2018 election news: Photo surfaces of GOP Republican Senate 56th District candidate Hal Patton in blackface for a Halloween costume. Patton is the mayor of Edwardsville, IL in Southern Illinois, near St. Louis, MO, near Belleville, IL.
Sports news: Players for Belleville East High School Lancers, Columbia High School Eagles, Nashville High School Hornettes softball teams in Southern Illinois near Belleville, IL, and St. Louis, MO, have been named to ICA all-state team.
Belleville, IL, is trying to stop vacant properties from becoming derelict by imposing large fines on owners. The city in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, could fine itself the owner of a lot of real estate through the proposed ordinance. News opinion
U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, and U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, discuss the immigration bills being considered in Congress. They also discuss the policy of separating children from their parents at the nation's southern border.