Each year the salaries of public employees such as teachers, police and politicians in southwestern Illinois are collected into a searchable database at BND.com/publicpay. Here is how much in taxes it takes to pay government workers, and how their wages compare to the average worker.
Students at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville wrote messages of peace and brotherhood on a door in response to an incident of racial slurs left on a student's door earlier this week, and a Confederate flag painted on the rock in the center of the quad.
Vincent Torigian, a retired Belleville West High School teacher and social studies department chair, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. One of his daughters, Lori Torigian Rogers, and his former colleague at West, Danny Nollman, share stories from Vincent Torigian's career.