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Man defrauds several southern Illinois banks

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A 75-year-old man has been sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison for defrauding seven southern Illinois banks out of more than $500,000.A federal judge ordered the sentence for Alfred Cross, who pleaded guilty to five counts of bank fraud. Cross is from Marion County ...Read more

Ottawa Police Warn of New Social Security Scam

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Police Department is warning people about another round of phone scams in the area. According to authorities, scammers are leaving messages claiming to be from the Social Security Administration. The caller says he works for the Social Security Administration and your ...Read more

Bureau County Approves Solar Project

PRINCETON – A solar farm was approved by the Bureau County Board Tuesday night. Despite the Zoning Board Administration’s recommended denial of the solar project, the board approved conditional use with stipulations included for Clean Energy Design Group. Conditions included implementing ...Read more

University of Illinois to open second solar farm

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Some professors at the University of Illinois have cautioned that 55 acres of land being set aside for the institution’s second solar farm should instead be preserved for agricultural work or research. The proposed site of the new solar project is a few miles south of ...Read more