The cost of everything is about to go up in Edwardsville, but only by a little.
The Edwardsville City Council Thursday night approved a 0.25 percent home-rule sales tax increase on a 5-2 vote. The currently 6.85 percent sales tax will go up to 7.1 percent, adding 25 cents to every $100 spent in the metro-east city.
The additional revenue will be used to build a new police and fire station with the goal of cutting emergency response times.
Proponents of the sales tax say it would be unfair to put the whole burden of paying for the new station on property owners.
Students in an Edwardsville School District will be in classrooms on two holidays in March.
Parents in District 7 voted to make up snow days on Casimir Pulaksi day, on March 3rd, and a Teacher Institute Day on March 21st.
The district considered canceling holidays or spring break, but parents voted for the two days in March.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the state will build or rehabilitate nearly 1,500 affordable housing units statewide.
The Chicago Democrat said in a statement yesterday the apartments will ensure working families, seniors and people with disabilities have quality, affordable housing.
The work will be financed through a federal housing tax credit and the Illinois Housing Development Authority's Preservation Now program.
Residents must earn at or below 60 percent of the area median income to qualify for the units. That's about $35,000 in the Chicago area.
In Edwardsville, an existing independent living development serving seniors and people with disabilities will be rehabilitated, and a new wing built, creating and preserving 70 affordable apartments.
In Aurora, the state plans to acquire and rehabilitate 40 vacant single-family homes. In Chicago, a 106-unit development for seniors will be built on the site of an abandoned building and unused tennis courts.
Units also are planned for the Bloomington-Normal area, Galesburg, Marion and Springfield.
Another former metro-east police chief is heading to prison. The former top cop in Edwardsville, 57 year old James Bedell, was sentenced Thursday to a year and a half in federal prison for stealing nearly $140,000 in city funds.
Bedell had pleaded guilty in April to taking money from a department lock box that contained vehicle impound fees between 2009 and 2012.
Bedell resigned nearly a year ago on the day agents raided his home and office. He had been with the department since 2007.
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - Southwestern Illinois officials say hackers may have accessed thousands of credit card n umbers used by people who bought tickets to Edwardsville's Wildey Theatre.
Investigators say as many as 6,000 credit cards were compromised.
Police Chief Jay Keeven says investigators still aren't sure of the full scope of the breach, but say there's no evidence that credit card numbers used to pay city utility bills, court fines or other fees were also accessed.
The historic theater that opened in 1909 is owned by the city.
Still, Keeven said investigators "strongly suggest" people who've conducted business with Edwardsville closely monitor their credit card statements.
Edwardsville Police are asking the public to help them catch a bank robbery.
Investigators say about 2:00 Monday afternoon, a man held up the Scott Credit Union branch in the 1000 block of North Bluff Road. The suspect gave a note to a teller, demanding money and implying he had a weapon.
The bank robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
He's described as a white man in his early to mid 20s.
Anyone able to identify this subject or who has information regarding the robbery should call Detective Sergeant Michael Lybarger of the Edwardsville Police Department at (618) 656.2131.