State gambling revenues plummet during pandemic

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Revenues flowing into state coffers from legalized gambling operations plummeted during the fiscal year that ended June 30 as casinos, racetracks and other video gambling venues were forced to close during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people also slowed down on buying lottery tickets, according to a…

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Statehouse statues of Stephen Douglas, Pierre Menard to be removed from exterior

Office of the Architect board plans future discussion on statues, artwork inside Capitol By REBECCA ANZEL Capitol News Illinois ranzel@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — Statues of two slave-owning men with historical ties to Illinois will be moved from the Statehouse grounds in Springfield to a secure storage site, a panel of four officials voted Wednesday morning, August…

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Fred Tucker

Charles Frederick Tucker, 89, of Belleville, IL, died Thursday, August 13, 2020, at his residence. Memorials may be made to the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight, an organization near and dear to Fred’s heart, or to Zion Lutheran Church, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com. Visitation:  Friends may visit…

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Charles Green

On August 12, 2020, the world lost a real hero. Charles Edward Green, 53, of Freeburg, IL, died in a traffic accident, saving the lives of a full car and the passenger of his. Memorials may be made to the family in person at the funeral home, sent to their address, or expressed online at…

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Link charged with felony tax evasion

State senator accused of filing false 2016 return By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Terry Link was charged in federal court Thursday with a felony count of tax evasion. In a one-page document, federal prosecutors allege that Link filed a return for tax year 2016 in which he reported income…

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Lawsuit seeks $450 million payment to ratepayers from ComEd, Madigan

Case alleges violation of RICO, which feds used to dismantle organized crime groups By REBECCA ANZEL Capitol News Illinois ranzel@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — A group of Commonwealth Edison ratepayers asked a federal judge Monday, August 10, to force the utility company, House Speaker Michael Madigan, and others to pay “at least” $450 million to be split…

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Gerald Seiler

Gerald “Jerry” W. Seiler Sr., 78, of Smithton, Ill., passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020, in Sevierville, Tenn., after a long courageous battle with cancer.   VISITATION: A visitation for Jerry will be held on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 1:00 P.M.- 3:00 P.M.  at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, IL. SERVICE: A…

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State officials offer measured approval of Chicago federal agent surge

Barr says local ‘Operation Legend’ efforts will be different than those in Portland By Raymon Troncoso Capitol News Illinois rtroncoso@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD — State leaders on Wednesday, July 22, gave tentative support to a Trump administration plan to send more than 200 federal agents to Chicago, although officials said they would also be on guard for…

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Cecil Melvin Foertsch

Cecil Melvin Foertsch, 85, of Marissa, IL was born on August 17, 1934 in Tilden, IL and went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 14, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Memorials may be made to the Marissa Fire Department or Marissa First Responders. Condolences to the family may…

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Larry H. Muskopf

Larry H. Muskopf, 71 years of Smithton, IL, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at his sister’s house in Smithton, IL. He was born November 17, 1948, in Belleville, IL. Graveside Services will be on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in Paderborn,…

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