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BND seeks questions for Belleville mayoral debate

Belleville, IL Mayor Mark Eckert and City Clerk Dallas Cook are running to be Belleville mayor in the April 4, 2017, election and are scheduled to face off in a Tuesday, March 28, debate sponsored by the Belleville News-Democrat and Lindenwood University-Belleville near St. Louis, MO in Southern Illinois. The BND is asking readers to send in questions for the debate moderator to consider.


Mother sentenced to 25 years for murder of infant son

A St. Louis, MO, woman will serve 25 years in prison for killing her infant son four years ago while staying with a friend in Alton IL. Wallisha Bland, 23, pleaded guilty in December to first-degree murder only days before she was to go to trial for the death of Jace Gillespie, who was then not quite two months old.

College Sports

Malcolm Hill’s college career comes to an end

Former Belleville East High School Lancers boys basketball player and current University of Illinois Fighting Illini men’s basketball player Malcolm Hill saw his college career end in the NIT when the Illini lost to the University of Central Florida Knights in an NIT quarterfinal game played in Orlando, FL.