Local News

  • Path to Passage of Minimum Wage Law

    Path to Passage
    Capitol News
    A timeline of events leading to the Legislature’s passage this month of a law raising the minimum wage in Illinois to $15 an hour by 2025:

    July 2010 – Illinois’ minimum wage hits its current rate of $8.25 per hour, a rate that remains stagnant for nearly 10 years.

  • Vandalia attorney picked for judicial seat

    Chief Judge Kimberly G. Koester has announced that the Fourth Judicial Circuit Judges voted to select Jeffrey A. DeLong as an associate judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit, effective Feb. 8.
    DeLong will be filling the vacancy created by the election of then-Associate Judge Amanda Ade-Harlow to resident circuit judge of Shelby County, which was effective on Dec. 3.
    DeLong received his undergraduate degree in 1995 from Illinois State University in Normal and his juris doctorate in 2005 from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich.

  • Calendar

    Friday, February 22

    ✔ Evans Public Library in Vandalia will hold a Fantastic Friday. Children up to age 10 are invited to listen to stories and make Presidents' Day hats. Registration is required; to register, contact the library, 283-2824.
    ✔ There is bingo at the American Legion Home in Vandalia.
    ✔ A Nar-Anon meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Northside Christian Church, 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia.

    Saturday, February 23

  • Pritzker signs bill for minimum-wage hikes

    By Jerry Nowicki
    Capitol News Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – A bill to raise Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 by 2025 needs only Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signature to become law, and his office said he stands ready to act in the coming days.

  • Son succeeds father as VFD chief

    The chief of the Vandalia Fire Department has retired after 35 years on the department, and his successor is his son.

  • Guessing Game
  • Sales tax hike benefits spelled out

    Some local residents who are helping to educate the public on the request for a sales tax increase for county schools were themselves educated last week.
    About 25 people were present for that meeting, during which Dr. Jennifer Garrison, superintendent of the Vandalia School District, talked about the use of additional sales tax revenue and the benefit to residents to approve the tax hike.
    In April, county residents will decide whether to add 1 percent to the local sales tax in each of their communities, with the revenue to go to school districts in the county.

  • The Gift of a Lincoln Painting
  • Two men sentenced to 4 years in prison

    A Vandalia man whose recent search by authorities included the use of social media last week was sentenced to four years in prison.

  • Fatal wreck trial rescheduled

    A bench trial scheduled next week for a Missouri man charged with causing the death of a Canada man in an hit-and-run accident last June has been delayed.
    The trial for Ray L. Ryan, 60, was set for next Wednesday, but was rescheduled for March 21 during a pretrial hearing last week in Fayette County Circuit Court.