Today's 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

  • Golden Circle Menus

    The Golden Circle Nutrition Program, located at 616 W. Jackson St., Vandalia provides meals in a comfortable setting to people 60 years and older and their spouses.
    There are no income guidelines or any type of restrictions besides the age limit. Meals are prepared by Deb’s Catering of Altamont and delivered fresh daily.
    The suggested donation is $3 for meals.

  • Sheriff's Arrest Log

    • Jeffrey A. Carnes, 51, Indialantic, Fla., was arrested on Feb. 19 on a charge of unlawful possession of registration. No bond information was listed.
    • Kevin D. Bell, 26, 422 S. Sixth St., Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 18 on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Bond was $3,000.
    • Adrian E. Mitchell, 28, 310 N. Elm St., St. Elmo, was arrested on Feb. 18 for failure to appear in court. Bond was $2,500.

  • 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