A large investment in a Granite City plant should create a few dozen jobs.
Illinois and Kraft announce a $40 million investment in the plant there. The facility makes powdered beverages and the money will be used to buy four new pouch fillers. Kraft will need to hire 30 more people to handle the additional work.
The equipment should be up and running by 2014.
Police are calling the death of a four year old metro-east boy a tragic accident.
Major Jeff Conner with the Granite City Police says Charles Collins was stuck and killed about 5:30 Saturday evening in the first block of Steele Drive. Major Conner says the boy had apparently run into the street and was stuck by a family member's car.
He was pronounced dead after being transported to Gateway Regional Medical Center.
An autopsy will be performed today, but police don't expect to file any charges in the case.
A metro-east woman is in critical condition after being struck by a train near Granite City Tuesday night. Police say it happened about 9 p.m. at Lenox and Chouteau in Mitchell, Illinois.
A couple had reportedly been riding an all-terrain vehicle when it got stuck on railroad tracks. The man was able to jump out of the way of the on-coming train, but the women couldn't.
The woman was struck and later airlifted to a hospital. The man wasn't hurt.
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in southwestern Illinois' Granite City say they've arrested a suspect in the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy.
Granite City Police Maj. Jeff Connor says he believes Clayton Veninga's death Wednesday night was not accidental, though he didn't elaborate on the possible motive or what led police to the suspect.
Connor said he expected to seek charges Friday against the suspect, who Connor said was an acquaintance of the victim and is old enough to be prosecuted as an adult.
Connor has said the boy was sitting on a friend's porch when he was shot. He died later at a hospital.
Granite City police say they have made an arrest in the murder of a 13 year old boy.
Clayton Veninga had been sitting on a Cleveland Boulevard porch around 9:30 pm Wednesday night when he was shot.
Police say this suspect is an adult male who was an acquaintance of Veninga's. No word as to what led to the shooting, but police say this was not an accidental or random act.
Assistant Police Chief Jeff Connor says the public has been instrumental in helping solve the crime.
Charges are expected later this morning.
Earlier Thursday evening, a large group of family and friends came together for a vigil in Veninga’s honor. They stood in the rain, some clutching umbrellas, others just getting wet, as they burned candles and shared stories about Veninga's love of sports and the promising future he no longer has. They also offered prayers for the teen's family and for an end to violence in their community.
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A former barge worker from Granite City has received the maximum sentence of 20 years for his role in a foiled plot to abduct, extort and electrocute a wealthy metro-east lawyer.
A federal judge sentenced 46 year old Brett Nash on Thursday, fined him $500 and ordered a mental health evaluation. Nash pleaded guilty in December to a felony count of solicitation of a violent crime.
Authorities said Nash's scheme involved forcing the intended victim into a hot tub and tossing in a radio to electrocute him. Nash then wanted to throw in the intended victim's cat with the hope that police would think the animal caused the electrocution. The intended victim hasn't been identified.
Nash argued at the sentencing that he never planned to commit murder.
We now know the identity of a 13-year-old boy who was shot and killed in Granite City Wednesday night.
Clayton Veninga was sitting on the porch of his home when a group of people started shooting. Witnesses say the teen started running for help when he collapsed--he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Police are not certain if Veninga was the intended target and are asking for anyone who has information to call the CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.
The police say the man barricaded himself in his home and told officers he had weapons and explosives. The situation started around 4 AM and officers took him into custody just before 11 AM. The man was taken to the hospital and a bomb squad searched the home for explosives.