sheriff Jerry DeVore, Austin and the child’s father

Illinois lawmakers face challenges

(AP) A study of integrity in government is coming out soon, and Illinois might score well. Illinois was no. 11 in the nation in the last BGA-Alper integrity index, compiled in 2008 by the Better Government Association and Alper Services, a business consultant. BGA President Andy Shaw says the index takes into account open government

Winter storm hits area

An anticipated snow storm moved into the area overnight, dropping snow and bringing high winds, which left roadways quite treacherous. Law enforcement agencies throughout the listening were busy all morning responding to weather related accidents, and advised that unless you have to be out on the roads it was best to avoid travel. An early