ATF filled secret bank account with millions from shadowy cigarette sales, records show

The operation, not authorized under Justice Department rules, gave agents an off-the-books way to finance undercover investigations and pay informants without the usual cumbersome paperwork and close oversight, according to court records and people close to the operation. The secret account is at the heart of a federal racketeering lawsuit brought by a collective of tobacco farmers who say they were swindled out of $24 million.

It takes some incredible tape to secure a government filing cabinet

Madison County, IL, Democrats, are now becoming more security conscious after several break-ins at their offices. They are implying the new Republicans in leadership might be to blame, but regardless the break-ins point to security flaws at the county government buildings in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.

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Ground is broken on Collinsville's new water treatment plant

The city of Collinsville, IL broke ground on its new water treatment plant Wednesday morning. Collinsville Mayor John Miller spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony.
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Ground is broken on Collinsville's new water treatment plant 1:06

Ground is broken on Collinsville's new water treatment plant

Amazon surprises children at SIUE's East St. Louis Center 0:53

Amazon surprises children at SIUE's East St. Louis Center

Senior leads Collinsville basketball to win at Belleville East 1:33

Senior leads Collinsville basketball to win at Belleville East

Edwardsville basketball coach talks win over O'Fallon 2:19

Edwardsville basketball coach talks win over O'Fallon