Congregants fatally shot the Texas church gunman who killed 2 people, police say

A man pulled out a shotgun at a Texas church service and killed two people Sunday before he was fatally shot by congregants who quickly returned fire, police said

Here’s a link to the story at the Chicago Tribune.

Benton police make arrests

On November 17, 2019 at approximately 2:35 a.m., Benton Police responded to a traffic crash at the intersection of East Main and McLeansboro Street.
Upon investigating, police arrested Caleb M. Hart, age 29, of Benton for driving under the influence.
Hart was charged and transported to the Franklin County jail for further processing.

On November 17, 2019 at approximately 7:15 p.m., Benton Police were dispatched to the 1200 block of North Main Street in reference to a suspicious vehicle.
Upon investigating, police arrested Steven H. Klingel, age 55, of Valier for unlawful possession of methamphetamine.
Klingel was charged and transported to the Franklin County Jail for further processing.

New bill would cut off lawmaker pay the day they leave office in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — A measure preventing lawmakers from receiving pay for days they did not hold office has remained in legislative limbo since its introduction in January. Its sponsor said the “simple, common sense” fix is necessary to address the General Assembly’s “culture.”

Here’s the link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

Illinois pension consolidation bill passes despite objections over unknown Tier II enhancement costs

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to sign a measure to consolidate the state’s 649 suburban and downstate police and fire pension funds into two funds to maximize investment returns after the legislation passed the Senate on the final day of the fall veto session.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Pundits argue about whether higher taxes will push more people out of Illinois

Two ideological heavyweights sparred Wednesday in Chicago not only about Illinois’ proposed progressive income tax change, but about whether high taxes cause people to leave.

Here’s the link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to changes Illinois’ negative narrative

Illinois’ fiscal stability was recently ranked by U.S. News and World as the worst of all states in the nation, but Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to change the narrative about the state.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Man arrested in connection to armed carjacking in West Frankfort

A Benton man was arrested Friday after he allegedly fled police in a stolen car.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

Labor officials urge farmers to slow down amid harvest rush

The narrow window for farmers to get their crops out of the fields is open in Illinois and state officials are reminding operators to slow down or risk injuries.

Here’s a link to the story at Illinois News Network.

Benton Terminix to hold car wash to help local food pantry

By Jim Muir

A local Benton business is taking an innovative approach to a national plan handed down by its parent company.

Eric Haney, branch manager for Terminix, located on Industrial Park Road on Benton’s northeast side, said he recently received word from his superiors that Tuesday October 1, 2019 had been designated as a ‘clean up-spruce up’ day for all Terminix outlets nationwide. Haney said managers were told that the day was designated to make sure all properties and vehicles are in top-notch shape.

That’s when the wheels started turning for Haney and he came up with a unique approach for the special day.

“We pride ourselves daily in keeping our facility and our vehicles looking good,” Haney said. “So we decided it would be a great opportunity for us to give back to the community that supports us.”

Haney said an afternoon of activities are planned that includes Terminix employees hosting a donation-based car wash where all proceeds will go to the Benton Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry. This past summer the Food Pantry served more than 5,000 meals to area children, many who are vulnerable during the summer months because they depend on free lunches when school is in session.

“This is a great team-building exercise for my team,” said Haney. “And it’s also a wonderful opportunity for us to help our community and give back and show that we have a genuine interest in what happens here. We would encourage local residents to bring their vehicle to Terminix and let us take it from there. They can help a great cause and drive away in a clean, shiny car.”

Haney said Uncle Joe’s Barbeque will also be providing a meal for employees from 12 noon to 1 p.m. and said the first 20 people in line to get a car wash will also get a free lunch.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to help the community with this project,” said Haney. “We are hoping for a great response.”

Man indicted on murder in Illinois state trooper’s death

A 45-year-old man has been indicted on first-degree murder in the death of an Illinois state trooper.

Here’s a link to the story at the Southern Illinoisan.

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