Some construction at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has come to a halt due to state budget woes, even though the funds were allocated years ago. This is a problem for SIUE because two 200-seat auditoriums are affected. A shortage of large lecture-hall space in other buildings on campus makes those auditoriums needed by thousands of students.
Fourteen years before an Illinois State Police trooper said Gregory K. Nelson took a shot at him, Nelson faced charges for pulling a gun on a Madison County deputy. Nelson, of East St. Louis, saw that charge dropped, but wound up going to prison for filing the serial number off of the gun he used in the crime.
Police body cameras, a hotly debated subject in the aftermath of the Ferguson unrest, have some local law enforcement officers weary. It’s not that they don’t like the technology; they don’t like all the red tape that may come with them under proposed legislation sitting on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk.
Between missions during World War II, buddies Dale VanBlair and Albert “Shorty” Spadafora picked out a bracelet for Shorty’s fiancée at a jewelry store in England. When Shorty was killed during a B-24 bombing mission, Van Blair was left with a duty that has stayed with him for 71 years.