News: Belleville, IL, police and other cop forces in Edwardsville, IL, O'Fallon, IL, Collinsville, IL, East St. Louis, IL, in Southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, use force less often than US national average.
sports news: Several high school baseball players from southern Illinois near Belleville IL and St. Louis Mo were selected to the IBCA All-State team. They include Hayden Juenger from O'Fallon and Drake Westcott of Edwardsville IL.
Kitchen remodel causes Michelle Meehan Schrader, who lives in southern Illinois near St. Louis MO, to lose sleep as she has to make a lot of decisions regarding paint color, backsplash tile and flooring.
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