Belleville occupancy permits allow city to illegally search homes, critic alleges

Rick Brown, a longtime critic of housing policies in Belleville, has raised new concerns about the legality of the city’s occupancy permit rules and City Attorney Garrett Hoerner said the complaints will be discussed by the Ordinance and Legal Review Committee. Brown believes the ordinance “forces people to consent to illegal searches of their homes” and allows the city to make a family pay for a new city inspection if they have a baby or adopt a child. But city officials said families are not being required to pay for a new inspection and a new occupancy permit when they have a baby.

O’Fallon, Springfield stalled by Mother Nature in Metro Cup

Lightning postponed the championship game of the Metro Cup Tournament’s Nike Bracket on Saturday. O’Fallon and Springfield, instead, have rescheduled the game for Oct. 4 at a time and place to be determined. Marion captured third place in the tournament with a win over Althoff, while Gibault won the fifth-place game against Belleville West. Civic Memorial won the Adidas Bracket with a victory over Mascoutah.

One vote invalidates 563,974 in Illinois

Just one vote can make a difference, and we saw that political truism in action Thursday when the vote of one Illinois Supreme Court justice maintained the state’s corrupt balance of power and told 563,974 Illinois voters not only that their opinions did not matter but that they wouldn’t even get the opportunity to be heard.

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Althoff soccer player helped off the field after ankle injury

Althoff soccer junior Dillon Birdsong is helped off the field Saturday after suffering an ankle injury in the Crusaders' 6-2 loss to Marion in the third-place game of the Metro Cup Tournament's Nike Bracket at Belleville West.
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Althoff soccer player helped off the field after ankle injury 0:46

Althoff soccer player helped off the field after ankle injury

Salute to the Arts - 28th Anniversary 1:46

Salute to the Arts - 28th Anniversary

New metro-east medical marijuana dispensary holds open house 2:49

New metro-east medical marijuana dispensary holds open house

Batavia's Ben Weerts leads Bulldogs past Belleville West in opener 1:34

Batavia's Ben Weerts leads Bulldogs past Belleville West in opener