Another interstate closure will delay drivers in the metro-east this weekend.
The Illinois Department of Transportation will shut down westbound Interstate 55/70 between IL Rte. 203 and the I-64 merge starting at 9:00 p.m. Friday.
Eastbound Interstate 64 will remain closed this weekend between 25th Street the split.
Detours using Interstate 255 will be marked.
Both closures are related to the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River. Both highways should reopen by Monday morning; Westbound I-55/70 by 5:00 a.m.. Eastbound I-64 by 9:00 a.m.
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.
Justin DeRyke was in court Thursday to enter a not guilty plea for the murder of his young niece.
With the plea, DeRyke moved the case closer to a trial. Police say DeRyke admitted to stabbing 7-year-old Willow Long to death, but he claims it was to "put her out of her misery". He claims that the girl fell into a pile of brush and a stick stabbed her in the neck. An autopsy result turned up evidence that prosecutors say contradict his story. The judge set the trial for December 2.
If convicted, DeRyke faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
St. Charles police believe the man accused of drugging and raping a 13 year old girl and taking nude cell phone pictures of her, probably had more victims.
Forty-seven year old Thomas Wilburn is charged with statutory sodomy, statutory rape and enticement of a child under age 14.
St. Charles County Prosecutor Tim Lohmar says Wilburn lured the girl to his apartment in May through a singles' telephone chat service that's supposed to be for adults only. Lohmar calls that disturbing. "It is very concerning that somebody who's underage could find their way, not only into the chat room, but to be able to participate in the chat room," Lohmar said.
Lohmar says this girl probably wasn't the only victim Wilburn met through the chat service. "We have reason to believe that there are other victims out there, for sure," he said.
Police say Wilburn was identified through court ordered phone records.
Wilburn is a registered sex offender with statutory rape convictions in 2007. He's currently jailed on $100,000 bond.
CAVE-IN-ROCK, Ill. (AP) - Vendors at a recently completed outdoor festival featuring the Insane Clown Posse rap-metal group say they haven't been paid thousands of dollars by promoters of the yearly southern Illinois event.
The Southern Illinoisan reports that several vendors at the Gathering of the Juggalos say they've received bad checks from the promoters of the event near Cave-In-Rock.
Hardin County Sheriff Jerry Fricker says his department got a check from the promoters, Michigan-based Psychopathic Records Inc., as a donation for equipment such as protective vests and stun guns. But Fricker says that check bounced.
The festival has been staged for the past several years near Cave-In-Rock, drawing thousands of people for a week.
A message seeking comment was left Thursday with Psychopathic Records.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - New Census Bureau figures show Illinois' poverty rate remained stubbornly near 15 percent last year, and anti-poverty advocates say that's a sign an economic recovery isn't trickling down to the least fortunate.
The latest figures suggest that 14.7 percent of Illinoisans, or about 1.85 million people, lived in poverty last year. That's down ever slightly from 15 percent, or 1.88 million, in 2011.
The national rate also remained at 15 percent.
Amy Terpstra of the Chicago-based Heartland Alliance's Social Impact Research Center says the latest figures may make the case for raising Illinois' minimum wage. It's set at $8.25 an hour. Gov. Pat Quinn is pushing that idea, but business executives say it could backfire and force employers to eliminate jobs.
The top health official in the nation is in St. Louis to take part in a discussion about the Affordable Care Act.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius met with local and state officials as part of a nationwide push to educate taxpayers about changes coming with Obamacare on Thursday. Part of the ACA calls for an expansion in Medicaid, but the legislature has rejected that proposal.
Sebelius will met with officials at City Hall at 2 PM.
Police believe they have one captured one of two suspects who were involved in a series of car break-ins.
The crimes occurred overnight. Police say the two men entered six cars that were parked in the 5800 block of Walsh and Delor. Investigators say all of the cars were unlocked. Police chased the suspects from the scene, but caught only one. Officers used a stun gun to subdue the suspect.
The search continues for the second suspect.
A Troy, Illinois man is facing charges for having child pornography.
Tyler Bergland allegedly downloaded several images and videos over a six month period. If convicted he could face up to 20 years in prison, supervised release for the rest of life, and a $250,000 fine.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - New U.S. census data shows that Missouri is one of just two states where median incomes fell in 2012 from the previous year, as many residents continue to grapple with a slow-to- recover economy.
Median household income in the state was $45, 321 last year. That's a 1.6 percent decline from 2011. Nationally, the median income for U.S. households in 2012 was $51, 017. That figure remained flat after two previous annual declines.
The federal Census Bureau also reported a statewide poverty rate of 11.7 percent. But for single mothers with dependent children, the poverty level hovers around 44 percent.
Statewide, nearly 270,000 of the 1.5 million families who participated in the annual American Community Survey reported household incomes under $24,999.