Study: How many teens text and drive in the Heartland?

According to a new Center For Disease Control and Prevention study Missouri is one of the most dangerous states for teen texting and driving.

  IL state lawmakers discuss funding at SIUC

State Representatives met with members of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale this afternoon to talk about how the state can help the higher education system.

Law allows Medicaid flexibility for 'medically fragile' kids

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law that gives families of extremely ill children more flexibility in health care.

1 taken by helicopter, others injured after crash on Rt. 51 in Jackson Co., IL

A two-vehicle crash caused several injuries in Jackson County, Illinois on Monday, August 20.

AbbVie donates $100M to Ronald McDonald House Charities

Drugmaker AbbVie is donating $100 million to Ronald McDonald House Charities, which help provide housing to pediatric patients and their families throughout the U.S.

Illinois State Fair vendors see drop in attendance, sales

Illinois State Fair vendors say attendance and sales declined from last year.

Rauner rejects expanded union benefits for paramedics, EMTs

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation that would expand benefits and collective bargaining rights for city paramedics and emergency medical technicians.

FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY today due to severe storms

We are issuing a First Alert Action Day for Monday afternoon and evening, August 20.

Law allows firearm permit grace period during renewal

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law that allows Firearm Owners Identification cards to stay active even if Illinois State Police renewal isn't completed by their expiration date.

Driver killed, vehicle goes airborne and crashes through field in Jackson Co., IL

The vehicle became airborne for a short distance before traveling through an agricultural field and came to rest in a ditch.

No threat to public safety after train derailment in Franklin County, IL

According to Franklin County Emergency Management, a Union Pacific train hauling flatbed cars derailed south of Webster Street.

Jackson County deputies to increase patrols during holidays

The Jackson County, Ill. Sheriff's Office will begin its Traffic Safety campaign. According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, in the upcoming weeks, deputies will be conducting patrols aimed at encouraging safe driving through the Labor Day Holiday. Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android These patrols are meant to increase enforcement of Driving Under the Influence, occupant protection, speed and distracted driving laws. This was made possible by a ...

Festivals, parades to mark Illinois' 200th Constitution Day

A series of festivals, parades and other events will mark the 200th anniversary of Illinois adopting its state constitution.

1 in custody after shooting investigation in Mt. Vernon, IL

One person is in custody after a shooting left one person injured in Mt. Vernon, Illinois on Saturday, August 18.

2 injured in two-vehicle crash on I-24 in Massac County, IL

A two-vehicle crash sent two to the hospital on Aug. 18. According to ISP, Paul Price, 46, was driving on I-24 when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed the median eventually hitting a semi truck driven by Courtney Baxter, 43. Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android Price and his passenger Thomas Griffey, 38, were taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. Baxter refuse treatment at the scene. Price was charged with Too Fast For Condi...

Union County Fair celebrates 138 years

This year marks the 138th anniversary of the Union County Fair. The fair is host to many events for the week. The Queen Pageant is Aug. 19, with the concerts, a rodeo and even the demolition derby.  Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android Some of the attendees share their experiences.  "It's just tradition. I grew up as a kid in this town and I've never missed the county fair. I've never missed one ever I don't guess," said Mike Meisenh...

IL Gov. signs bill allowing hunters to wear blaze pink, increase poaching penalty

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation legalizing blaze pink hunting gear in addition to orange and increasing penalties for wildlife poaching.

New 5-day bike ride to feature Illinois farms, vineyards

Bicyclists will get to tour central Illinois farms, vineyards and breweries during a new, five-day ride scheduled as part of Illinois' Bicentennial celebration.

Study: Most Illinois kindergarteners weren't ready in 2017

A new study by the Illinois Board of Education shows that less than a quarter of the state's children were fully prepared to enter kindergarten last year.

Evangelicals confront sex abuse problems in #MeToo era

The developments are happening as the Roman Catholic church struggles with a new wave of clergy sex abuse cases.

IL man arrested for reckless driving; PD urge safe driving in school zone

A man is in custody after being caught driving erratically near schools in Elkville on multiple occasions.

Williamson Co. IL passes gun control resolution

Williamson County is the latest addition to the list of counties to pass a gun control resolution.

Carbondale, IL man facing meth charges

A Carbondale, Illinois man was in court on meth-related federal charges.

Shots fired leads to arrest of Carbondale, IL man after argument

During the course of the investigation, officers identified the suspect as Traeshonne D. Blythe, 25, of Carbondale, Ill.

West Frankfort, IL man accused of threatening a judge

A social media threat against a Circuit Court Judge is under investigation in Franklin County, Illinois.

Teen dies in shooting outside Chicago basketball game

Authorities say a 15-year-old boy has died and a 14-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting following a large fight at a basketball game in Chicago.

Three arrested in Franklin Co., IL burglary investigations

Three adults were arrested in Franklin County, Illinois on burglary charges in separate investigations.

Sparta, IL based National Guard firefighting team returns from Iraq and Syria

Family and friends met at the Army National Guard Armory in Sparta, Illinois, Aug. 16, for an emotional reunion.

Man accused of child sex abuse arrested in Franklin Co., IL

A 19-year-old Ewing, Illinois man was arrested Friday, Aug. 10 after a months-long child sexual abuse investigation in Franklin County.

Sen. Duckworth wants investigation into possible ethics violation at VA

Illinois U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth, along with New Hampshire U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, is asking the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of the Inspector General (IG) to investigate whether the VA leadership violated any federal law, policy, or their ethical obligation to Veterans.

No one injured in Anna, IL pickup truck fire

Anna Fire Department responded to a vehicle on fire on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

  Clean Energy Potential program seeks grant applicants

In February, an initial round of 11 schools applied for grants and each one was approved.

Gov. Rauner signs law requiring state jobs be in capital

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law requiring state jobs to be located in the capital city unless there's good reason to put them elsewhere.

Chicago initiative will return lost animals to owners faster

Chicago has a new strategy to return lost animals to their owners more quickly and keep them out of the city's animal shelter.

Public meeting held in Chester, IL to discuss heroin, opioid epidemic

The Chester, Illinois Police department held a public meeting to educate the public on the opioid and heroin epidemic going on in southern Illinois and around the U.S.

KS man charged in connection with Carbondale, IL officer shooting

Alex B. Karcher, 24, of Salina, Ks is charged in relation to the shooting of Officer Trey Harris.

Rauner blames Chicago mayor for 'failure' on violence

Gov. Bruce Rauner says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has "failed horribly" on public safety after gunfire in the city last weekend injured more than 70 people and killed at least 11.

Murphysboro, IL felon sentenced for possessing metal knuckles

Michael C. Carr, Jackson County State's Attorney, announced that Scott A. Evans, age 34, of Murphysboro, Illinois, was sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections for the offense of Unlawful Use of Weapons by a Felon.

Carterville, IL police chief resigns, interim chief appointed

Carterville, Illinois Mayor Brad Robinson says Police Chief Heather Reno is no longer with the force.

Exxon asked to pay $1.8M for Arkansas oil spill damage

State and federal officials are asking Exxon Mobil to pay more than $1.8 million in compensation for a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas.

Man, woman arrested on several drug charges in Johnston City, IL

In Johnston City, Illinois a man and woman were arrested on several drug charges on August 9.