The fire that tore through an apartment building at the Lexington on the Park apartments injured the occupant and forced firefighters to evacuate the entire building. The Red Cross is assisting everyone who was displaced.
Saul Aguila, 40, of Thebes, was naturalized as a U.S. citizen Thursday morning during a ceremony in Collinsville. He was born in Mexico but moved to America with his family when he was 5. He settled in southern Illinois in the late 1980s and says America is the only culture he’s ever known.
Rick Watson, the St.Clair County sheriff, announced Thursday morning he won’t seek the Democratic nomination to run for the 12th U.S. House seat, even as a national Democractic party official was critical of another candidate in the race.
Military personnel who are stationed in Illinois but are not Illinois residents could get permits to carry concealed firearms in the state under new legislation filed by state Rep. Charlie Meier. The legislation is a response to the recent shootings of military recruiters in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Taxi driver Casey McPeak pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he endangered the life of a teenager he drove from Mount Vernon to Waterloo in June. The 13-year-old girl ran away after he dropped her off at a summer camp.