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  • Garage Fire
  • Wall dispute ended

    A dispute over the rehabilitation of an exterior wall on a downtown building was resolved on Monday night with an agreement between the city and Dennis Grubaugh.

  • Wage law adds to county spending

    While the state’s new minimum wage law will not have an impact on Fayette County’s budget next year, it will likely add about $120,000 to the four budgets after that.
    During a meeting of the Fayette County Board’s finance committee on Tuesday night, Dustin Harmon of Bellwether, the county’s administrative consultant, explained the impact to the 13 board members present.
    Under that law, the minimum wage in Illinois increases from $8.25 per hour to $9.25 on Jan. 1 of next year, then by $1 per hour until reaching $15 per hour in 2025.

  • Pritzker wants graduated tax structure

    By Peter Hancock, Jerry Nowicki and Rebecca Anzel
    Capitol News Illinois
    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker made clear Wednesday that he believes solving the state’s long-term financial problems will require a new, graduated income tax structure that imposes higher taxes on upper-income Illinoisans.
    But that would require a constitutional amendment, a lengthy process which, even if approved, would not make any new money available to the state until the 2021-2022 budget year.

  • Murder trial delayed

    The jury trial for a Mulberry Grove man charged with murder has been out on hold to allow for a psychiatric evaluation of that defendant.

  • A Cut Above

    Joshua Nicolaides of Vandalia got the idea of making his own knives after one that he bought from a retail store broke.

  • 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.