Teacher minimum wage is another state demand without cash

Illinois lawmakers recently passed a minimum wage for teachers. They failed to provide cash for the schools to pay the increase. The wage hike will hurt small, rural districts, and likely push up all teacher salaries unless Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoes it. News opinion

Belleville firefighters rescue man who fell asleep while cooking

Belleville firefighters broke into an apartment to rescue a resident from heavy smoke after he fell asleep while cooking. It was the second such incident this week, according to Fire Chief Tom Pour.