>>State Rallies To Support Relief Efforts In Philippines

(Undated)  --  Organizations across the state are mobilizing to help relief efforts in the Philippines.  In Springfield, the Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach is sending basic medical supplies that are typically needed after a catastrophe.  Filipino-Americans in Southern Illinois are trying to help family members by organizing a fundraiser on the SIU campus.  St. Clare Catholic Church in O'Fallon and all Catholic Diocese of Belleville will be donating their collections from upcoming services to victims of last week's typhoon.

>>U of I Students Decontaminated After Chemical Incident

(Urbana, IL)  --  Authorities are airing-out a U of I building after a chemical incident forced five students to be decontaminated.  Urbana firefighters were called to the Chem Annex late yesterday afternoon following the initial report of an explosion.  A university spokeswoman says the students put hydrochloric acid in a waste basket that contained nitric acid and caused a chemical reaction.  One student was splattered and four others also needed to be washed down.

>>Rural McNabb Woman Identified In Deadly Weather-Related Crash

(El Paso, IL)  --  Authorities are identifying the woman killed in a weather-related crash during the first measurable snowfall of the season.  Seventy-one-year-old Sharon Goldasich was on her way to visit family in Putnam County when her SUV lost control on northbound Interstate 39.  Police say she slid into the path of a semitrailer truck and the vehicles collided.  The rural McNabb woman was pronounced dead on the scene late Monday night.

>>Sangamon County Board Approves Additional Spending For 2014 Budget

(Springfield, IL)  --  The Sangamon County Board is approving a two-million-dollar increase in spending for next year's budget.  The "State Journal-Register" says increases include a five percent hike in the sheriff's budget largely due to prisoner health care costs.  The new budget doesn't include any layoffs, but about ten people will be retiring and not replaced.  The board approved the budget last night that also includes increases in pension payments and salaries for current employees.

>>Downstate Church Holding Concealed Carry Seminar

(Herrin, IL)  --  A downstate church is holding a concealed carry seminar that includes a Biblical perspective.  The "Just In Case" seminar is being held at the Community Of Faith Church in Herrin.  Organizers say it's designed to give religious people the training needed to get permits and the spiritual foundation to support that decision.  The two day event is this weekend.

>>Chrysler Plant Running Again After Chemical Incident

(Belvidere, IL)  --  A Chrysler assembly plant is running again after a chemical incident caused an evacuation.  Authorities arrived at the Belvidere plant around noon yesterday after a mixing problem produced noxious fumes.  Officials say that no one was injured or got sick, and the plant was evacuated as a precaution.  Area fire departments deployed mobile ventilation units, but gave the “all-clear” last night.

>>Marriage Costs Going Up In East-Central Illinois County

(Champaign County, IL)  --  Champaign County is asking future newlyweds to pay more to tie the knot.  The price of getting a license will double to 75-dollars next month.  Extra cash is going towards the county’s budget next year, which increases spending by about 50-grand.  A marriage license is good for 60 days, so brides getting married before the end of next January should hurry up and get their licenses at the lower rate now.

>>Alton Man Charged With Trying To Disarm Police Officer In Struggle

(Godfrey, IL)  --  An Alton man is in jail on 75-thousand-dollars bond for allegedly trying to disarm a police officer during a struggle.  The Madison County Sheriff’s Office says that a deputy went to a Godfrey home on Monday after family members asked 24-year-old Jason Alton to leave.  Alton allegedly pushed the deputy to the ground and began to struggle with him.  Police reports say that Alton tried to pull the deputy’s handgun out of its holster before another officer arrived and arrested him.

>>Murphysboro City Council Asking Incarcerated Alderman His Plans

(Murphysboro, IL)  --  Murphysboro’s City Council is trying to figure out how to handle their incarcerated alderman who continues to get paid.  Ronald Nolan faces kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault charges from an alleged incident in September.  And now jail officials say he broke a guard's finger and struck another while he tried to flee his jail cell.  At last night’s meeting, the council decided to send Nolan a letter asking him what his plans are, since they legally can’t fire him yet.

>>Granite City Welcoming New Brewery To Area

(Granite City, IL)  --  Downtown Granite City is adding another brewery to the area.  The micro-brewery and restaurant will be called Six Mile Brewery and Smokehouse and will be located in the historic First National Bank building.  The name is a tribute to the community’s original nickname “Six Mile Prairie,” because farmers traveled six miles to market their corn in St. Louis.  The “Belleville News-Democrat” says some beer-making equipment is already present in the building.

>>Vial Of Former Pope's Blood Comes To Peoria

(Peoria, IL)  --  A rather interesting relic of a former pope is coming to Peoria.  A vial of Pope John Paul the Second’s blood, encased in a gold Book of the Gospels, will be at St. Mary’s Cathedral next Monday night.  John Paul was Pope of the Catholic Church for 27 years until his death in 2005.  The vial of blood represents the official relic used in advancing the cause for his sainthood, which is scheduled to become official next April.


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